Coureurs de Bois, First Nation Peoples, and the Fur Trade

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The interactions between the Coureurs de bois (runners of the woods) and the First Nation Peoples as they engaged in the fur trade are the focus on this Canadian history exercise. Kids select learning centers based on their learning style preferences, examine the materials provided, and then craft a presentation of their findings to the whole class.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups research the history of trade goods in their area, of the uses of various furs, and of the efforts of current groups like PETA
Classroom Considerations

  • While the resource is designed for Canadian students, many of the concepts are appropriate for US classrooms as well
Pros

  • The resource includes a survey that helps class members determine their learning style
  • Provisions for differentiated instruction are included
Cons

  • None