World War I Simulation Activity Upper Elementary Version + 1 Year Subscription To The Online Simulation Platform

History Simulation


  • Grades: 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
  • Subjects: Social Studies
  • Product Type: Game, Lesson/Unit Plans
  • Format: Digital product, Downloadable

Product Description

Your elementary students will take the roles of world leaders Woodrow Wilson, David Lloyd George and Kaiser Wilhelm II and many others. -Develop Alliances -Engage in Diplomacy -Negotiate Deals -Strategic Planning -Problem Solve -Critical Thinking Most importantly, your elementary school students will get excited about The Great War and want to learn more!

HistorySimulation.com produces interactive history lesson plans for students. For any teacher planning a unit on World War 1, this lesson plan is a great way to bring history to life for them. The original program was developed and tested over years of use and is used by nearly 200 high school teachers throughout North America. This Elementary WWI Simulation Lesson Plans were adapted by Stephen Henderson, Elementary teacher in Pella Iowa, from our more advanced World War One Simulation for High School and Middle School

The adapted version of the WW1 Simulation offers upper elementary teachers the opportunity to bring World War One to life by placing history in the hands of the students. With modified instructions and simplified terminology, the adapted version gives elementary students the opportunity to engage this great conflict in new and challenging ways.  The Elementary WWI Lesson Plan Simulation also offers questions that cover broader concepts in order for elementary students to begin to understand the level of influence this conflict had on a global scale.

This WW1 simulation will help get students interested and excited about learning. Instead of simply recreating what happened in the Great War, students can alter the course of history through the decisions they make. This program can be customized to any class size and become a unit that future students will look forward to.

>Modified Instructions
>Simplified Terminology
>Broader Concepts


Who is it for? 

  • 5th Graders (10 to 11-year-olds)
  • 6th Graders (11 to 12-year-olds)
  • 7th Graders (12 to 13-year-olds)
  • 8th Graders (13 to 14-year-olds)
  • Teachers
  • Parents


What's included?


    Teacher Materials:


  • Teacher Overview
  • Teacher Instructions
  • Teacher Day Notes
  • Battle Calculator Spreadsheet Instructions
  • Battle Calculator
  • 3 Ring Binder Materials:
    1. Country Covers
    2. Spine Labels
  • Mobilization Chart
  • News Bulletins:
    1. Sarajevo
    2. Lusitania
    3. Russia Surrenders
    4. Zimmerman Note


Student Materials:


  1. Head Table:
    1. Alliance Certificates
    2. Declaration of War Certificates
  2. Top Secret Binders: (Three Ring Binders)
    1. Student Overview
    2. World Situation Summary
    3. WWI Alliance Map
    4. WWI Display Map
    5. Leader Lists
    6. Rules of The Simulation
    7. Intelligence Report
    8. Display Flags for Desks
    9. Top Secret Documents & Simulation Reports (By Country) Each Country has only their top-secret materials.

                                               i.     Austria-Hungary

                                             ii.     Belgium

                                            iii.     Bulgaria

                                            iv.     France

                                              v.     Germany

                                            vi.     Great Britain

                                           vii.     Greece

                                         viii.     Italy

                                            ix.     Japan

                                              x.     Montenegro

                                            xi.     Ottoman Empire

                                           xii.     Portugal

                                         xiii.     Romania

                                          xiv.     Russia

                                           xv.     Serbia

                                          xvi.     United States



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About the Seller

History Simulation
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

About HistorySimulation.com

     I started HistorySimulation.com 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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