To re-create one of the most exciting events in American history.
The activity begins by giving each student a copy of pages 48A - 48C only. These include background information pertaining to the gold rush, directions for the GOLD RUSH GAME, and the Incidents and Events list used to play the game.
Next, you can start reading with the class the background information, which describes how news of an accidental discovery of gold in California led to thousands of people in the eastern U.S. racing to the west coast.
The class is then divided into groups of three or preferably four students. Each group is given a die, markers, and gameboard (the map). Markers can be made by cutting small squares from a sheet of construction paper. The markers should be small enough to fit inside of the spaces along the map routes. Each group member will need one marker. Prepare the gameboards ahead of time by removing the right-hand margin from page 48D, and fastening it to page 48E with a piece of tape. Print and make enough gameboards so that each group has one.
In my experience, kids find this game so exciting they always ask to play it again before class ends!
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions included.