What are the major history and science topic areas in the Across the Plains and Beyond unit?
The major history topic areas in the Across the Plains and Beyond unit are Life in the early 1800's American West, the California Gold Rush, State Spotlight
on California, a Presidential Spotlights on James Polk and Zachary Taylor, and a World Spotlight on China. The major science topic in this unit is a study of Pre-Chemistry.
What are some highlights from this unit?
Head to the California gold fields for rollicking adventures as you read By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman • Gold Jiggler Nuggets,
Hangtown Fry, and Pay Dirt Pudding • Studies, experiments, and activities in Pre-chemistry • "Where's the Matter," "What's the Matter," and "Runaway Bubbles of
Gas" • Periodic Table of Elements Project • Folk songs in American history • "Panning for Gold" Gold Rush learning game, and clay gold nuggets • Boom towns,
ghost towns, and the growth of San Francisco in Gold Rush days • Designing Boom Town Restaurant Menus with Gold Rush themes • "Gold in California!" news stories • Gold Rush
Poetry • Life and presidencies of James Knox Polk and Zachary Taylor • Elections of 1844 and 1848 • Authors and poets of the 1840's and American
Romanticism • Chinese-Americans and their role in the Gold Rush • World spotlight on China • Rice and tea culture of China • Sampling Chinese teas, almond cookies, and fried
rice • Rice mosaics and models of the Great Wall of China • Music and art of China • Watercolor wall hangings • Chinese holiday customs - Chinese New Year and the Full Moon
Festival • Chinese customs and religion, and missionaries to China • Pony Express • Discover California - the Golden State • California Missions • Sourdough bread
and California pizza • Golden Gate Bridge • Sparkle at a Gold Fever Party with bandanas and blue jeans, munching on Gold Rush Grub like Crispy Golden Nuggets, Gold Nugget Crunch, and Gold-Dusted
Cookies • Play Panning for Gold, Miner's Laundry and Clothespin Games, "Eureka! I Found It!" Nugget Toss, Backpack Challenge, and Sourdough Butter Battle!