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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