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In this lesson, students learn interesting facts about the fall of the Berlin Wall as they complete several projects including a WebQuest (Internet Scavenger Hunt) to answer questions about the topic.    A complete answer key is provided for the WebQuest for easy grading, along with resources for both teachers and students.  The student questions are included in both a print version and a digital (editable) version to make it easy for students to complete the lesson digitally or on paper.  Also included with this lesson is a word search puzzle that includes an answer key, perfect for early finishers or as a part of the lesson.  Finally, students research a portion of the events that led up to the fall of the wall and create a presentation using Microsoft Sway.  Optionally, they can present this to the class.

This lesson is intended to be an introduction to the topic and was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary or high school as well.  This is also a great lesson to leave for a substitute teacher!


This lesson is great for distance learning/remote learning. You can upload it to your school’s learning management system (Google Classroom, Edmodo, Canvas, etc.) or share with students via Google Drive.


Files included:

  • Teacher & Student Resources
  • Important Moments in History: The Fall of the Berlin Wall WebQuest Activity (print and editable digital files included)
  • Important Moments in History: The Fall of the Berlin Wall WebQuest Answer Key
  • Word Search Puzzle – The Fall of the Berlin Wall Vocabulary (includes answer key)
  • Events of The Fall of the Berlin Wall Presentation Project Expectations
  • Quick Start Guide:  Microsoft Sway

Approximate Lesson Duration:

  • WebQuest – 1 (50 minute) class period
  • Word Search Puzzle – 15 minutes
  • Presentation Project in MS Sway (including research) – 2-3 (50 minute) class periods
  • Additional time for student presentations to the class, duration depends on class size and is optional