I have been using Mr. Nerbovig’s interactive posters in my history classes for the past 5 years. Simply put, my students love them! I have the large posters on my classroom walls, and it does not take very long for students to begin reading them and asking if they can play. Once we do play, many students become hooked and ask throughout the year to play again. Their feedback includes enjoyment of the risk taking element in the game, competing against their classmates, and even the information presented. As a teacher, I appreciate the simplicity in teaching the games to the students, and the ability to incorporate historical knowledge, probability, and decision making in one activity. The activities are also flexible enough they can be used individually, in group settings, or as an entire class activity. Teachers can use these as a 15 minute activity, for an entire class period, or even create a class tournament. I guarantee they will be a big hit in your classroom and something your students will always remember about your class.
Written by Mike Thalacker – Middle School Social Studies Teacher, Eau Claire, Wi. June 2013
Background: Have you ever imagined what it would be like to have experienced some of the greatest moments in time that changed the course of history? Now, suppose you lived during these momentous times. Could you prove yourself equal to ten world conquerors’ by carefully considering the risks and rewards before taking appropriate action?
Procedure: Carefully read the information given for each step. Then select one of the three available options. Next, randomly select a number from the array of numbers that lie on the perimeter of the poster to determine the outcome of your choice. Then record the points for the step. At the end of this activity, record the cumulative points to see if you were the world’s greatest conqueror.