Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The California Gold Rush

Last week, we finished reading By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman, a comical novel about a boy and his butler who run away to the gold fields of California in 1849.

Activities to go along with the reading of By the Great Horn Spoon!


The California gold rush is an event that we had never covered before, so we have taken some time to discuss both overland and ocean routes that people from the East took to get to California.

We read this magazine:


We have also talked about how people who made a fortune in California, often did so without doing any prospecting.

Gold Rush Prices Worksheet:

The project that Blaze enjoyed the most, though, was learning to pan for gold using this kit:


Inside the kit:


Practicing with a dishpan full of water:



How to pan for gold:

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