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This Roman City challenge allows students to work in small groups for approx. 5 minutes each day to meet and make decisions as a city (the effects of those situation choices are decided by the teacher each day) and the goal is to have the greatest population by the end of the challenge. This activity is best used in conjunction with a unit/chapter on the history of Ancient Rome.
Based on their decisions, the teacher can decide how their population, money, and state of happiness is affected. Some challenges include invasion from other cities, plagues, shortage of foods, and other fun situations and scenarios that create a choice they must make as a team. There are many twists, and is completely controlled by the classroom teacher.
The groups may also choose to throw one another before the mercy of the Senate, live peacefully, or plan strategic pillaging of other groups.
Suggestion: I project a map of Ancient Rome on my board each day with city markers for each of their city-states that grow or shrink based on the decisions the make as a council.