Forms of Government Simulation Role-Play

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This simulation/role play activity gets students to deal with limited resources. They each are assigned a different government to be, and as that government, they need to solve government problems by functioning how their government functions. Goes with "Forms of Government Simulation Handout". In response to the comment below, I tell them they should reallocate their resources based on the new problem that has arisen, so they have to stretch their "budget" of labor and currency with each new problem.

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August 2015
I am wondering if each group is assigned a different form of gov't? Or do the groups continually rework their solution based on reconsidering the problem now that their form of gov't has changed? I want to do this but am unclear on the steps. Thanks!
March 2015
My class really enjoyed working together on the challenges and trying to imitate the different styles of government accurately. However there was a question about what happens between Problem 1 and Problem two. They wondered if the soldiers they hired from Problem one could be retained and carried over to help with problem two. Because it was assumed that soldiers were kept indefinitely, there was little chance that money would become a problem. I think if it were noted that soldiers retire after the second problem it might illustrate the fact that you should not put all your eggs into one basket,or you should not throw all your resources at one problem. It was a very engaging and active classroom activity and I believe they will remember it.