Teacher Review For Cuba's Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis

Great activity to explore differing outcomes to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Joe T.
Classroom teacher
Cabell Midland High School
Ona, WV
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My Grades 10, 11
My Subjects Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
Special needs
How I Use It
I used the product as an extension activity. Students that had completed their work could explore the game and make decisions about how do deal with the Cuban Missile Crisis. I'm hesitant to recommend it for low literacy students because there is quite a bit of dialogue. Since there is no time limit, the student could take their time, but this could be frustrating. Advanced and general learners get the most out of the game by making different decisions each time through the game to find different outcomes.
My Take
I like the app overall because it offers several different options and different outcomes. It requires users to think about political and military options and consequences to the problem. Based on the users decisions, the crisis is either diffused or nuclear Armageddon takes place. Be too aggressive with the USSR or too passive and nuclear war begins. The outcome is then compared to the decision making ability of a former president of the United States such as George W. Bush or Jimmy Carter. Overall, I believe it is a good blend of entertainment and situation based learning.