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California Gold Rush Mining Journal

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
Formats Included
  • Zip
13 pages
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I have my students create a mining journal as a culminating project after we finish learning about the California 49ers coming with the dream to find gold. I have them become a 49er and pretend to travel across the country, imagining the life the miners led. This journal is a narrative that shows their understanding of the time period, the difficulties that miners faced, and also practices their descriptive writing skills.

I recommend the picture book Gold Fever to show how hard life was for the miners.

Updated 3/1/2014 - This product is now a bundle of both my older version and newer version. You can pick what one you want to use for your class. It's the same idea though with both products.

Old Version:
Included in this product:
Slide 2: Description and Ideas for Writing unit
Slide 3 and 4: Table of Contents - Journal prompts for each writing page
Slide 5: Brainstorm Character Page
Slide 6 to 12: Mining Journal, complete with clip art

Updated Product:
Slides 2 - 4 Description and Prompts
Slide 5 - Student Cover
Slides 6 - 7 Research Questions (3 questions per page) about Gold Rush
Slide 8 - Blank Research Page
Slides 9 - 16 Brainstorm Sheets with Specific Prompts (What does the character think, feel, and do)
Slides 17 - 24 Lined Writing Paper with Gold Rush Clip Art (Writing paper does have a title spot, but the pages are now not specific to a certain part of the story.)
Slide 25 - Blank Lined Writing Paper
Slide 26 - Credits page

I hope you find this useful. Please visit my blog to see how I use this in my own classroom. www.ilovemyclassroom.blogspot.com

This product is also included in my CA History Bundle {8 Products}:
*State Symbol Fact Fans
*California ABC Book
*Early Explorer Fun Facts and Writing Pack
*California Gold Rush Mining Journal
*Mission Research Book
*Mission Research Project and Rubric
*California Native American Research and Writing Pack
*California Regions Research, Writing, and Activity Pack
Total Pages
13 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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