Cold War Simulation Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is for teachers to use as their students learn about the Cold War. Students will watch a video lesson and re-enact various scenes from the Cold War.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define the Cold War
  • Summarize the effects of the Red Scare on Americans


This lesson will take approximately 45-90 minutes.

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


  • Cold War
  • Duck and Cover
  • Federal Civil Defense Administration
  • House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC)
  • Red Scare
  • Taft-Hartley Act

Lesson Instructions

Activate prior knowledge by creating a concept map with students about the Cold War.

Watch The Cold War in America: Effects on Everyday Life with students. Pause at 0:75 to ask:

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