Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Gifted Gab and the Classroom Corner--Wrapping up our Gold Rush Unit with a Trip around the World!

Sadly, my 3rd graders are coming to the end of their Gold Rush unit. This point of the year is always a little bittersweet for me because I realize we have reached the halfway point.  In spite of my teacher sadness, we had a great day, so let me tell you more about our exciting classroom learning experiences!  We concluded our unit today with a trip around the world. This may seem a little strange, but let me explain...
See, miners flocked to California from countries all over the world...Mexico, Greece, China...just to name a few. In class today students received a special passport, as shown, to travel to the homelands of many of these foreign miners.  Through these culminating activities/learning stations, students gained insight into the kaleidoscope of cultures that converged on the California gold fields.  Students also had a great time learning about the cultural traditions of these miners and made some awesome "souvenirs" along the way. Hope you enjoy these pictures and for more detailed instructions on this and much more, just follow the link below:

In Turkey, students made magic carpets using a batik technique...
and in Mexico, students made flags using tissue paper and paste!

While in Ireland, students made 3D rainbows.  Did you know Irish rainbows symbolize bridges? 
In China, students completed online research and made these awesome dragon puppets...
Just look at all of our hard work!!! :-)

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