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American Civil War Simulation Activity + 1 year Subscription to The Online Simulation Platform
American Civil War Simulation Activity + 1 year Subscription to The Online Simulation Platform
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This simulation activity starts with the election of 1860. Students take the roles of individual states and vote for the candidate that most closely matches the majority of that states political beliefs. Students will face the same challenges and advantages both the North and South had during the Civil War.
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     Teaching a unit on the Civil War for high school students can be difficult. Other than black and white photographs and textbooks, there is no way to bring the experience of a country divided alive for students. With this Civil War simulation, however, you can get them caught up in the conflict. Easy to set up, this lesson plan can be customized to any size classrooms. Students will become caught up as they face the same questions that politicians of the time faced. They’ll represent specific states and in the process work in small groups with other states from their side of the conflict.‚Ä®
    In this Civil War Lesson Plan, students begin by learning about the presidential election of 1860.    Guided by their objectives, students engage in strategy, and problem solving.  The “magic” behind this activity is that students become emotionally involved with their states and competitive about achieving their objectives.  This Civil War Simulation Game is a collection of Microsoft Word and Excel documents.  The documents are organized in binders or in a computer lab/1:1 set-up electronically for students and used in combination with the Civil War Map on your projector to bring this Civil War Unit to life in your classroom!
    ‚Ä® produces interactive history lesson plans for high school and middle school students. Developed and honed over 2 decades of use, the Civil War Simulation is used by classrooms throughout North America.
     The Civil War Lesson Plans are a unit students will look forward to and which often results in students doing work outside of their classroom to be fully prepared for the conflict. It’s a unit that future classes will be looking forward to participating in, because of what they’ve heard from current students. At just 39.95 it will be one of the best investments you as a teacher can make.

Who is it for?

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


What's included?


    1.     Civil War Simulation Documents

    a.     Student Overview

    b.     State of the Union

    c.      Battle Calculator

    d.     Spine Inserts For 3 Ring Binders

    e.     Leader Assignments

    f.      Display Flags

    g.     Classroom Set-Up Diagram

    h.     State Covers For 3 Ring Binders

    i.       Rules of the Civil War Simulation

    j.       Teacher Overview

    k.     Teacher Instructions

    l.       Civil War Railroad Map

    m.   Civil War Factories Map

    n.     Civil War Political Map

    o.     Civil War “War Map”

    p.     Top Secret Documents: States (26)

    q.     Civil War Simulation Report


a Flow Chart
b Common Core
c Teacher Orientation
d Student Orientation


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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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