Prepare for the adventure of a lifetime! The year is 1849. Gold has been discovered in a faraway land called California.
Your dreams of getting rich can come true! You have gotten this Gold Fever and can not wait to go stake your claim.
How will you travel to this land of golden opportunity? Where is your home (e.g., China, Germany, Venezuela, Missouri, Virginia)? What route will you take to get to California? You must make some important decisions before you begin your trip and then, keep a journal of the hardships and adventures that you experience along the way?
*You and your family must travel using a simulation program, Oregon Trial. There are decisions to be made before the journey can begin. You may run this simulation several times until you have succeed in reaching your destination. Each of you must keep journal note on paper, then later transfer it to a blog style page using Google Sites. You are to post this blog at each rest stop along trip to document your journey and as a historical documentation of your existence. Each Blog post must include a picture.
*To further show evident of your understanding of the California Gold Rush, each of you will create a Google Slide Presentation via Google Classroom and present it in class. Follow the process below to help you answer questions for your slides.
PROCESS: (for your Google Slides)
1. Plan the best route ... Will you go by land or sea?
Where does the journey start? Why have you chosen the route you will take?
2. What are the hardships and adventures that you experience along the way?
3. What supplies should you take? Will you have milk or eggs? Luxury items?
4. Keep a journal to record your trip. Your journal should talk about what it was like getting to California. Tell about your hopes & dreams to get rich, to get your own land or for adventure.
5. What decision will you make along the way to stay alive and survive this harsh journey.
6. What life is like for the 49'er.
A really great website for full information is HERE
How Gold was Discovered
Gold Rush for Kids:
Google Sites Tutorial
SS4.3 -2. Compare how and why people traveled to California and the routes they traveled
SS4.4 -2. Explain how the Gold Rush transformed the economy of California, including the types of products produced and consumed, changes in towns
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.7 -Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.9 -Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.