The lessons below were developed to help students gain an understanding of the people, time and place of Bent’s Old Fort. The lessons can be used for stand alone, in class or pre and post visit of the Fort. History, math, science, geography, reading and writing have been included in the lessons. The activities were developed to meet curriculum standards of grades 4-6. Downloads are available for individual lessons and require Adobe Reader. We would like to hear your comments about the lessons.
Lesson 1 - What I Think I Know [61K PDF]
Lesson 2 - The National Parks and You [47K PDF]
Lesson 3 - Past Information: How Do We Know? [39K PDF]
Lesson 4 - Time Travel [166K PDF]
Lesson 5 - Map It Up [39K PDF]
Lesson 6 - Why Do People Move? [37K PDF]
Lesson 7 - Compare and Contrast [37K PDF] Goal: The students discover what diversity is, who the people were and how technology, economics, and science changed over time.
Lesson 8 - Bent’s Fort Mini Book [66K PDF] Goal: The students will learn the history of Bent’s Fort, how it opened up the West to the United States and brought many cultures together.
Lesson 9 - Bent’s Fort: Historical Inquiry [40K PDF]
Did You Know?
The first white woman didn’t arrive at Bent’s Fort until 1846, 13 years after its establishment. Unlike the Oregon Trail, the Santa Fe Trail was basically a freight road, men driving freight wagons. That started to change after the Mexican War when New Mexico became U.S. territory.