American Revolution Activities & Games

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

The American Revolution can be taught through a variety of games and activities. This is a great way to keep your students engaged and interested. This lesson provides several ideas for you to try in your classroom.

American Revolution Activities and Games

The American Revolution is an exciting and dramatic part of history. It's therefore, perfect for creating engaging instruction. One way to do this is through activities and games. In this lesson, we'll go through a few ideas for activities and games you can use in your classroom for teaching students about the American Revolution.

Causes and Effects Game

Although people like to simplify it, the truth is that the American Revolution had many and complex causes. It also had many and complex effects. We can turn the array of causes and effects into a game. Start by creating a set of index cards each with a particular cause or effect of the American Revolution. Causes could include the lack of representation in Parliament, the French and Indian War, the Stamp Act, the Boston Massacre, and more. Effects could include the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Paris, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, Britain's national debt, the French Revolution and so forth. Also include a set of cards which have no relationship to the American Revolution at all.

To play this game, pairs or groups of students must sort the cards into causes, effects, and neither. Next, they must sort the causes into chronological order, and the same with the effects. If a particular cause or effect does not have a specific date, then it can be included at the start or end. Students continue like this until the cards are fully sorted. To make it into a competitive game, students can compete with other groups to be the first to finish sorting the cards.

Revolution Timeline

For this activity, have students create a timeline of important events in the American Revolution. Start by creating a blank timeline on a classroom wall, or on a long white board. Write down names of events on regular paper, and shuffle them so that they are in random order. Put students into groups, and have each group take turns placing an event on the timeline, sticking it to the wall with tacks. The representative from each group must change each time, to give as many students as possible an opportunity to place an event. If a group places an event correctly, they get a point. If a group places an event incorrectly, the next group must try to place it correctly. This continues until a group finally gets it correct. At the end of the game, when all events are placed correctly, the group with the most points wins.

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