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European Imperialism In Asia and Africa Simulation Activity
History Simulation
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Teaching a unit on the Asian and African Imperialism for middle or high school students can be difficult. It deals with events hundreds of years ago and with foreign countries students might only have a little knowledge of. With the Imperialism lesson plan students will get caught up in history as they represent various countries who have interest in Asia and Africa. Easy to set up, this lesson plan can be customized to any size classrooms. Mr. Harms produces interactive history lesson plans for high school and middle school students on a variety of subjects.
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Key Objectives of the Simulation Activity:
A. Understand the inter-relationship between: industrial production, natural resources and markets. (Why Imperialism happened)
B. Understand the general geography of Asia and Africa.
C. Understand how the advancement of technology impacted colonies and parent countries.
     The activity begins with 8 groups representing European Countries.  At the start, each country has natural resources and industrial production that are equal in size.  Groups have the option of spending their national income on research and development to increase their industrial production, their military for military conquest in Asia or Africa or they may save some income for a later turn.  As each country makes their moves, students are watching and learning from each other.  As Industrial production grows, income will only grow if markets and natural resources grow at the same rate.  Because this activity is made up of Microsoft Word and Excel documents, it is completely customizable. 


a Flow Chart:
b Teacher Tutorial:

Who is it for?

  • 7th Graders (12 to 13-year-olds)
  • 8th Graders (13 to 14-year-olds)
  • 9th Graders (14 to 15-year-olds)
  • 10th Graders (15 to 16-year-olds)
  • 11th Graders (16 to 17-year-olds)
  • 12th Graders (17 to 18-year-olds)
  • Homeschoolers
  • Parents
  • Teachers


What's included?

  • . List of Materials included:


                a. Groups List

    b. Map of Europe

                c. Map of Asia and Africa

                d. Operations Manual: Imperialism

                e. Spreadsheet: Imperialism

                f. Student Report



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About the Seller
David Harms
AA Ellsworth Community College
BA University of Northern Iowa - 1992

Major: History Teaching Education
Political Science
Minor: in Coaching
Teaching Experience:
22 years (1993-Present)

Certified to teach in Iowa:
5-12 World History
5-12 American History
5-12 Government


     I started in October of 2011 and teachers around the country have found the programs an invaluable addition to their curriculum. The programs are easy to use and can be customized by teachers. They are also designed to be used year after year. Although most simulations are designed for high school students, we now offer programs for elementary school students.
     During the simulation, students are constantly using their critical thinking skills to develop strategies and carry on tough negotiations with the other leaders.  Because students become so interested, they seem to learn a lot more. Games for kids can create an interest level that is hard to duplicate in the ordinary Social Studies setting.  Over the years, I kept adding different aspects to the simulation and eventually created something that really got the kids excited and passionate about history.  I also found that students were much more engaged after doing the simulation as we went over what really happened and compared it to our simulation.  The discussions and questions flowed like never before.  Teaching students that are interested is so much more fun!

Facts About Me: 

1. I am a full time teacher at Iowa Falls-Alden High School, Iowa Falls Iowa, USA
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