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Seventh-grade ancient history students practiced adaptive expertise as they engaged in a Silk Road trade simulation. Using tables to represent various cities along the historic Silk Road, each table specialized in a unique set of goods (sodas for Chang'an, China, chips for Samarkand, Uzbekistan, chocolate candy for Antioch, Syria, and fruit candy for Rome, Italy). Whatever goods each table acquired through trading after three rounds were theirs to keep. The students then completed a reflection and engaged in a discussion making connections between the simulation and the historical realities of the real Silk Road trade.