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This list includes the title of the game, a link, and a description of the games benifits.

Geography

  • Where in the World is Carmen San Diego

This detective game asks students to solve geography questions in order to catch to thief Carmen Sandiego. http://www.kidsclick.com/descrip/carmen_world_del.htm

Civic

  • SimCity

This game allows students to try to build and run a city. It forces students to make decisions of how to plan a city as well as try to govern a safe place for people to live. http://simcity.ea.com/

History

  • Civilization

Students lead a civilization from hunter and gatherers to world domination. Uses real city names, historical events and figures. Emphasizes importance of diplomacy, trade, geography, and technology.
http://www.civ3.com/

  • Risk

Allows students to see the strategy of the Roman Empire by playing the game of how to take over the world.
http://www.smart-estore.com/product_detail.asp?StoreId=236814&i=0&c=&a=&ProductId=1758

  • Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome

Allows students to play and try to build Rome, as well as experience historical moments. Could be played over the course of the Rome unit.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00001LDCC/qid=1140984562/sr=8-6/ref=sr_8__i6_xgl63/103-5503130-8542268?v=glance&s=videogames&n=468642

  • Egypt; Tomb of the Pharoah

Game that allows students to interact and explore Egypt.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00004ZCO7/qid=1140984255/sr=8-4/ref=sr_8__i4_xgl63/103-5503130-8542268?v=glance&s=videogames&n=468642

Economic

  • Monopoly

Allows students to use the principles of economics by playing the game of Monopoly.
http://www.smart-estore.com/product_detail.asp?StoreId=236814&i=0&c=&a=&ProductId=1744

How a Bill Becomes a Law This activity leads students through the process and procedures used to pass a legislative bill to a law. The object is to answer the questions correctly to help Mr. Bill become a Law. http://edtech2.boisestate.edu/alfredm/Portfolio/574/574finalproject.html

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