Design a Fur Trading Post Historical Thinking Activity

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Have your students use their creative, critical and historical thinking skills to demonstrate what they have learned about life in Early Canada during the fur trade. Students are hired by the Hudson's Bay Company to scout out a new location for a fort in the new world in this project based learning activity. They will need to present a map of the location, a visual representation of what the fort is expected to look like and a written report outlining how life will be sustainable in the fort, including the weather, defense, trade, natural resources and how furs will be transported back to Britain. Students need to have a basic understanding of the fur trade and basic geographic knowledge of Canada in order to be successful. This is a very open-ended task, with a clear rubric outlining the content which is expected to be addressed. A checklist is also included for students. For about 30 minutes of teaching time up front (not including imparting the basic knowledge upon students), students are kept engaged in their learning for 2-3 weeks of social studies classes. Student samples of the tasks are included with a detailed rubric.

This activity has been tested with five different groups of grade five students and is a HUGE hit. Students have made forts that included diagrams, building blocks, video games, cardboard and even one made of sticks and mud.

This task aligns with the Alberta Program of Studies for Grade 5 Social Studies: Early Canada, but is broad enough to be used with any lesson covering Canada's fur trade.

Does your classroom implement Universal Design for Learning? This activity is perfect for your "multiple means of expression" principle.

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What our customers have said about this product:

***My sixth graders enjoyed this as an at-home project during our Canada unit. The requirements were flexible enough to address my students' needs. They especially loved the Minecraft option. Looking forward to doing it again. (Thank you FebMommyof2)

***This is the perfect resource. I have a combined 4/5 class and I was able to accommodate my grade 4s (fur trade in Alberta) and my grade 5s (fur trade in Canada). They are really excited to start social class every day. (Thanks Deanna F)

Thank you for your consideration! Happy fur trading from the Brain Ninjas!
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13
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks

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Design a Fur Trading Post Historical Thinking Activity
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Design a Fur Trading Post Historical Thinking Activity
Design a Fur Trading Post Historical Thinking Activity
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