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WW1 Dodgeball Simulation

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Angela Willis

on 24 July 2014

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Transcript of WW1 Dodgeball Simulation

What are we doing?





WWI Dodge ball Reenactment

Active Learning Activity

Guyer Campus


Putting Students into a war situation gives them the opportunity to be a part of their own learning while still learning what needs to be covered within the curriculum.

After the game, you will be able to answer the following questions:

1. Which side (attacking or defending) had the advantage?

2. Put yourself in the shoes of a WWI soldier. How would you feel about going “over the top” and participating in this style of attack? Why?

3. What are some of the major characteristics of trench warfare?
Game Concept
The 5 D's of
Dodge ball

Students will take part in a dodge ball game that follows the history of the Great War.
Students will be given “Ammunition” that will allow them to Hit the Other Players at designated times throughout the Simulation.
1. If you get hit in the torso, neck or head, you are "out" (dead) and must play dead where you fell.
2. If you get hit in the leg or arm, you're "wounded" and can't use that arm or leg
3. You can't block a bullet with a bullet, so you can't block a dodge ball with a dodge ball
4. "Friendly fire" - accidentally harm your teammate
5. Whistle blows - Stop Playing
6. You can't catch a bullet (Ball)
1. When the whistle is blown, all soldiers run for the balls.

2. Soldiers try to wound the soldiers on the other team by hitting them with the bullets (balls)

3. If you are hit, you must immediately fall to the ground.

4. The Teachers Will At Random Call Out “Over The Top,” The Students will Leave Their Trenches And Emerge Out Into No Man’s Land to make Progress. The Teacher will call out "Retreat!" The students will leave No Man's Land and return to their trenches

How to Play Dodge Ball?
(B) Identify major characteristics of World War I, including trench warfare and high casualty rates
Soldier's letter home
Students will put themselves in the shoes of WW1 soldiers by writing a letter home to a loved one or a Dear Diary entry.
Central Powers v. Allies
*Students will turn their letters in for a grade.
Write a letter explaining what you discovered through your experience.

Letters should include the following:

The student will describe Trench warfare
The student will describe the Battle and How you were wounded
The student will explain why his/her country won or lost the battle
1. Trenches - Tumbling mats, boxes, etc.
2. Strategies to overcome stalemate
Green Allies
Orange Central

July 20, 1918

My own beloved wife

I do not know how to start this letter. The circumstances are different from any under which I ever wrote before. I am not to post it but will leave it in my pocket, if anything happens to me someone will perhaps post it. We are going
over the top
this afternoon and only God in Heaven knows who will come out of it alive.

I am in his hands and whatever happens I will look to him in this world and the world to come. If I am called my regret is that I leave you... I go to him with your dear face the last vision on earth I shall see and your name upon my lips, you the best of women.
Oh! How I love you all and as I sit here waiting I wonder what you are doing at home. I must not do that. It is hard enough sitting waiting. We may move at any minute. When this reaches you for me there will be no more war, only eternal peace and waiting for you.

Yours for evermore,
Company Sergeant-Major James Milne

What conclusions can you draw from this map about WW1?
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