This is a Gold Rush unit designed for fourth grade using the new Common Core standards as a guideline.       In this adventurous Gold Rush Unit, students will experience the California Gold Rush through a variety of interesting activities.  They will have the opportunity to form Mining Teams with the Interact Unit and compete to earn the most golden nuggets.  A rip-roaring adventure of a book will introduce students to a 12-year-old boy and his butler who stowaway to seek their fortune in California.  Additional activities will orient your students to many different aspects of the Gold Rush and allow them to come to understand how it changed California’s history forever.  If you’re feeling very ambitious, a musical that involves all your class can be a marvelous experience to bring all their knowledge together and perform for others.  The catchy songs will be engrained in their memories forever.  We’ve even included activities so your 4th graders can participate in a Gold Rush Day at your school site, with five different station descriptions.  So, saddle up your horse, get your gear, and be ready for an amazing time as your travel through the Gold Rush!

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This explains what documents and activities the Gold Rush unit is composed of and the common core standards being used.
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All of the sources used to create this unit plus additional sources are listed on this document.
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This is a list of vocabulary words and key phrases that students will need to learn in order to be successful in this unit.
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This is a breakdown of the weekly lessons in the Gold Rush.  This document includes information needed to teach the lessons
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Getting To The Gold is a worksheet that explains and shows the route that people took to California during the Gold Rush.
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Students will write a newspaper article on the events of the Gold Rush and learn and review text features.
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Gold Rush Articles

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This is an activity where students work in groups and discuss and summarize after reading different articles about the Gold Rush.
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This document is composed of worksheets that will be helpful to use while teaching the Gold Rush unit.  The worksheets include: staking a claim, matching, tools of trade, scavenger hunt, black bart, cause and effect, prices then and now, sleepy village, and similes and metaphors.
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By The Great Horn Spoon literature unit including vocabulary, comprehension questions, and activities.
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This document is has all the information needed to create and plan a successful and fun Gold Rush Day for students.  Look under Gold Rush sources file for the original source of the worksheets added.
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