America has a long history of exploring territory and and expanding westward. The period of westward expansion in the 1800s in the United States was an exciting, adventurous time including danger, intrigue, and for some, the lure of mining for a fortune.
This SmartBoard presentation and student reading comprehension sheet walk fourth through sixth graders through some of the highlights of the California Gold Rush, how it began, how people got there and mined for gold, and how it changed the face of America forever. As the largest mass migration in American history, it is an important topic that shouldn't be overlooked in a study of Westward Expansion.
This engaging activity pack includes:
* 27 page SmartBoard presentation focusing on the California Gold Rush, including two fun quiz type games at the end of the presentation
* Several Maps showcasing the journey and how miners got to California
* 2 page student recording sheet for students to fill out during the SmartBoard presentation
* 2 page teacher key for the student recording sheet
This activity pack will enrich any classroom study of Westward Expansion!