7 Games for Building Decision-Making Skills

Decision making is at the foundation of social and emotional learning and is key to success in school and life. These great games place students in a variety of interesting and difficult scenarios that get them thinking through decisions, seeing the consequences, and learning management and responsibility.

Game Description
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The Oregon Trail

Strong pioneer-simulation game with secondary emphasis on history.


Hall of Heroes

Responsive game helps students prepare for transition to middle school.


SimCityEDU: Pollution Challenge!

Classic city-building game tuned to teachers' needs.



Exceptionally well designed games, lesson plans demystify government.

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Sid Meier's Civilization V

Legendary strategy game is a hit with history buffs in school and out.


Democracy 3

Nuanced political sim about the balancing act of government.


Papers, Please

Mature immigration game forces tough ethical choices.

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