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Searching for Gold: A Collaborative Inquiry Project

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Searching for Gold: A Collaborative Inquiry Project

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Six 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Renee Goularte

Renee Goularte

Magalia, California

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

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Websites

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

Useful for a wide variety of reading and writing activities, this outlining tool allows students to organize up to five levels of information.

 

Comic Creator

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Comic Creator

The Comic Creator invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts (prewriting, pre- and postreading activities, response to literature, and so on).

 

Persuasion Map

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Persuasion Map

The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.

 

Printing Press

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.

 

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PRINTOUTS

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WEBSITES

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PREPARATION

  • Bookmark selected Gold Rush Websites listed and any additional Gold Rush links you may find appropriate for student research; or bookmark the Gold Rush Web Resources Travelogue, which provides the links for students.

  • Collect an assortment of texts on the Gold Rush at a variety of reading levels.

  • Make an overhead transparency of approximately one page of informational text dealing with the initial discovery of gold (or other related informational text if desired), to use for a whole-class mini-lesson on finding and highlighting important information. Alternately, use a Website and LCD projector for this process.

  • Make copies of student handouts: Guidelines for Teaching about Your Topic and Group Oral Presentation Rubric.

  • Test the Gold Rush Web Resources Travelogue on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that the sites are not blocked by any filtering software. This test will also ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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