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.
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Getting There- Do You Want To Go To California?
Students examine the impact of the California Gold Rush. For this U.S. history lesson, students use several included documents to examine the causes and effects of the Gold Rush. Students are broken up into groups and choose one topic to...
5th - 6th Social Studies & History
The Geography Toolkit
If you're preparing to teach geography to your young learners, you'll definitely want to keep this resource handy. The toolkit contains 165 pages of a wide range of handouts and informational text to support incorporate geographic...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
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
"All We Want Is an Equal Chance, an Open Field, and a Fair Fight"
Students investigate the California Gold Rush. In this California history lesson, students analyze images, letters, and documents from the era to discover information about the events and social conditions spurred by the Gold Rush....
8th - 12th Social Studies & History
Getting There: "Do You Want To Go To California?"
Students, in groups, participate in a variety of activities regarding the rise of Anglo-American immigration in the 1840s and its impact upon California. They discuss immigration from the West and the East as it influenced the culture of...
8th - 11th Social Studies & History
Westward Expansion of the United States
How did early American pioneers decide what to take with them on their journeys, and what was their traveling experience like? Here you'll find a collection of activities to help you explore Westward Expansion with your young learners.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Theme of Rebellion in the 1950s as it Occurs in the Arts
Students identify several features of the historic/social/cultural background of the 1950s. They sing and perform a percussion accompaniment to "Summertime Blues" by Eddie Cochran and create artwork in the style of Jackson Pollock.
4th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
Metaphorical Gold: Mining the Gold Rush for Stories
Students complete a history and research lesson plan about the Gold Rush using selections from Jack London. In this Gold rush research lesson plan, students research the Klondike/Alaska Gold Rush and use details from the history in their...
7th - 9th English Language Arts