The tables below share some great resources we've found for using games to teach social study skills to middle school age students. If you have similar games to share, add them in the "comments" section on the bottom of this page.
The game is essentially mine sweeper with a twist. Students need to uncover the different artifacts and avoid the hazards. Once an artifact is recovered, the student can click on it and read about how it relates to the history of Jamestown.
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In Strike it Rich, players take on the persona of a different person who took part in the gold rush. Players must balance different attributes, such as health and wealth, while they try to strike it rich.
Do I Have a Right?
In this game, students play the part of an attorney managing a law firm that specializes in the 27 amendments. Players must match the different clients and their possible civil rights violations up with the attorney who specializes in that aspect of the law (ie freedom of religion, double jeopardy).
Executive Command is a game in which a player acts as the president. In the game, students must delegate responsibilities amongst the different cabinet positions, serve as commander and chief as well as serve as the chief diplomat of the country.
The Road to the Capitol
In The Rode to the Capitol, students navigate a congressional campaign answering trivia questions to gain popularity in the polls.