American history comes alive for your students with these group problem-solving exercises based on critical turning points in history. Games take only 1- 4 hours. Easy set up and record keeping. 12 fun and engaging activities for less than what other publishers charge for a single game! New Dust Bowl Simulation! Easily reproducible playing pieces!
American history comes alive for your students with these group problem-solving exercises based on critical turning points in history.
Games take only 1- 4 hours. Easy set up and record keeping.
12 fun and engaging activities for less than what other publishers charge for a single game!
New Dust Bowl Simulation! Easily reproducible playing pieces!
Simulation games covering issues and events in US History...All have their foundation in the serious history which they address. Added to this are dramatics, color, and flexibility which readily entice students into the thorny issues raised. Each game can be used on its own, and each contains all you need to play, though many teachers will naturally add still more information, costumes, and other play aids. Debriefing questions and conversations are included for each activity.
- Brad Maguth
Jeremy Hilburn and I were happy to endorse Richard Di Giacomo's books at the National Council for the Social Studies Convention because there is a growing demand amongst Social Studies teachers to use simulations and encourage active learning. --Brad M. Maguth, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Education Department, Hiram College
The History Teacher magazine
- Julie Peters
Dewey knew it. Good teachers know it. Real, authentic learning happens best when students are engaged in the material and, most importantly, when they get a chance to do something rather than simply passively receive information. Veteran teacher Richard Di Giacomo's extensive collection of simulations and role-playing games, ... are written to help teachers add to their reserve of new strategies. Di Giacomo offers an impressive variety of simulations designed help students step into history.
Social Studies Teaching Activities Books: An Annotated Resource Guide
- Gary Lare
In this book students are put in roles in historic situations with the group solving problems and resolving conflicts. Rules are kept simple, and the games can be completed usually in one or two class periods. ...Reproducible game pieces are provided.
Richard Di Giacomo graduated from San José State University with a BA in Ancient and Medieval history, a BA in Social Science and an MA in American History. He has been a teacher for over 20 years and has taught in a variety of schools from private and continuation schools to public high schools. He has taught everything from at risk and limited English students to honors and college preparatory classes. The subjects he has taught include US and World History, Government, Economics, Bible and Ethics, History of the Cold War, and Contemporary World History.
He has been a reviewer and contributor to textbooks, and a frequent presenter at social studies conferences on the use of simulations, videos, and computers in education. Rich’s love for role-playing and strategy games led him to develop his unique books which combine the open-ended outcomes of role-playing with the tough decisions made by people in times of historical crisis. Students often relate that these are their most memorable and enjoyable activities of the year. They bring history to life so vividly that students can’t seem to stop talking about the simulations long after class is over!