Do You Wanna Build a...Trading Fort?
Social Studies 7 students in Mrs. Berg's class have been busy creating early Western Canadian trading fort dioramas. Students worked with a partner, or individually, to research one Western Canadian trading fort and then built their forts, based on the information they accessed. This project allowed students to better understand the importance of fur trade forts in the early development of Western Canada, uncover what characteristics early trade forts had in common, and why those elements were important to the economics of trade. Students were expected to determine in what time period their fort was most active, what geographic features influenced the location of the fort, and what groups of people interacted at them and how. The whole class took their challenge and ran with it! We have some truly excellent trading fort examples to share.