Fur Trappers and Beaver Pelts

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Young scholars explore the history of Colorado's fur trade. Using a series of primary source documents and the included graphic organizer, students examine the causes influencing the growth of this industry and the effects it had on both the people and the environment.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Include this lesson in a social studies unit on Westward Expansion as a language arts lesson on cause and effect
  • When discussing examples of cause and effect in students' lives, demonstrate how to fill in the provided graphic organizer
  • After pupils complete the cause and effect graphic organizer independently, allow them to share their ideas with a partner or small group before having a whole class discussion

  • Clearly states the concepts addressed in the lesson
  • Offers critical thinking questions to guide a class discussion about the fur trade
  • Lesson is easily adaptable to upper-elementary Common Core standards

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