One of the activities we did in the German area related to the Berlin Airlift. The premise of the game was that students were trying to fly supplies into Berlin during the blockade. We had a model Berlin set up and students made paper airplanes for the supply run.
I used the Brandenburger Tor model my students created last year, then made a "blockade" using a wall of index cards.
Here's how the activity worked:
- If a student wanted to play, they first made a paper airplane. We also had a few pre-made ones for anyone (like me) who doesn't really know how to make a paper airplane.
- Students then took a short quiz on the Berlin Blockade. There were seven multiple choice questions, all of them pretty basic.
Questions included: How many sectors was Germany divided into after WWII? How many people lived in Berlin during the time of the blockade? What country controlled Berlin at the time? How many supply runs were made during the blockade? How long did the blockade last?
Again, since this wasn't in class and based on a unit, they were multiple choice questions. Most students got at least three correct.
- We had three lines marked at different distances from the Berlin table. If students got 5+ questions right, they got to stand behind the closest line. If they got 2-4 right, they were behind the second line. If they got 1 or fewer right, they were behind the last line. Students got three chances to try and get their airplane into Berlin. They had to get it OVER the blockade wall but it had to land ON the table.
If you're looking for an informative activity to do at a fair, or if you talk about East Germany with your students, this is a quick, fun activity to do with them.
- Frau Leonard