All About Trappers

 

 

 

By: Jillynne LeVitre & Melanie Gardner

A Unit for 4th or 5th Grade

 

Here is a little lesson plan you could use to wrap it all up!!!

RENDEZVOUS

(Our Culminating Activity)

 

OBJECTIVES:

Students will demonstrate the knowledge they have learned throughout the unit in this culminating activity, by trading for necessary supplies they will need for the upcoming year.

 

MATERIALS:

  • Supplies for purchase: -traps -bullets -tea -flour -sugar -gun powder -trinkets
  • Beaver pelts (this is a token that you have created, it could be some sort of reward system throughout your unit)
  • The students own possible bag (from previous art lesson)
  • Necessary supplies list (from previous math lesson)

 

INTRODUCTION:

Explain rules for Rendezvous and distribute beaver pelts to all the trappers (students).

 

PROCEDURES:

  • Students will visit the fur companies and trade their beaver pelts for the supplies they need.
  • Students can visit the storytelling corner in which they will share their stories from their trapping experiences (previous journal assignment).
  • Students will participate in dance/song previously learned.
  • Enjoy and have fun.

 

CONCLUSION:

Students will gather together and we will finish the KWL as a class, filling in the L part, what they learned.

 

POSSIBLE EXTENSIONS:

  • Invite in a guest storyteller/trapper to speak to the students.
  • Bring in parent volunteers to help with bartering and trading.
  • Students can make and dress up in mountain men cloths.

 

 

A great website to help students realize the reality of trappers is by looking at the gravesites of trappers. Look here to find out more

http://www.dimensional.com/~sgrimm/furtrapper.htm

If you want more information about our unit on trappers feel free to email either one of us

 

Jillynne slry7@cc.usu.edu

Melanie slpvh@cc.usu.edu

 

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