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Building Colorado for Third- and Fourth-grade Classrooms
The Building Colorado classroom activity won the Josephine H. Miles History Award from History Colorado in 2016.
- Fast-paced trading game
- Led by museum staff
- 90 minutes long
- Fulfills history and economics standards
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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?
90 minutes in classroom. Plus, additional pre- and post-visit lessons are included.
How does this relate to what I’m teaching?
Building Colorado is an immersive game that re-imagines historic events. Topics include exploration, the 1859 Gold Rush, the fight for the railroad, statehood, the boom and bust of silver, and more. Students make economic decisions, take risks, and weigh incentives to advance their teams.
What do you need from the teacher?
Building Colorado is fully facilitated by a Golden History Museum staff member, however teachers are encouraged to enjoy the game along with their students and assist in facilitation by acting as the “banker.” If available, the program will use the classroom projector and computer. Also, before the program begins, teachers should divide students into 10 equal groups of two to three students each.
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 learned that if you want to, you can change history.
The in-class program offered by GHM has been a huge asset in meeting the common core standards of my Colorado history and economic curriculum. The students were engaged in the game immediately and didn’t even realize they were applying concepts they had learned during the instruction of the units! I especially appreciated the packet of information I received before the program that helped me prep the kids for vocabulary and more effective implementation of the program!
I liked how it was our choice whether to risk the opportunity or not.
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!
We LOVED the program! Our kids were thoroughly engaged and learning while having fun. Some of my boys even said, “It was worth it” when they realized they missed recess to complete the game. (That’s huge!) We will definitely book again next year.