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Over the past few months I have been teaching in an 8th grade Social Studies class. The classes that I am currently working with have uniform PowerPoint lessons everyday that for the most part bore the students to tears. Since I have been involved in the lesson planning for these classes, I have implemented several lessons that involve role-playing and simulation activities. I have had them break into groups to form a Constitutional Convention, as well as act out stories that have been passed down through time about important historical figures; such as Nancy Hart. I have found that these types of lessons are effective, fun, and a change of pace from the boring PowerPoint lecture The following resources have supplemented my lessons, as well as encouraged other teachers in my school to approach lesson planning for Social Studies in a different way.

The following are 7 helpful resources to help you better understand this fun way to make Social Studies more enjoyable and educational for everyone involved! (There are two scholarly articles, one lesson plan of simulation in the classroom, a conversation via Twitter, a blog, as well as a YouTube video)Edit

This is an article by Adam Blatner that breaks down what exactly Role Play in Education is. He takes a more psychological and scientific approach of explaining it, but if you are unclear about the logic of Role Playing in Education is, then check this out!

http://www.blatner.com/adam/pdntbk/rlplayedu.htm

This PDF goes into detail about the advantages and disadvantages to role play in education. http://imet.csus.edu/imet3/odell/portfolio/grartifacts/Lit%20review.pdf

This website offers several online interactive, simulation activities; anything from Columbus's voyage to the Civil War.

http://socialstudiescentral.com/?q=content/online-interactive-simulations

The idea of a Constitutional Convention simulation activity sounds stressful, but this lesson plan provides steps to take to help it run smoothley, be educational, as well as fun.

http://ssecamoreperfectunion.com/PDFs/Constitutional_Convention_Lesson_Plan_Web_Version_by_Pavao.pdf

This conversation on #sschat offers some great advice about simulated learning as well as some great resources.

http://www.edutopia.org/groups/social-studies/101638


This blog shows increasing intrest, through statistics, in Game-Based learning and Simulation learning and distinguishes the differences in the two.

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/marketplacek12/2013/09/demand_for_game-based_learning_simulations_continues_to_grow.html



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