The Learning Session

Every page presents a topic and then stops until the teacher tells it to move forward. This allows a teacher to guide the pace of the presentation as well as to engage students about what they’ve seen or are about to see.

There are many interactive links throughout this program that lead to more in-depth information. For instance, all the place names appear in a highlighted text and link to the Geography lesson. The maps in the Geography lesson allow you to see where the towns and sites mentioned appear on the maps, and to get details about that area. The "detail" screens then have many other links highlighted. Most take you online to more information at credible websites such as museums, PBS, State Parks, etc.

Break Up the Learning Session

There are seven lessons, or modules. They are broken into small sessions. You can complete one lesson and then go to the flash cards for that lesson, or proceed to the next lesson. It’s suggested that you present the lessons in the order provided for a logical progression of information.
 

Many teachers like to present the information to the classroom allowing students to explore further at individual workstations during study periods.


 

The Gold Rush Program has 7 lessons. They are:

1. Introduction - overview of sources and methods of the program's development.
Run time: 3 minutes
Run time with class interaction: 10-20 minutes
Flash cards: 6 (6-12 minutes)

2. Before the Gold Rush -- 19th century northern California explorers: Sutter, Bidwell, Fremont, the Donner Party and others provide a look at the difficulties these adventurers faced. It also examines the science behind the travel, navigation and instruments used on their trek.
Run time: 10 minutes
Run time with class interaction: 30-60 minutes
Flash cards: 33 (30-60 minutes)

3. The Gold Rush -- includes travel routes, science of the era and facts and figures on California's early growth.
Run time: 12 minutes
Run time with class interaction: 30-60 minutes
Flash cards: 13 (13-60 minutes)

4. Placer and Hydraulic Mining -- examines the earliest mining methods used during the Gold Rush. It defines terms, examines mining tools, locations and perils. It also includes many first-person stories from actual miners who were in California during the Gold Rush..
Run time: 10 minutes
Run time with class interaction: 30-60 minutes
Flash cards: 11 (11-60 minutes)
 

5. Hard Rock Mining -- discusses the methods needed to extract gold from quartz rock. It includes photos and details of stamp mills, hoisting systems and rock moving equipment.
Run time: 8 minutes
Run time with class interaction: 20-60 minutes
Flash cards: 6 (6-30 minutes)

6. Occupations and Industries -- helps students understand the huge need for support services to feed, house, and clothe the thousands of new arrivals. It addresses the building of an infrastructure, and the types of industries that sprang up to serve the miners and settlers of early California.
Run time: 8 minutes
Run time with class interaction: 20-60 minutes
Flash cards: 10 (10-45 minutes)

7. Geography -- maps and details about the towns and areas mentioned throughout the first six segments. Links through the first six segments enable you to jump directly into the Geography section to get more details or examine maps of the area. Or, the Geography segment can be used as a stand-alone educational segment. There are lots of links to get more details on the people and events that were unique to a particular location.
Run time: 0 minutes
Run time with class interaction: 45-90 minutes
Flash cards: 44 (44-90 minutes)

Flash Cards -- There are Flash Cards for each segment to promote retention of the material.

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