Gold Rush is meant to be completed “Escape Room” style. Students are given 5 tasks to complete during the day. All tasks meet 3rd and 4th grade math standards and are meant to be completed in teams. In my classroom, we broke the students into 5 groups. Students are told that they need to complete all 5 tasks in order to find the gold!
PLEASE NOTE: This pack will include a version for Grade 2, Grades 3/4, and a version for Grade 5. This is meant to help differentiate this activity if needed. The grades 3/4 version can be used at either grade level. The questions asked are appropriate and correlated to both 3rd and 4th grade standards. Right now, the grades 3/4 version is included.
In the grade 3/4 version, the following tasks are included:
Task #1- Measurement/STEM activity (build a bridge over the river)
Task #2- Word Problems
Task #3- Bar Graphing
Task #4- Multi-Step Word problems and adding/subtracting
Task #5- Map skills (compass practice and scales)
Also included are:
*Initial letters to students
*Background information reading passage about the California Gold Rush
*iPads or computers would be best, but you can get away with not having these.
*Crayons or colored pencils
Materials for the STEM activity:
*5 pieces of tape
*3 pieces of paper
*2 pieces of string
*2 Dixie Cups
*Breaking your kids into groups of 4-6 and keeping these groups for the entire day will work the best. I would suggest moving students into groups or working at a table for the day.
*This is meant to be an full day activity, but you could definitely break it up over a 5 day period.
*I suggest giving items to students in either manila folders or in small bins. This just helps keep everything organized. (See my pictures at the end of the packet to see the scrapbook bins I bought at my local craft store).
*Each time a team finishes a task, they receive a letter. The letters are at the end of this packet.
*I am completing this activity at the very beginning of the year to build teamwork, but it can be used at point in the school year.
*As the day progresses, I give out Gold Bucks. I start everyone off with 5 Gold bucks. I give out more Gold Bucks throughout the day as the kids answer questions correctly, do a great job problem solving, or working as a team. I can also take away gold bucks if students are off task, etc. However, I try to keep it positive. You don’t need to do this, but you can have students turn in their Gold Bucks at the end of the day for prizes (candy bars are great).
Please let me know if you have any questions!