Escape the Berlin Wall Lesson

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Students of History
Grade Levels
7th - 10th
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This Escape Room style lesson helps students learn about the Berlin Wall and Cold War division between the East and West as they "Escape From Berlin"!

Students move through 9 stations on different aspects of the Berlin Wall. These stations are:

  • Plans for a Wall Around Berlin
  • The Building of The Berlin Wall
  • The Death Strip
  • Checkpoint Charlie
  • Berlin Wall Graffiti
  • A Convertible Escape
  • A Daring Hot Air Balloon Escape
  • Escaping with a Stolen Tank
  • A Tunnel Into East Berlin

At each station students complete a reading and must answer 4 questions. The answers will help students decipher 4 clues. Students use these clues to simulate a top secret escape from Berlin during the Cold War. In order for them to successfully "Escape Berlin" they must decipher the:

  • Location of their escape
  • Contact point
  • Date and time
  • Secret code word to enter

This is a very fun lesson that will help your students better understand the Cold War division of Germany and Berlin Wall.

A great activity to extend this lesson is this Berlin Wall Reading, Worksheet, and Interactive Notebook. Or you can get both resources plus tons more great activities in my Cold War Complete Unit Bundle!

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Total Pages
20 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social studies.


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