following is a list of simulations with suggestions for use with
SaskEd. curriculum. These examples are drawn from various sources.
Some materials are available for free while others require purchase.
All offer some features that can be adapted to a specific program.
In several cases, the material was developed by industry. These
resources may require the teacher to offer a balancing viewpoint.
simulation - suitable for Gr. 7 Resource unit, it can be adapted
to issues in Gr. 6 and 7 Language Arts. This is a simple but fun
one period simulation. All the required materials, except the
candy of course, can be downloaded. Just follow the link.
Simulation - available from Elections Canada, this free kit
is targeted to cover Gr. 5 through 12. Units with themes of power
or governance from Social Studies programs may make use of this
material. The kit includes a binder with all terms, handouts and
a guide to the scenario. It also includes a guide for running
a student union campaign. This may be an interesting way to adapt
the class activity to a genuine activity. The link will take you
to the order form.
Forest for All
- developed by the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association, this lengthier
sim is set in a fictitious town at odds about a proposed expansion
of forest harvesting. The students are assigned roles as members
of the community. Placed into groups these members take a specific
position on the proposal. Having researched their position and
roles, they bring their arguments to a town hall meeting. It's
at this meeting that a decision is made on the matter. This simulation
that fits well with the Gr. 7 Resource unit. The sim can be adapted
to cover Gr. 7-12. The opening activity involves listening to
a radio program. The text of the broadcasts are in the printable
materials.You can stream the audio via your computer for class
use. The text of the program is in the downloadable document (.pdf
United Nations - There are a number of publications available
to allow teachers to establish a simulated United Nations. Gr.
10 Social Studies deals with the development of the United Nations
while Gr. 11 Social Studies discusses world governance. Both themes
make may use of these resources. Many model UNs have been posted
on the web.
- this intriguing simulation activity is part of a Gr. 7 LA unit
produced by the Saskatoon Public School Division. This component
informs the student of the political system in place during the
middle ages. If would be suitable as an activity as part of the
Gr. 7 Power unit. Groups of students play members of the family.
The family is seeking to become vassals of Lord (or Lady)Whinesalot.
In order to earn that status they must prove their worth. Each
family must prepare to make their plea before the lord. They prepare
an oath of fealty, a coat of arms, a family history, a drawing
of their proposed castle and a map of their fief. In period costume,
they present these materials as part of their plea. Follow-up
activities are included.
Real Game - originally created in Canada, this is a board
game that simulates life and career planning. The main Canadian
website is here.
The game seeks to simulate the reflection and choices that are
made by adults as they seek out career paths. The game is available
in different versions to suit specific grade levels. Aspects of
the game fit well with the suggested activities and themes of
curriculum. A number of school divisions have already purchased
this resource. Teachers may wish to check with their division.
Hand You're Dealt - this simulation deals with issues of equity.
Developed by Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, the preamble
states that it centres around "the factors which impact one's
success in a stratified society and the uses of power and influence."
Students are issued a face card that signifies the individual's
identity and earning potential along with the accompanying benefits
or detriments. Players engage in the trading of cards to accumulate
wealth. Possession of certain key cards offer advantages through
various activities within the game.
trials etc.- The Public Legal Education
Association of Saskatchewan offers a number of free, low cost
or free for loan modules related to legal issues. They have simulations
that have specific application to several curriculum themes. Within
the site are materials for teaching themes including human rights
(Health/Lifestyles) and power (Social Studies). Material available
is relevant to grades 5 -12.
Simulations - these games are very popular among students and
often have an educational component. Game titles such as Oregon
Trail and Amazon Trail may be familiar examples. Sometimes referred
to as strategy games, they typically involve the manipulation
of a group or society. The most well known are the Sid Meier series
prefixed by "Sim" as in SimCity or SimFarm. Choices
are made within a scenario. Circumstances rising out of these
choices as well as unexpected events challenge the player. Historically,
most computer sims have been single player but recently there
has been an increase in network play. This means that groups of
students can compete within a scenario while seated at different
stations. Game settings vary widely from fictitious to historically
based. Listed below is a sample of reviews and titles. The list
is by no means exhaustive.
Coaster Tycoon - develop and manage a theme park
3000 - control most aspects of city development
Centauri - human kind enters space in 7 diverse groups
III - Simcity in ancient Rome
- a cross between monopoly and Wall Street with a sci-fi feel.
This is a free to use download.
series - complex through the ages simulation. Players
lead their nation from ancient times to the brink of space
travel while completing against other nations.
- build and run a railway business
Tycoon - based on the board game but broader scope. It
is a real-time game of business management and city building
with many of the elements of the board game. Aspects such
as collecting rent, paying taxes and improving property will
be familiar to the user. Up to six people can play on a network.