Wells Fargo History Museum: Curriculum Guide

Learn about the California Gold Rush from an institution that has been in place since the early days of the American West: Wells Fargo History Museum. From domain-specific vocabulary review to group research projects, an expansive packet of social studies material is sure to strengthen any unit on the California Gold Rush.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Project the maps and other documents onto the board to study as a class
  • Incorporate the vocabulary list on page 20 into a weekly vocabulary review
  • Use the gold rush questions as a lesson assessment or homework assignment
  • Assign one of the books on page 29 as part of a gold rush unit
Classroom Considerations

  • Designed for fourth graders, but useful for older elementary and middle school class members as well
  • Learners should have some experience reading a map
  • Resource was published by Wells Fargo Bank, and reflects that particular perspective
Pros

  • Differentiates between primary and secondary sources
  • Connects to math, science, narrative writing, speaking and listening, and informational reading standards
  • Addresses diversity in the American West
  • Final page of the packet includes an opportunity to submit a review of the curriculum to the Wells Fargo History Museum
Cons

  • None