Thematic unit for the Gold Rush

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  1. RSMY

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    May 15, 2007

    Hi Everyone,

    I'm a student teacher who needs to teach and create a Thematic Unit. Any ideas or suggestions of how I can apporach.
     
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    Question: How long do you have until this needs to be created? You can do it really quickly and not very thoroughly or it can take a while and be amazing.
     
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    Well, I need it quickly and it needs to be a 10 day thematic lesson. Thanks for any help you can give me.
     
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    One of the things I did to start the gold rush was to hide gold-covered chocolate coins in the yard outside my room. Then I told one student at recess that there was a prize outside the door and after they discovered what was there, they could tell another student or keep all of them for themselves. It usually caused quite a "gold rush" of its own! It was a great way to show how things snowballed and how the word spread.
     
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    Break it into subjects and brainstorm how you can relate information to that subject.
    Math - distances travelled, amount of money made, price per weight/size
    Social studies - timeline, where people travelled from, what happened to the families they left
    Science - how does gold form,
    LA - make brochures to encourage people to move, write letters to family back home from the perspective of someone who followed the gold rush
    If all else fails, find a lot of good trade books and develop ideas from there.
    Children of the Gold Rush by Claire Rudolf Murphy and Jane G. Haigh
    The Bite of the Gold Bug: A Story of the Alaskan Gold Rush by Barthe DeClements and Dan Andreasen
     
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    For resources, try:
    museumca.org/goldrush/index.html
    learncalifornia.org
    cahistory.net

    I like to do a literature unit based on the ethnic groups that traveled to CA. I use books like Coolies, Hurry Freedom, etc (there are lots to choose from). I also use as a read aloud By The Great Horn Spoon. It is a great read, really funny, and the kids love it.
     

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