This is a description of the various curriculum units offered as part of the Gold Rush Curriculum program.
There are two separate volumes which together explore four topics for the fourth-grade curriculum. The volumes may be used either together or independently. Spanish translations of student worksheets, songs, charts, and maps in the fourth-grade curriculum are now available by request. To order your translation packet, please check the box on the order form. Download sample pages with activities to use with your students from our web site: www.museumca.org/goldrush/getin-curr.html
4th Grade, VOLUME ONE
"A Ripping Trip"(Grade 4)
The California Gold Rush, an international event, brought thousands of people virtually overnight to California. Many came by sea as well as overland. These materials focus on the maritime story. They introduce students to the diversity of the people who came, the places they came from and the sea routes they used.
City Life During the Gold Rush(Grade 4)
The Gold Rush contributed to the growth and establishment of Sacramento, Stockton, Los Angeles, San Diego and a myriad of small mining towns. California's rapid, dramatic change during the Gold Rush was especially evident in San Francisco. Throughout these lessons, students will compare the development of San Francisco to the development of the city in which they live.
Fourth Grade Volume One contains:
VOLUME ONE FEE: $120
4th Grade, VOLUME TWO
"The Diggin's"-Daily Life in the Mines(Grade 4)
What are the characteristics of a mining town? What were the myths and realities of life in the mines? What was the lifestyle of a miner? These are some of the questions students will explore in this exciting unit on the lives of the diverse people who came to mine for gold in California. Within the lessons, diversity is evident in the individual lives that the students encounter in the art prints, the daguerreotypes and the written entries.
Mining the Environment(Grade 4)
This unit explores the impact of the Gold Rush on the natural environment. Technology in the mines began with the pocket knife and the California Indian woven basket. These quickly gave way to the gold pan, the pan to the rocker, and the rocker to the long tom and the sluice box. By the end of the 1850s, gold production now came from hard rock mining that involved miles of tunnels under the earth or from hydraulic mining that washed away mountain sides. What were the benefits, and at what cost? Was it worth it? This unit looks at how humans deal with the environment from an historical perspective, as well as what we are doing to our own environment today.
Fourth Grade Volumme Two contains:
VOLUME TWO FEE: $120
Gold Rush Tools, Treasures and Thingamajigs(Grade 4)
Bring the excitement of the California Gold Rush to your classroom with this exciting outreach kit. The kit is packed full of replica artifacts, music, a video, prints of artworks, an anthology of literature from the Gold Rush and more. Artifacts reflect the daily life of Gold Rush participants and invite students to make comparisons between then and now. Sample objects include eating and cooking utensils, toys, abacus, placer mining pan and vials of fool's gold and real gold. Accompanying curriculum explains how to set up an artifact laboratory in your classroom enabling students to explore artifacts and artworks to learn more about the past. Available for three-week loan periods. To reserve a suitcase, complete the order form.
FEE:$ 90/Oakland class $105/non-Oakland class
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The Big Rock Candy Mountain(Grade 5)
The discovery of gold in California inspired thousands to cross the continent. What were the aspirations and experiences of the overland travelers? How do these contrast with the perspectives of the Native Americans in the West? Following overland trails, people encountered others different from themselves and confronted decisions unique to the time and place. This unit presents the West as a region defined geographically by its arid, rugged land and historically by its role as a meeting ground for diverse groups of people.
Fifth Grade Unit contains:
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