Simulations and Instructional Games
Using Simulation Games in the History Classroom - A TeachingHistory.org blog series
Gaming can make a better world - a 20 minute Tedtalk video
Farming in the Gilded Age - A Teaching Channel video for grades 9-12 complete with teacher's guide. (history, economics)
Connect with Haji Kamal - A decision making model designed for the USArmy
Nobel Prize- The Nobel Prize organization has a whole section on education simulations/games that have been nominated and/or won Nobel prizes! Social studies topics can be found in multiple categories: medicine, peace, and economics.
Historical Simulations - A collection of historical simulations
Flight to Freedom - This role-playing game simulates the experience of fugitive slaves.
Westward Ho! – (6-12) Travel the Oregon Trail! Lots of laughter, learning and realism in this online simulation.
Edo Japan, A Virtual Tour - A detailed virtual tour of 18th century Edo (now Tokyo) using traditional web pages.
iCivics- Lessons and games that include simulations for studying constitutional rights, debating, roles and responsibilities of the president, and the 3 branches of government.
Playing History- A collection of historical simulations and games that include various areas of social studies.
Mock Trials - The law firm of Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C. does a mock trial related to the sinking of the Titanic for sons and daughters of their employees. They provide a complete set of information and hold a simulated trial so that sons and daughters can see the legal process at work in an interesting manner. Their web site at provides plenty of great information.
The Council for Economic Education: The National Budget Simulation
Civics: Model United Nations in Japan (Registration opens May 1, 2016)