Lesson Plans

Teach your students history with engaging, easy-to-implement,
and effective Time Travel Field Trips.

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Spies of the Cold War

One class period. 5th grade and up.

Today you’ll be going back in time to become a spy in the Cold War. Can you navigate a world of secrets, lies, and shifting loyalties to protect your country from possible annihilation?

Can you accomplish your mission and still make it home alive?

Get a whole new understanding of the Cold War years – through the eyes of the real men and women who risked their lives for what they believed in.

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Spies of World War Two

One class period. 5th grade and up.

Today you’ll be going back in time to become a spy during World War Two.

The Allies are gearing up for the D-Day invasion; they need you to stop the German Army from getting to Normandy Beach on time. How will you and the French Resistance fighters disrupt the German Army’s communications and troop movements?

Can you accomplish your mission and still make it home alive?

Get a whole new understanding of World War Two – through the eyes of the real men and women who risked their lives for what they believed in.

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Spies of World War One

One class period. 5th grade and up.

Today you’ll be going back in time to become a spy during World War I. The German Army is occupying Belgium. Can you sneak across the heavily-guarded, high-voltage electric fence to get into Belgium? Once you’re there, can get gather information and get it safely back to headquarters without getting caught?

If the Germans catch you spying, they will arrest, interrogate, and possibly kill you.

Do you have what it takes to help save the world?

Get a whole new understanding of World War I – through the eyes of the real men and women who risked their lives for what they believed in.

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Spies of the Civil War

One class period. 5th grade and up.

Today you’ll be going back in time to become a spy for the Union or the Confederate States.

What side will you fight for?

Get a whole new understanding of the Civil War – through the eyes of the real men and women who risked their lives for what they believed in.

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Spies of the American Revolution

One class period. 5th grade and up.

Today you’ll be going back in time to become a spy for General George Washington.

Can you help the Patriots win against terrible odds?

Get a whole new understanding of the American Revolution – through the eyes of the real men and women who risked their lives to help the Patriots.

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Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Bundle

Six class periods, 45 minutes to an hour each. 4th Grade.

Take your class back in time to participate in all aspects of the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade. Using actual primary sources, risk your life as a Mountain Man, barter and trade at the Rendezvous, and experience the thrills and dangers of the Santa Fe Trail. Will they get rich…or end up dead?

The bundle deal saves you 10% off buying each unit individually, and is more convenient to download.

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Traders and Forts

Two class periods, 45 minutes to an hour each. 4th Grade.

Take your class back in time as they become traders and build forts using actual primary sources. Bring the thrills and dangers of the Santa Fe Trail to life as your students learn about the flow of goods and services in Colorado and throughout the West. Will they succeed – or go bankrupt?

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Rendezvous

Two class periods, 45 minutes to an hour each. 4th Grade.

Inspire your students’ imaginations as they step into the roles of being a trapper or trader in 1834. As they try to earn money and navigate rugged landscapes, you facilitate conversations about risk vs. reward, courage, and the rigors of the Rocky Mountain fur trade. These dynamic lessons serve your students for weeks to come, and easily connect with math skills as well.

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Mountain Men

Two class periods, 45 minutes to an hour each. 4th Grade.

Serve as a guide for your class as they travel to 1829 to become a mountain man and learn first-hand about the Rocky Mountain fur trade. Together, you’ll face unexplored wilderness, wild animals, and unknown dangers. Using primary sources, you inspire the students to empathize with these early pathfinders and deepen their comprehension of this critical moment in American history.

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Colorado Gold Rush: Mining in Leadville

Four class periods, 45 minutes to an hour each. 4th Grade.

Spend a week diving into the Colorado Gold Rush with your class. Each student takes on the identity of a real person from the time, so that their imagination, memory, and connection to the material deepen. The lessons are interactive and all based on interesting historical facts. Plus, the curriculum is designed for you to easily implement – utilizing Powerpoint, video, handouts, and a step-by-step teacher’s guide.

Mining is an excellent way to teach Personal Financial Literacy lessons, in the context of real-life situations.

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Causes of the American Revolution

Five class periods, 45 minutes to an hour each. 5th Grade.

Spend an entire week traveling back to Colonial Boston at the time of the American Revolution with your class. Inspire honest conversations and reflections about the start of our country, while being historically accurate. Completely engaging and interactive, your students will talk about this week for years to come! Plus, this curriculum is designed for you to easily implement – utilizing Powerpoint, video, handouts, and a step-by-step teacher’s guide.

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Pioneers on the Wagon Train to Denver

Four class periods, 45 minutes to an hour each. 4th Grade.

Spend a week traveling across 600 miles of trackless wilderness with your class. Watch as your students begin to understand the history of our land, and the important everyday people who made a difference in our country’s development. Plus, this curriculum is designed for your to easily implement – using Powerpoint, video, handouts, and a step-by-step teacher’s guide.

Kind words from our superhero teachers.

TTFTs are a completely comprehensive and interactive experience for kids to learn history in a meaningful way.

Kelly Kirby

Teacher

The students were actively engaged and excited ALL day long. I loved the integration of cooperation and history/math. I LOVED the higher level thinking.

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Jane Hutchinson

Teacher

A highly engaging, immersive experience that students will remember long after the textbook fades!

Katie Strabala

Teacher

Memorable way to learn CO history – very integrated instruction!

Kristin Padalecki

Teacher

Bring the time period to life through emotional investment and decision making!

Carrie Beattie

Teacher

Fun and exciting, suspenseful and a great experience.

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4th Grade Student

A Time Travel Field Trip is an exciting, interactive experience where the kids don’t even realize how much they are learning!

American Revolution is the perfect time period for our fifth grade social studies curriculum!

Lorin Shimonek

Teacher

A wonderful experiential opportunity for students to be presented with, consider, and work through multiple perspectives as they learn history. Students were completely engaged. I especially enjoyed listening to students share their final products. Your use of technology, primary sources, and student choice in the “game of life” will solidify today’s learning.

Dominique Jones

Teacher

Imaginative and fun, yet grounded in serious history and with serious purpose.

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Jim Merrell

Professor of History, Vassar College

Time Travel is a role playing experience for kids that they can’t get from a textbook.

Renee Reasy

Teacher

Use History to Engage Your Students

Are you ready for your students to be excited about history class? Want to teach fun, interactive lessons that require almost no prep time from you? Ready to take some things OFF your plate? These resources to make your life easier, and your students life-long learners. Download a unit or schedule an in-class field trip today!

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