To re-create one of the most exciting events in American history.
The activity begins by giving each student a copy of pages 71A - 71C 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 71D, and fastening it to page 71E 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.
See also, AMERICAN/U.S. HISTORY CURRICULUM LESSONS 61-75 of 150
LESSON 61: The Monroe Doctrine
LESSON 62: Elections of 1824 and 1828
LESSON 63: Match Game: Andrew Jackson
LESSON 64: Reform Movements
LESSON 65: Van Buren, Harrison, Tyler, and Polk
LESSON 66: President Study Guide
LESSON 67: Routes to the West
LESSON 68: The Oregon Country
LESSON 69: The Lone Star Republic
LESSON 70: The Mexican War
LESSON 71: The Gold Rush Game
LESSON 72: Reading: The Far West
LESSON 73: Jeopardy: Territorial Expansion
LESSON 74: Note Cards: The Nation Grows Stronger
LESSON 75: Independent Study Guide (USA Growth 1783-1860)