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 sixth in the series is called Roots of Diverisity: Minorities in the California Gold Rush. It includes:
Native American Indians
African Americans and more
Common Core Aligned to 4th Grade
12 Task Cards
Text Dependent Questions and answer key
Ink friendly version included.
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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