Building Colorado: Communities
Building Colorado: Communities
Is this virtual?
We are currently hard at work moving this award-winning program to a virtual format. Do you want to be the first to know when it is ready?
An in-school program for 3rd grade
“Building Colorado: Communities” is built around Colorado State 3rd grade content standards, focusing on short and long-term financial goals that must be met through trading and hopefully surviving historic events that impacted Colorado communities. Students are divided into cultural communities and must make individual decisions to progress while also taking the rest of their group into consideration. We cover economics, geography, and history with a real emphasis on Colorado’s people to encourage empathy for historic and present-day communities.
The Building Colorado classroom activity won the Caroline Bancroft History Award from History Colorado in 2020.
Here’s why teachers and students love Building Colorado: Communities
- Fast-paced trading game
- Led by museum staff
- 90 minutes long
- Fulfills history and economics standards
|Number of classes||Price|
A 20% discount is available for Title 1 schools.
Mileage rates will be applied at the current IRS rate of $.58/mi. in 2019.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the class?
The classroom session lasts 90 minutes. Pre- and post-visit lessons are also included with the fee which require more time outside of the session.
How does this relate to what I’m teaching?
Building Colorado is an immersive game that moves students through a timeline of historic events. Topics include westward expansion, the Gold Rush, reservations and how communities interacted and traded with each other throughout Colorado’s history. Students must work individually while keeping their other community members in mind. Additionally, they make economic decisions and trade resources to meet short- and long-term goals.
What do you need from the teacher?
Building Colorado is fully facilitated by a Golden History Museum staff member. Teachers, however, are asked to enjoy the game along with their students. This program runs much better with help from the teacher who gets to act as the “banker.” The program needs the classroom projector and computer. Also, before the program begins, teachers need to divide students into six groups, preferably around table groups as they will need working surfaces.
What if the weather turns bad on the scheduled day?
For the safety of our instructors, Golden History Museum & Park reserves the right to cancel or reschedule Building Colorado programs for inclement weather including but not limited to snow, wind, rain or extreme temperatures. The Education Department actively tracks weather forecasts and will make judgements after considering road conditions, the distance our instructors must travel and ultimately, school district decisions.
The museum hopes to make an informed decision 24 hours before the program begins, however, depending on the severity of the weather, a decision may need to be made the morning of the scheduled visit. If the need arises, the Education Department will work with the booking teacher to reschedule the program as quickly as possible.
Photos: Jim Rabiolo
The students were engaged at all times. They really enjoyed the game…We felt it was a great way to sneak learning in with an engaging game.
I loved how hands on this game was. It was very interactive and engaging. My students enjoyed trading with one another, communicating with their community, and learning a time period in Colorado’s history. I can’t wait for this next year!