California Gold Rush - Fourth Grade

By Christy and Kallie
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Table of Contents
Rationale………………………………………………………………………………....……1
Goal………………………………………………………………………….……………..…2
Standards………………………………………………………………………………..….…3
Objectives………………………………………………………………………………..…...4
Planning Web……………………………………………….………………………………..5
Daily Schedule…………………………………………………….……………………...….6
Accommodations……………………………………………….……………………..……..7
Day 1: Initiating Activity……………………………………………….…………………...8-12
Day 2: Writing-Traveling to the Gold………………………………………………………13
Wagon Travels………………………………………………………………………………14
Around Cape Horn………………………………………………………………………..…15
Day 3: Reading-Gold Rush Story……………………………………………………...…...16
Day 4: Music-Song of the Gold Rush…………………………………………………........17
Day 5: Math-Adding Decimals……………………………………………………….....…..18
Gold Rush Prices……………………………………………………..……………….....…..19
Day 6: Routes of the Forty-Niners………………………………….……….……………...20-21
Worksheet: Routes of the Forty-Niners………………………………………………...…...22
Day 7: Science-Gold Rush Mining Techniques………………………………………….…23-24
Worksheet: Mining Techniques Wheel………………………………………………....…..25-27
Day 8: Art-Masterpiece Lesson: Life During the Gold Rush……………………………....28-29
Masterpiece Painting: Market Scene, Sansome Street………………………………...…....30
Homework: Doing Without…………………………………………………………….....…31
Day 9: Language Arts-Gold Rush-Diversity and Discrimination……………………….....32-33
Map of the World and Political Cartoon……………………………………….………..….34
Worksheet: The Four Icons…………………………………………………..………...……35
Day 10: Culminating Activity: School Play Performance…………………………..……...36-37
Pictures of School Play Props………………………………………………….………...….38
Song List for Play/ Example Pages from play…………………………………….…....…..39-41
Assessment Plan……………………………………..………………………………....……42
Bibliography………………………………………………………………………....………43
Technology Resources……………………………………………………………...…..…..44
Resource Box………………………………………………………………………...….…..45
Sources………………………………………………………………………………....…….46

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Rationale

Goal

Standards

Objectives


Planning Web

Daily Schedule

Student Learning Styles, Special Needs, ELL and GATE


Day 1 - Initiating Activity


Day 2 - Sustaining Activities



Day 3 - Sustaining Activities

Day 4 - Sustaining Activities

Day 5 - Sustaining Activities


Day 6 - Sustaining Activities
Math/Social Studies: Routes of the 49's

Day 7 - Sustaining Activities
Science/Social Studies: Mining Techniques

Day 8 - Sustaining Activities
Art/Social Studies Masterpiece Lesson

Day 9 - Sustaining Activities
Lang. Arts/Social Studies:
DIversity and Discrimination

Day 10 - Culminating Activity
Performing Arts/Social Studies:
School Play Final Performance

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Assessment Plan

Appendices

Technology Resources

Resource Box

Sources:
http://pbskids.org/wayback/goldrush/journey.html
http://crockerartmuseum.org/educators-schools/more-in-education/striking-gold/1-by_subject/24-market-scene-ansome-street-san-francisco
Googleimages.com
http://www.archives.gov/historical-docs/todays-doc/index.html?dod-date=506
http://www.gilderlehrman.org/historynow/03_2005/lp4.php
: http://www.archives.gov/pacific/education/curriculum/4th-grade/chinese-exclusion-shlk.html
Heath, John. Gold Dust or Bust. Musical Plays for Musically Timid Teachers. Bad Wolf Press.