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Showing Grade 4, Unit 3b, Gold Rush, Statehood, and the Westward Movement
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Gold Mountain: Real Gold or Fool's Gold

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Description: Travel back in time to San Francisco in the 1840's. You will take part in a meeting of one of the Six Companies that serves the needs of Chinese immigrants to California. In China, California was known as Gold Mountain. Each of you will be given a worker "residence certificate" required by the U S government which you must keep with you at all times. Your current job will be listed on the certificate. You will need to research the nature of your job, and report to the company. New Chinese workers are arriving in San Francisco, and you have some American job experience to share with them. You may also want to explore better job opportunities and make decisions about your future. Other immigrants will listen to your report and make career and living choices based on what you say. Standard 4.3.3 and 8.8.2

Author: Kathleen Danzey Cohen, Joaquin Miller Junior High

Lesson ID: 460

Gold Rush, Part 2

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Description: The year is 1875. A man fishing in the isolated Trout River of California has just discovered several large gold nuggets. He has reported his findings to the United States government officials. The officials are worried about another Gold Rush like the one in 1849, which was uncontrolled and led to many problems. How would you suggest that people do things differently? Standard 4.4.2

Author: Karen Krupnick

Lesson ID: 464

How Big Were Their Footprints? A Study of Loma Linda History

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Description: This virtual museum will take you on a tour of Southern California history from Native Peoples through the late nineteenth century. You will explore the "footprints" left by people who inhabited the area near the modern city of Loma Linda. Each "room" of the museum has activities for you to do. Standards 3.2.1, 3.2.4, 3.3 all, 4.4.3, and 4.4.4

Author: Jim Shipp, Bryn Mawr Elementary School

Lesson ID: 515

Sutter's Fort - Virtual Museum

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Description: See inside the rooms of Sutter's Fort as you study about the Gold Rush and other important topics of California's history. Standards 3.3.1, and 4.3.3

Author: Larry Fox, Lodi High School

Lesson ID: 996

Trailblazers - Now and Then

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Description: Present day roads were once the paths followed by the early trailblazers. But why did they take the routes they did? Today it's your turn to follow these roads and learn about the lives of the early explorers like Jedediah Smith. Standards 4.3.2, 5.8.2, 5.8.3, and 5.8.4

Author: Ralph Kline, St. Joseph School

Lesson ID: 1115

Traveling to California with the Donner Party

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Description: With the publication of books, letters and guidebooks proclaiming California to be a paradise, emigrants began to head west. Lansford W. Hastings' The Emigrant's Guide to Oregon and California made the trip sound easy. His suggested cutoff to save time and distance led to one of the most horrific episodes in California's history. The Donner Party's disastrous winter in the Sierra Nevadas in 1846 still holds people's attention. After all these years, people are still trying to discover more about these unfortunate pioneers. In order to fully cover the story of the ill-fated Donner Party accurately, students will compare and contrast Patty Reed's Doll with Across the Plains With the Donner Party. The first book is a work of fiction, while the second is a reminiscence Virginia Reed Murphy (Patty Reed's sister) wrote in her adulthood about the ordeal combined with letters and journal entries her father wrote to relatives back home during the historic journey. Standards 4.3.2, 5.8.4, and 8.8.2

Author: Karen Wiegman, Dolahan School

Lesson ID: 1124

Westward Ho!

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Description: You have just signed on with a wagon train, for the arduous trip to California to start a new life in what you have heard is a wonderful land. You are gathering provisions for the long journey that lies ahead, and essentials you will need in California. You will need to be prepared for everything that could happen along the way, as the wilderness along the trail is dangerous. You will need many supplies, but they are expensive, and must fit into your wagon. You will also need to pick the best route by which to travel, and a date for departure that ensures you will arrive at your final destination before the winter arrives. You will need to choose wisely, to ensure your survival. Good luck! Standards 4.4.3, 5.8.1 and 5.8.2

Author: Amy Wahe and Peg Hill, San Bernardino County Supt. of Schools

Lesson ID: 1214

California's First Constitution

Description: How did California's constitution reflect the values of the political majority in the mid 19th century? Read excerpts from speeches made at the California Constitutional Convention, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, newspaper editorials and articles, private journals, etc. From this range of opinions regarding the rights and responsibilities of California's multicultural population, predict what the state constitution will say about slavery and other issues concerning race. Standard 4.3.5, 5.8.6, and 8.9.4

Author: Jean Mundell, Oakland Museum of California

Lesson ID: 181

Census/Gold Rush Town: An Online Lesson Describing the Occupants of a Gold Rush Town

Description: The census of 1852 provides a picture in time of the people populating an El Dorado County, California mining town. Students form a mental picture of a gold rush town and write their description. Then they compare these conjectures with census data and use online sources to see paintings of camp life and read accounts of miners lives. Standards 4.4.2 and 4.4.3

Author: Learn, California State Library

Lesson ID: 196

Crossing Death Valley

Description: In 1849, gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill in California and people from all over the United States packed their belongings and began to travel by wagon to what they hoped would be a new and better life. One of these groups arrived in Salt Lake City too late in the year to cross the mountains safely. Rather than wait out the winter in Salt Lake City, they decided to take the Old Spanish Trail around the south end of the Sierras and was safe to travel in the winter. The only problem was no pioneer wagon trains had ever tried to follow it and they could only find one person in town, Jefferson Hunt, who knew the route and would agree to lead them. These unfortunate people would become part of a story of human suffering in a place they named Death Valley. The Chief Curator of The Death Valley Days Historical Society has chosen your team to create an interactive exhibit entitled Death Valley: Then and Now for their upcoming Pioneer Days celebration. Standards 4.3.2., 4.3.3 and 5.8.4

Author: Janice L. Rozich, San Diego State University

Lesson ID: 275

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