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The Gold Rush Week 2Day 2: Im a Miner (60 minutes) Objective Students will be able to identify and describe

the nature of a miners everyday life during the time of the Gold Rush in California. Standards Common Core State StandardsWriting (CCSS-W) 1. Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information. Common Core State StandardsSpeaking and Listening (CCSS-SL) 1. Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. Common Core State StandardsReading Standards for Literature (CCSS-RL) 1. Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a characters thoughts, words, or actions). CSSCS 4.3: Students explain the economic, social and political life in California from the Gold Rush 3. Analyze the effects of the Gold Rush on settlements, on daily life, politics, and the environment. ISTE; NETS S 1: Creativity and InnovationStudents demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. ISTE: NETS S 2: Communication and CollaborationStudents use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Preparation You will need to have the podcast ready to play for this portion of the unit. !"#$ %&"#'()'*$+(),*&-$.*/'"),$$0123$!"#$%%$&"'&()"%*$"+(,-"./0*4$56789$:;<()$()$*#$=-$ >"?,*?4$@A,$()$">)*$"$B&CC$/*D#>*"/$B&*=$(;A#C)$(B$=-$>"?,*?$()$#*,$"E"(>"@>C9$

You could even come to class this day dressed like a miner and role-play to introduce the lesson. The open mind worksheets will need to be ready for handout as well as a schedule for entry on the computer for the blog portion of the assignment. Students who complete the open mind worksheet can begin to hand-write out what they would like to type into the blog entry while they wait for their turn. You will also need to have the link ready for the students to access Sheppards Software to complete the assignment with the picture. http://www.sheppardsoftware.com

Materials Teacher computerset for podcast Class set of ComputersBook marks set to Sheppards Software Open Mind Worksheets Life of a Miner Cloze notes worksheet (Student and Teacher Copy) Pencil

Guided Instruction To begin this lesson, you will first need to frontload the students with a very clear and realistic idea of what everyday life was like for the miners during the Gold Rush. This will be an intrapersonal activity, which will require the student to really feel the emotions of what the miners went through each day. So it is important for the class to understand what the miners experienced. *See attached notes. Put them up on the document camera. After the cloze notes are done, you can begin the podcast--*Start it at 2:00 in to the podcast. The rest should take about 16 minutes. Have the students close their eyes and put themselves in the shoes of the miner. Remind them to feel what the experience of daily life for the miner was like. At the conclusion of listening to the podcast, distribute the Open Mind worksheet *see attached. Students should write how the miners thought and felt during their workday. They should use details about the experience. Independent Activity Once the students complete the Open Mind worksheet, they should take a station at the

class computers and go to Sheppards Software in order to transfer the information from the worksheet to painted picture in the program. Students should also use this time to make an entry in their Gold Rush blog (created in the first week of the unit). The title should be A Day in the Life of a Miner. Homework Homework this evening will be to complete the unfinished class work. Students should also tell their parents what they learned about the daily life of miners during the Gold Rush and get a signature from the adult they shared with.

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The Life of a Miner: Notes


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Most camps and mining towns were made of canvas tents or wooden structures. Harmful fires were very common. Some mining camps were completely destroyed by these terrible fires.

Many miners lived in tents and cooked their food over an open fire. Meals were normally beans, bacon or hunted wildlife.

Heavy rain and snow during the winter months made for very difficult living and mining conditions. Most miners spent the winter in a big city or some other mining town.

Sickness and colds were very common from sleeping every day on cold, damp ground. The food was not nutritious which caused poor health amongst the miners. Scurvy was ramped from lack of fruits and vegetables. Sanitation was very bad and the miners seldom bathed or washed their clothes.

A miner would work to search for Gold from sunup to sundown. Some would even use lanterns and work in the dark. A normal workday was 12 hours or more. Miners had to be strong physically and emotionally to endure these long grueling days.

Miners also had to be concerned for their safety because if they found a lot of gold, they would have to protect themselves from thieves.

The daily life of a miner was extremely difficult. Long hours and laborious physical work in harsh weather made life hard. Many endured these conditions with the hopes of striking gold and becoming rich.

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The Life of a Miner: Notes


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Most camps and mining towns were made of __________ or wooden structures. Harmful fires were very _________. Some mining camps were completely _________ by these terrible fires.

Many miners lived in ________ and cooked their food over an _________. Meals were normally beans, bacon or _______________.

Heavy rain and snow during the winter months made for very _________ living and mining conditions. Most miners spent the winter in __________ or some other mining town.

___________ and colds were very common from sleeping every day on cold, ____________. The food was not nutritious which caused poor health amongst the miners. __________ was ramped from lack of fruits and vegetables. Sanitation was very bad and the miners seldom _________ or washed their clothes.

A miner would work to search for Gold from sunup to sundown. Some would even use lanterns and work in the dark. A normal workday was _________ or more. Miners had to be strong physically and ___________ to endure these long grueling days.

Miners also had to be concerned for their _______ because if they found a lot of gold, they would have to protect themselves from ________.

The daily life of a miner was _________. Long hours and laborious physical work in harsh weather made life hard. Many endured these conditions with the hopes of striking gold and becoming _________.