Unit Culmination Activities
Mountain Man Visit
- The students will see how a mountain man dresses
- The students will learn what is put in a possibles bag.
- The students will learn how a beaver is trapped.
- The students will learn how a flintlock rifle is shot.
In my opinion, there is no better way to learn than to have a reenactment of the real thing. Inviting a person who has researched about mountain men to come and share his knowledge with the children is one of the most exciting ways I know of to share the knowledge.
- Tell the students that we will be having a visitor come to our class. Remind them that we need to show him and his property respect.
- Introduce the "mountain man."
Lesson Development:Allow the mountain man to speak to the class for a thirty minutes. Allow students to ask questions when he is finished speaking.
Closure:After the "mountain man" leaves, assign the students to write thank-you notes to him. In their thank you notes they must include two things that they learned during his presentation.
The thank-you notes will be read to see what the students said they learned.
A "mountain man" who has researched and knows his stuff. (I invited Steve Murdock, a member of the board of trustees of the American West Heritage Center.)
Other Culmination Activities
- Mountain Men Poetry
The teacher will read the poem, The Trappers Life, by Gregory Walker. The children need to demonstrate their understanding on mountain men by writing a poem about what they have learned. The structure of the poem is very loose. They may write a poem about any part of the unit they want. Materials: A copy of The Trappers Life poem. Time needed: approx. 45 minutes
- Rendezvous Field Trip
As a culminating activity, the children can attend a rendezvous held in Blacksmith Fork Canyon and can stay overnight with a guardian. Materials: permission slips. Time: Two days.
- Hike Time
The students will be able to identify some of the plants used by mountain men for various purposes. After getting permission, take the students on a hike up Green Canyon and look closely at the plants in the canyon. Talk about the different ways mountain men used plants to survive. Materials: Permission slips. Time: 2 hours
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