Seuss, Dr. (1984). The Butter Battle Book. New York: Random House.

A make believe situation of an arms race and possible final ending with no winner declared in this Zooks vs. Yooks conflict. Global escalation and crisis is abound with this cold war classic.

Rollin' in the Resources Game

Explore the use of resources available internationally. Participate in a simulation to explore who has access to resources – locally or through economic means.
Designed by Leslie Suters
Game Introduction
Rollin in the ResourcesIntro.pdf
Game Rules
Rollin’ in the ResourcesRules.pdf
Resource Cards
Rollin in the Resources Cards.pdf
Rollin in the Resources money.pdf
Challenge Cards
Rollin in the ResourcesChallengeCards.pdf
Income Score Card
Resources Score Card


Create a Flag or Map (Suters)
Divide students into groups and give each group a sheet of plain copy paper to create. Each group will create an imaginary country. The group will discuss and answer the following questions about their country before they start designing their flag.
  1. What is the name of your country and where is it located?
  2. What is the national bird and flower?
  3. What types of geological features does your country have?
  4. What is the weather and temperature like in your country?
  5. What kind of animals live in your country?
  6. What type of government does your country have? How does it work/operate? Who’s in charge?

After the groups have presented their flags and shared the information about their country, assign each student an actual country. The students will do research on their assigned country, to find how that country decided on its flag and the history behind it. The students will use the internet and encyclopedias to do their research.
  1. Why is it important for each country to have its own flag?
  2. Why is it important to be able to recognize each flag?
  3. How would you teach someone to recognize the differences in the flags?

As an extension ask the students to draw a map of their country. The students will show the country’s boundaries and any land formations it might have. Such as mountains, rivers, etc.

Teaching Suggestion: Display a map of the world on the board. Create your own magnets with clipart of different flags. Each day review a country and its flag, and then stick the flag into position on the map. This way the students can visually see the different countries and flags.