World War 1 Simulation Activity: Upper Elementary Edition. This interactive World War 1 lesson plan is designed for upper elementary students. This is a simplified version of the World War One Simulation created for the High School and Middle School Levels. That program is already in use by hundreds of teachers and was developed over years of testing and modifications. The language, objectives and questions for that program have been simplified for the Upper Elementary level. This version could also be used for lower level learners at the MS and HS levels. This simulation was created in collaboration with Stephen Henderson, an Upper Elementary teacher in Iowa. This is a unit that can be easily repeated each year and can be customized to any class size. Now with Common Core Reports!
The lesson plan begins with the “World Times” newspaper report announcing the assassination of the Archduke Francis Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary. All eyes turn on Serbia, who is rumored to have sponsored the assassination of the Archduke. The leaders of Serbia and Austria-Hungary read prepared statements the next day. Now students begin meeting with other countries: forming alliances, negotiating deals and plotting strategy for war. Guided by their objectives, young students engage in diplomacy, negotiation and problem solving. The “magic” behind this lesson plan is that students become emotionally involved with their countries and competitive about achieving their objectives. This World War One Simulation is a collection of Microsoft Word and Excel documents. The documents are organized in binders, for students and used in combination with the War Map on your projector to bring World War One to life in your classroom! Now with Common Core Reports!
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