Book 1 – Early America

Early American – Book 1

Unit 1: Settling the New World

  • Jamestown and the Puritans – In this simulation game students will play a board game on which they must get to the finish line.  Along the way there are ladders to help them move ahead and pits that causes them to move backwards.  Students must answer trivia questions based on early New World settlements along the way.

Unit 2: Economy of the New World

  • Colonial Archeological Dig-  In this apprenticeship simulation students will act as archeologists who dig through time capsules left over from the colonial period to classify the physical geography and economy of the three regions of colonies: northern, middle, and southern.
  • Indentured Servitude- In this recreation simulation students will play the roles of poor Europeans, Southern plantation owners, indentured servants, and eventually slaves. Europeans will have to “feed” themselves by cutting strips of paper.  As  their supply l diminishes they will have to decide whether to leave for America or face starvation.
  • Slavery- In this recreation simulation students will play the roles of captured African slaves traveling through the Middle Passage to the Americas.  They will reenact and envision the conditions endured by enslaved Africans.
  • Colonial Murder Mystery- In this apprenticeship simulation students will play the roles of British detectives trying to solve the murder mystery of Langley Thomas, a wealthy, Virginia plantation owner. There are four suspects that each represent a sector of colonial American society, each with a motive to kill Mr. Thomas.

Unit 3: American Revolution

  • American Revolution Tour-  In this recreation simulation, students will journey back in time to witness and recreate the major events that led to the American Revolution.  Students will be divided into groups and will be given a picture to follow in creating paper clothing and props..
  • Loyalists, Patriots and Neutrals Dating Game-  In this analogous simulation students will be playing the classic TV show the Dating Game as loyalists, patriots and neutrals.
  • Influence of John Locke- In this analogous simulation students will be playing the role of kings and citizens in a country.  In the first two rounds, the students will be forced to endure a cruel king who regularly denies them their natural rights to life, liberty, and property.
  • Declaration of Independence- In this analogous simulation and simulation game students will act as experts on the Declaration of Independence.  They will try to help a thirty-year-old history “nerd” use the Declaration as a guide to attempt to leave home and venture out on his own.
  • Battles of the American Revolution- In this recreation simulation and simulation game students will be divided into teams of boys and girls and recreating the battles of the American Revolution in which the Americans won. Students will play the roles of the British and the Americans.  For each battle, students will do a challenge to recreate the battle.  They will earn team points for successfully completing the challenges.

Cost: $129