What better way to teach, review, and encourage broad learning than to use interactive games in your class? These games can be played on ANY computer whether you have a Smart Board in your classroom or not -- all you need to do is download the free "Smart Notebook Viewer" available from the company! All games are used in my classes and have been designed and improved based on student reaction and input.
(See download link at bottom of description to get the Smart Notebook Viewer program.)
24 GAME SLIDES IN ALL -- many of which include multiple rounds / items / problems!
About the games -- they all cover the topics of the Post-War years and the Cold War through 1970. These games are based on the material in Chapter 12 of Glencoe's World History: Modern Times but of course history is history. These games teach and review the relevant vocabulary to the era such as dÃ©tente, Berlin Wall, Cuban Missile Crisis, Civil Rights Movement, GDR, FRG, Warsaw Pact, NATO, etc. You can use these games to teach about Khrushchev, the Iron Curtain, satellite states and many other topics no matter what textbook you use! However, if you ARE using the Glencoe text, these games will perfectly coordinate with the chapter listed and really make your lesson planning a snap!
All the games are interactive and many of them are self-checking.
I like to use the games on the Smart Board with a few students at the board at at time while the other watch, and then follow that with a trip to the computer lab where EVERY student can play on an individual computer at his/her own pace. The students learn and retain more via games than via other types of review activities, and they enjoy history and tell others how fun your class is -- it's a win/win teaching strategy.
Some of the games are also very appropriate as "teachable moments" -- the answer is "Kondad Adenauer," so who can tell me more about him? Let's look at his leadership of West Germany in a little more detail before we continue to the next slide... you get the idea.
The download file is a zip archive containing three separate Smart Notebook files. This is for your convenience -- the games are separated by topic:
Assorted: 11 games, many of them focusing on key vocabulary and sequences of major events during the post-war and Cold War years.
Geography: 6 games to help students identify countries to the east and west of the Iron Curtain and locate the Iron Curtain itself
Leaders: 7 games focusing on key leaders of the era in the Soviet Union and Western Europe.
All the games are locked, but people who purchase the file can contact me to request the password that will unlock the slides and let you edit the games, customizing them further to your own content if so wished.
The preview file for this download contains sample games to give you a taste of what is possible when you teach history the fun and interactive way.
Don't have a Smart Board? NO PROBLEM! With the free Smart Notebook Viewer program, any Windows computer can open a Smart Notebook file, and students can play the games with a mouse or touchscreen!
To download the free Smart Notebook Viewer install file, click below:
Details about the Smart Notebook Viewer: From SMART Technologies: With SMART Notebook interactive viewer, anyone can open your lessons and view pages with page sorter, play embedded recordings and Adobe Flash content, write over content in digital ink and interact with widgets, animations and activities. Once SMART Notebook interactive viewer is downloaded, users can open a SMART Notebook file and its attachments without an Internet connection.
History Games created by Elise Parker