Problem: We love the California Gold Rush. That shouldn't be a problem except we have way too much information! Sometimes too much of a good thing leaves us feeling a little overwhelmed. Usually the Gold Rush unit occurs near the end of the school year which sometimes means scheduling conflicts and a tight squeeze! We wanted to create our own curriculum that covered everything important but was flexible enough to use in a variety of ways. We also wanted each section to be able to stand alone, so we decided related activities should be included.
Solution: We decided to create a comprehensive Gold Rush Series of informational and engaging texts each focusing on a specific aspect of the California Gold Rush. The third in the series is called Overland to California. It includes:
Overland Trails Preparation/Timing
What to Pack
Vocabulary and Activity
Writing Prompt/Critical Thinking Activity
Ink Friendly version included!
The rest of the series will cover the following: The Early Days -1, Gold Fever-2, Overland-3, Sea Routes-4, Mining Techniques -5, and Daily Life as a Miner-6, Minorities in the Gold Rush -7.
Results: Because the text is so visually enticing, I used my Promethean Board to project the PowerPoint slides. We read the text in chunks, as a whole group, then break up into groups to complete the discussion questions. I also use student copies to pre-teach some of the historical vocabulary and text features in my guided reading groups. When students beg to do social studies, that’s making history come alive!
See the first in the series at :
Be the first to know about our new products, discounts, freebies and sales:
• Look for the green star next to my store logo and click it to become a follower. My store will be added to your email updates.
Save Money on Future Purchases by earning TPT credit:
1. Go to your My Purchases page. Each purchase has a Provide Feedback button. Click it and give a quick rating and leave feedback. You earn credits to lower your costs and we really value your feedback!