Each product in this series can stand alone.
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 fifth in the series is called Mining Tools and Techniques. It includes:
Common Core Aligned to 4th Grade
Context Clue Vocab Activity
Text Structure Graphic Organizer and answer key
Text Dependent Questions and answer key
Ink friendly version included!
The rest of the series will cover the following:
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 :
Sea Route #4
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