To imitate the bartering (trading) session in the American Colonies, I invented this engaging activity where students bring in their own items to trade with each other with no money exchanges. I also invented several alternative games to vary the activity. It can be done in one class session. Besides learning about bartering and the techniques of trading, they learn that good and bad deals can be made.
That's horse trading! They love "trading" but they also learn the value of "hot" properties and junky items.