UKS2 History - The California Gold Rush - Reading Comprehension Activity

A reading comprehension activity about the California Gold Rush - the text revolves around the key facts about the gold rush and the effects it had on California, and concludes with comprehension and grammar questions. It also contains an extension activity for fast-finishing students. Ideal for students learning about US History or for reading comprehension practice for students between the ages of 9-13.

Answers, for teacher use, are on the final page of the document.

Time allowance ( one hour)
5 minutes - read through the text individually.
40 minutes - answer questions using the text as guidance (including extension activity)
15 minutes - Teacher and students go through the text and answers.

If you would like an example of the type of activity this is please look at my example Macbeth Activity here:

If you liked the activity why not look at one of our Reading Comprehension Activity Books:

We have a Non-Fiction edition with 10 activities for just £4.00:

And, a World War II Collection with 10 ativities for just £4.00:

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  • UKS2-California-Gold-Rush.pdf
  • Year-6-California-Gold-Rush-Preview.pdf

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Created: Feb 7, 2019

Updated: Aug 15, 2019

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