Are you looking for an interactive and engaging World War 1 Simulation for the classroom?  Instead of lecturing to students about the Great War, engage students with this interactive activity.

-Background of the countries involved in the war.

-The role alliances played in drawing multiple countries into the conflict.

-How Mobilization escalated tensions in Europe

-The affects of fighting a two front war.

-The advantage of the Allies Navy

-Students will develop a sense of Nationalism for their countries.

World War 1 Map Activity

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The Sequence of the Game

1913 Day 1

On day one of the simulation, the teacher introduces the simulation and goes through the Student Orientation Video or uses the Power Point / Keynote Presentations.  

Next, the teacher will read and explain the following documents:

-Student Overview

-World Situation Summary

Then the teacher announces a "News Flash" coming across the wire: The Archduke of Austria-Hungary and his wife have been assassinated in Sarajevo! 

Tensions begin to mount as the teacher directs the leaders of Austria-Hungary and Serbia to write speeches that will be read at the beginning of the next class (1914). The remainder of the period sees a flood of negotiations and diplomacy as leaders of the alliances meet and discuss the crisis.  

WWI Simulation Schedule

1914 Day 2


On day two, Austria-Hungary and Serbia start the class by reading their speeches in relation to the assassination of the Archduke of of Austria-Hungary. 


Next, the teacher asks if any countries would like to mobilize their armies.  As students begin to raise their hands they take note of whether their neighbors are mobilizing or not and they can see each country's armies getting bigger on the map.  


Negotiations among and between the alliances start to get more intense. The Central Powers go first and so it's up to them to declare war or invade other countries.  After they have finished all of their battles they will go into movement.  This is where you can move any army or navy forces you did not use during the war phase.

World War 1 Map Activity Online War Map
Order of Turns for WWI Map Activity

Transition To a Student Led Activity

1914-1918 Day 2-6

At this point, you are managing the map and students are driving the simulation through their objectives

     Your students will take the roles of Woodrow Wilson, David Lloyd George, Kaiser Wilhelm II, Tsar Nicholas and many others.  Most importantly, your students will get excited about The Great War and want to learn more!

  • Form Alliances           
  • Conduct Diplomacy
  • Negotiate Deals         
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Problem Solve             
  • Critical Thinking
Design of the War Room (Classroom)

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National Standards

Era 8- A half century of crisis and achievement, 1900-1945
World History Content Standards

Standard 2: The causes and global consequences of World War I

Standard 2A: The student understands the causes of World War I

Therefore, the student is able to:

Analyze the relative importance of economic and political rivalries, ethnic and ideological conflicts, militarism, and imperialism as underlying causes of the war. (analyze multiple causation)
Analyze the precipitating causes of the war and the factors that produced military stalemate. (analyze cause-and-effect relationships)

Standard 2B: The student understands the global scope, outcome, and human costs of the war

Therefore, the student is able to: 

Describe the major turning points of the war and the principal theaters of conflict in Europe, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, and the South Pacific.
Analyze the role of nationalism and propaganda in mobilizing civilian populations in support of "total war". (Examine the influence of ideas)
Explain how massive industrial production and innovations in military technology affected strategy, tactics, and the scale and duration of the war. (Analyze cause and effect relationships)
Analyze how the Russian Revolution and the entry of the United States affected the course and the outcome of the war. (Analyze cause and effect relationships).