Fourth grade students at Valley View Elementary School celebrated Gold Rush Day earlier this month, reenacting a day in the life of an early California miner/settler.
The activities included journaling for several days beforehand, as if the student were a miner or settler, heading toward California's Gold Rush.
Students arrived the day of the event in Gold Rush attire. They dressed as a miner (jeans, flannel shirt, and an old hat), prepared beef stew in the auditorium, and even worked in â€œmining campsâ€ rotating through simulated experiences and games related to the Gold Rush.
These included panning for gold and making souvenir gold pouches and a Merchant Game whereby students will bought and sold supplies to each other as merchants and miners try to survive.
After a hearty breakfast of pancakes and sausages, the students tried square dancing and ended the day with typical campfire activities.
â€” Robin Goldsworthy