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Gold Rush California and its Diverse Population
Students compare contemporary cultural differences with historical differences based on population percentage. In this cross-curriculum Gold Rush/math lesson, students analyze aspects of California's Gold Rush population and diversity compared to today's data.
5th - 12th Math
California's Golden History: 1848-1880
Using a variety of online resources, learners study life and society in California during the gold rush. They use a map to identify area where gold was located, explore pre-selected websites, describe mining practices, and create an advertisement to the transcontinental railroad.
11th Social Studies & History
New Review Understanding California
Here is a beautiful handout through which learners can explore the history of California, from the earliest Europeans to visit the Golden State up through its experiences during the Great Depression and position in the modern world.
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Everyday Life - Exploring the California Missions
Young scholars relive history as they examine primary sources that document everyday life in the California missions. During a class viewing of the included slideshow presentation, children analyze documents, paintings, and drawings in order to learn about the Franciscans and Native Americans that lived and worked at the missions in California.
4th - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Religion & Spirituality - Exploring the California Missions
The California missions were built with the hope of converting the local Native Americans to Catholicism, but exactly how different were their beliefs to begin with? Through analysis of a series of primary source documents, young historians compare and contrast the beliefs of the Franciscans and the Native Californians.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The United States is a large country with many different climates. Graph and analyze temperature and rainfall data for Sacramento and Washington DC as you teach your class about the characteristics of Mediterranean climates. Discuss the factors contributing to California's unique weather, identifying other regions around the world with similar conditions.
3rd - 5th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Splendide Californie French Artists’ Impressionsof the Golden State, 1786-1900
There is a lot to learn from art. This teacher's guide provides you with extensive background information, activities, and a scripted commentary to accompany a slide show on French artists in California during the Gold Rush Period. The slide show is not provided but image information is, along with an activity to be completed for each image show.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Beyond the Gold Rush
Students analyze and compare the lyrics of two songs that reflect the personal experiences of miners during and after the Gold Rush. They compare the expectations of miners as they arrived in California with the realities of life in the diggings.
4th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Read All About It! California History of the 30s and 40s
Explore the Great Depression! Discover the challenges people experienced during the time period. Learners investigate photographs from the Dust Bowl and WWII era and create a story line about the photographs, writing a newspaper article based on their observations.
3rd - 8th Social Studies & History
Connecting Informational Text with Litearature: Building Background Knowledge About Mexican Immigration, California, and the Great Depression
Help your class transition as the setting in the novel Esperanza Rising, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, moves from Mexico to California. Beginning with prior knowledge, and moving into jigsaw research groups, class members add to and create posters and lists of information about California, immigration, and the Great Depression.
5th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Big Winner
Eighth graders examine the economics of the California Gold Rush Era using factual and fictional biographies. Working in groups, a biographical sketch is analyzed in order to determine if their individual became rich or not, how or what prevented them, and how scarcity impacted the choices made by their individual.
8th Social Studies & History
Google Earth Geology Field Trip
Students take a virtual field trip around California using Google Earth. In this geology field trip instructional activity, students explore landforms and a variety of rocks located in California. Students compare environments where rocks are formed.
2nd - 7th Social Studies & History
You Can Depend On me
Discover the natural beauty of California. With a conservation bent, this activity delves into some of the attributes that make this state unique. Learners discuss Yosemite and the forest habitat. They focus on the things plants and animals need to survive.
2nd - 3rd Social Studies & History
An Untold Triumph
Middle schoolers examine and analyze the history and experience of Filipinos in Hawaii and California. They identify the contributions of Filipino Americans to the US war effort in World War II, and analyze the many causes that led to Filipino migration to the United States.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History
California Gold Rush
Students discover the people who lived in California before and after the gold rush. They use primary source documents to identify how the finding of gold changed the area. They also discover the discrimation that was present during the time period.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts
Fourth graders use what they already have gathered on California missions to create a database. Using the different missions, they brainstorm, organize and categorize what they have gathered. They present their material to the class and must be ready to defend their choice.
4th Social Studies & History