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Sutters Mill - Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park - James W. Marshall discovered gold in 1848 on the South Fork of the American River in the valley the Nisenan Indians knew as Cullumah. This event led to the greatest mass movement of people in the Western Hemisphere and was the spark that ignited the spectacular growth of the West during the ensuing decades.

Barkerville, Cariboo Gold Rush in British Columbia, Canada

For the Love of Fourth Grade: Gold Rush Art

This is one of my culminating activities for our gold rush unit. After we learned about the three routes to California, the tools miners us.

Are you looking for a meaningful way to integrate writing in your social studies classroom?  Try historical journals!  A great way to integrate narrative writing and history!

Classroom DIY: Pioneer Journals

Are you looking for a meaningful way to integrate writing in your social studies classroom? Try historical journals! A great way to integrate narrative writing and history! Instead of pioneer journals maybe American Revolution journals or titanic journals

Diverse Peoples of the West, Manifest Destiny, Westward Expansion, anchor chart, 5th grade

Diverse Peoples of the West, Manifest Destiny, Westward Expansion, anchor chart, grade***remember to tweak language and include slaves

Panning for GOLD! spray paint rocks gold poke holes in a pie plate fill a kiddie pool with dirty water and "gold" and let kids pan for gold.

panning for "gold" -- spray paint rocks gold poke holes in a pie plate, fill a kiddie pool with dirty water and "gold" & let kids pan for gold.

Let's Head West for the Gold Rush!!!A nine section extension menu for students to use when studying the Californi Gold Rush!  A great way to ge...

California Gold Rush Extension Menu with Research-Based Activities

1856 Poster. Gold Rush. I want to go to California---maybe a I am a bit late for the jobs mentioned though..

Comw to California poster. Have kids create a poster telling people why they should come west.

great kids books about the gold rush

RESOURCE THE GOLD RUSH BOOKS - some books that can be used as part of class lesson plans on the gold rush to explain to the children what happened during the gold rush years.

Gold Rush Activities and Projects are fun and engaging with this California Gold Rush Interactive Notebook Unit! 4th grade students through middle school students love learning about this part of the Westward Expansion! Gold Rush bulletin board, timeline lesson, and writing activities help make this unit complete!

Gold Rush Interactive Notebook and Mini Unit - California Gold Rush

Gold Rush Activities and Projects are fun and engaging with this California Gold Rush Interactive Notebook Unit! grade students through middle school students love learning about this part of the Westward Expansion!

California Gold Mine Maps | ca-historic-gold-rush-map

California Resources, Hazards and Water

This is a California Gold Rush History Timeline. This could be used as a handout to give the students for them to study at home.

This is part 3 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on Westward Expansion and Pioneers. Pan for "gold," bake Gold Rush Sourdough Biscuits, race to deliver mail on the Pony Express, build the Transcontinental Railroad out of craft sticks, and more! My lessons are geared toward 3rd-4th grade level children and their siblings. These are lessons I created to do with a weekly homeschool co-op. We meet each week for 2 1/2 hours and have 27 children between the ages of 1-13. Use these fun lessons with…

California Gold Rush, Pony Express, & Transcontinental Railroad Lesson

Activity: Make gold rush biscuits (part that's applicable to this time frame), build the Transcontinental Railroad out of craft sticks (covered in a later unit on cowboys), and more! My lessons are geared toward grade level children.

Retells, in tall-tale fashion, how Levi Strauss went to California during the Gold Rush, saw the need for a sturdier kind of trouser, and invented jeans.

Levis Strauss Gets a Bright Idea: A Fairly Fabricated Story of a Pair of Pants - Tony Johnston (children's nonfiction)