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The Yukon Gold Rush

In this unit, students journey north into the land of the (Land Of The Midnight Sun) and learn about the famous Yukon Gold Rush of 1896. The unit is divided into three parts with teachers choosing to do all three sections or simply selecting the parts that best meet the needs of each individual class. In any case, this is sure to be a nugget of a unit. Included: Part I - Yukon Gold Rush: Part I is a structured section focusing on the historical facts of the Yukon gold rush. Students write down a series of overhead notes dealing with the discovery of gold by George Carmack, Skookum Jim Mason and Tagish Charlie in 1896, and the explosion of events that followed. Each lesson is also accompanied by a meaningful activity designed to compliment the factual, knowledge-based information conveyed by the notes. The topics and activities are: 1. The Discovery / Early Days - Gold Discovery (Role-Play), 2. Ships Of Gold / Gold Fever - Getting The Klondike Gold (Worksheet), 3. How Do You Get There From Here. - Sam's General Store (Math Problems), 4. White Pass And The Dead Horse Trail - Crooks And Shysters (Role-Play), 5. The Chilkoot Pass And The Golden Stairs - Avalanche (Role-Play), 6. To Dawson On The Mighty Yukon - Ted Harrison Style Picture, and 7. Dawson: City Of Gold - Pictoral Timeline. Part II- Starvation Winter Of 1897 (Drama Activities): This section uses structured drama activities to help bring meaning to the unit. The episodes mirror what actually occurred in Dawson during the winter of 1897/1898. Three episodes are presented with the teacher-in-role as a Yukon old-timer. The three episodes are: Miming For Gold, Disaster Hits Dawson (Starvation Winter), Newspaper Reporter Interview. Part III - Optional Lessons: A series of optional activities helps to build a degree of flexibility into the unit and can be added as separate activities, used to compliment other topics or given as enrichment. These include: Yukon Gold Wordsearch, Yukon Gold Crossword Puzzle, Panning For Gold / Meteorites, Homebuilt Sluice Box Written Questions, Movie Review, Baking Sourdough Bread/Buns.
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