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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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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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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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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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.

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Great Lakes Fur Trade

New! Online game!

Are you full of daring, with a heart for danger and a head for numbers? Can we tempt you to sign up for an adventure up rivers and across wilderness to the great Northwest?

Adventures in a Birchbark Canoe lets you experience the early Great Lakes fur trade, from 1748 to 1803. All identities, choices, and consequences are real.

Teaches all essential Personal Financial Literacy concepts.

3rd grade and up.

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