This is a general overview of my approach to creating effective classroom simulations. While I focus on history and social studies, these guidelines can be applied to language arts, science, mathematics, etc. See my other content contributions for actual simulation lesson plans.


  • Arts > General
  • Social Studies > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10


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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-04-14.

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Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This asset is a very useful overview of how to create simulations for students. The two page document includes a rationale on the value of simulations, guidelines for creating effective simulations, suggestions for the number of students, and ideas for using manipulatives during the simulation. There are a few references to topics that could be used for a simulation such as warlords in Feudal Japan or factory workers in the Soviet Union. It should be noted that the contributor provided a model of a simulation about cultural diffusion that is posted on Curriki.

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