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Early Chicago: The Fur Trade

Grades 3 to 5

Discover Chicago’s beginning as a fur-trade outpost in the early 19th century.

Treasure Chest

Students will read a historical fiction story called Trading Mystery to learn what life was like in early Chicago during the fur-trade era. Students will then analyze and share their impressions of a "treasure chest" full of early Chicago artifacts.

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Treasure Tales

Students will work in pairs to explore fur trade artifacts and make connections with early Chicago history by giving oral presentations. They will then create a Venn diagram comparing modern life to life in the fur trade era.

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