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A Davy Crockett look-alike packed up his furs and his wide-brimmed hat and headed to Wasatch Elementary this morning. This individual, known as the “mountain man”, visited Wasatch to teach fourth graders all about the history of the fur trade and legendary mountain men.

His presentation, “Mountain Men and the History of the Fur Trade” teaches students about what life was like for legendary mountain men such as Jim Bridger, Kit Carson and Jedediah Smith. The mountain man showcased his collection of furs, talked about various animals that live in the mountains, told some tall tales and showed the students which traps are used to catch animals.

The Mountain Man, also known as Scott Grizzly Sorensen, first decided that he wanted to be a mountain man when his fourth grade teacher gave him a book about trappers and explorers. After graduating from Brigham Young University, he set off to be a mountain man and now lives in Canada during the summer months and travels to Utah during the winter months to visit fourth grade classrooms all over the west.

Through Scott’s presentation, Wasatch fourth graders were able to learn all about the history of the fur trade, past mountain men, the art of tall tales and animals that live in the mountains — all of which are valuable supplements to the fourth grade social studies core standards.

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Shauna Sprunger
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