"A! U! Give Me Back My Gold!!!!!"
This statement is the one thing I learned in high school chemistry and have never forgotten! I thought gold was the appropriate element to focus on this week with St. Patrick's Day right around the corner and you never know, you could catch a leprechaun that will lead you to his gold! Today I focused on map reading and learning some American history about gold.
Hunt for the Leprechaun's Gold
A little prep work goes into this one; painting rocks gold...................
And drawing a map of the area where your hunt will take place, I glittered the spots where the gold was hidden.
The girls studied the map............
Then they were on the hunt for the leprechaun's gold...............
Panning for Gold
We learned all about the American Gold Rush today and drew the different routes the 49er's could have taken to get to California.
Then we did our own panning for gold. To make the gold nuggets I made a glue, glitter and gold acrylic paint concoction; then added orange lentils and rice to the mix. I let it dry overnight and found pretty realistic looking gold nuggets in the morning!
I added the gold nuggets to potting soil, added water and the ladies were now ready to.....
Pan for Gold!!!
They continued to pan for gold all afternoon and reinacted the Gold Rush! I even heard them talking about supply and demand! Click here to visit a FANTASTIC site about the gold rush. I found the information regarding the women of that time especially fascinating. Click here to get the map outline we used to draw the different routes the 49ers could travel.
Putting it Down on Paper
The ladies found gold on their PTOE and colored it in. Then they wrote and illustrated the different things they learned on a piece of paper to put in their PTOE notebooks.
Tomorrow we will visit this site Click here to learn more about the history and geology of gold. We will make some gold jewlery and paint with gold. Visit here and here for more PTOE activities.