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Costs of the Iraq War

Length of Time:   45 Minutes


The US led coalition fought in Iraq from March 2003 until December 2011. There are many ways to evaluate what this war cost both countries. In this activity, students will first look at those elements that can be measured specifically. They will then consider the less tangible but equally import costs of this conflict.

Essential Questions

How does a nation assess the cost of war?

Common Core Standards

Content Standards

Grade 6: World Geography: Concepts and Skills:

  • History and Geography: Reading and Interpreting Maps
  • Economics
  • Learning Standards: Western Asia (the Middle East)