Cold War Simulation Lesson Plan
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This Cold War Lesson Plan will help you to Bring History to Life for your high school and middle school students. This interactive simulation on The Cold War is a hands on lesson plan that incorporates critical thinking skills and problem solving skills. Students assume the roles of world leaders in 1962 as they become actively involved in the Cold War. Easy to set up, this program can be customized to any class size. Students will feel the anxiety and pressure of this high stakes simulation and won't forget this experience any time soon. It’s a course that every year will become one of your most anticipated activities and that students will be talking about long after the project is done. Students are motivated to research their countries as well as the other countries to find out what other leaders motivations might be.  
This lesson plan is a compilation of Cold War events such as: The Cuban Missile Crisis and The Berlin Crisis. The Cold War Simulation features an aggressive Stalin-like Soviet leader who believes the U.S. and its Allies don't have the guts to go all the way!  Escalation is the name of the game, as both sides have Defense Condition (DEFCON) alert levels.  The Students actually become very nervous as the alert status increases and both sides push toward Defcon 1 and ultimately to an all-out nuclear exchange!  The NATO side works to develop a consensus on how they should deal with the Soviet and Warsaw Pact threat. Students learn to negotiate, and become expert diplomats as they weave through the complex situations that arise.  The stakes have never been higher!  Students have multiple options in this simulation ranging from armored divisions to tactical nuclear weapons to ICBM's and SLBM's. The concept of self-interest becomes very evident in this simulation.  Each country has objectives to complete which keeps the simulation from getting off course.   This Cold War lesson plan consists of Microsoft Word and Excel documents. Now with Common Core Reports!

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You need 1 teacher license for every teacher that is going to be using the simulation.  The number of students or classes involved in the simulation does not matter.  You can use the simulation as many times as you want.  If you need to add a teacher license: Adding a Simulation Teacher License


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