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The Quest for Gold
Students learn the value of gold and the ways it affects many facets of life.
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Getting There- Do You Want To Go To California?
Students examine the impact of the California Gold Rush. In this U.S. history instructional activity, students use several included documents to examine the causes and effects of the Gold Rush. Students are broken up into groups and...
5th - 6th Social Studies & History
Wagons Ho! Hard Times! Hard Choices!
You have just hit the lesson plan jackpot! This isn't just a lesson, it's a ten-day unit covering westward expansion, pioneer life, and the Oregon Trail. Activities include baking, model building, role-play, newspaper writing, science...
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
Days of '49: "I've Been Toiling Hard for the Last Two And a Half Years"
Students trace the stages of gold mining in California. They discuss the life of a gold miner and how the discovery of gold influenced towns and cities in California during the 1949 Gold Rush.
6th - 11th Social Studies & History
The Road to California - A Journey to Freedom
Students complete a Web quest about Biddy Mason's journey Westward to California as a slave and her ultimate rise to one of the wealthiest and generous woman of the Westward Movement. They present an exhibit of their research.
K - 5th Social Studies & History
Where Do Your Possessions Come From?
Students identify the natural resources throughout the world and how people use them. Using the natural resources, they research the environmental and human impacts related to the extraction process. They choose one of their most...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History