Wild West Careers: Gold Miners
This product contains 8 one-page reading passages covering the California Gold Rush Miners, the Camps and Claims, Life of a Miner, Methods of Mining, Merchants, Lasting Impact and more. This product is also perfect for SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS, enrichment learning, homeschool or co-ops! The reading passages are great for CLOSE READING with any non-fiction graphic organizer (not included). THIS LESSON INCLUDES READING PASSAGES, ACTIVITIES, REVIEW GAME, WORKSHEET AND TEACHER’S KEY.

When gold was discovered in California in 1848, it didn’t take long for hopeful men (and some women) to begin heading west, expecting to strike it rich. “Wild, Wild West Careers: Gold Miners” covers the life of a gold miner and how the Gold Rush changed California and contributed to westward expansion.

Reading Passages*
8 one-page reading passages covering the following topics:

• Discovery of Gold at Sutter’s Mill
• The California Gold Rush
• Camps and Claims
• Staking a Claim - Jumping a Claim
• The Daily Life of a Miner
• Methods of Mining Gold
• Merchants During the Gold Rush
• Lasting Impact of the Gold Rush

This product includes the following classroom activities:

 Job Application: Gold Miner
 Create Newspaper
 Panning for Gold
 Review Worksheet
 Creative Writing Activities: Sutter and Marshall – How Did Their Stories End?
 California Mining Town Writing Activity
 Coloring Pages
 Play Review Game – True/False
 Analyze Words to “Clementine”
 Examine Other Gold Rush Songs

This is one lesson in a series of “Wild, Wild West Careers Lesson Plans.” Each of the Wild, Wild West Careers lesson plans covers the career and information about the time period as it relates to the career. The series covers the United States during the 1800s, including events that contributed to Western Expansion. Each lesson can also be used individually.

*These Reading Passages also appear in my other Wild West History Products
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Created: Jul 22, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

Lesson Plan

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