The 20 enjoyable, interactive classroom activities that are included will help your students understand the text in amusing ways. Fun Classroom Activities include group projects, games, critical thinking activities, brainstorming sessions, writing poems, drawing or sketching, and more that will allow your students to interact with each other, be creative, and ultimately grasp key concepts from the text by "doing" rather than simply studying.
1. Gold Mining
Create a plan to mine gold as if you were part of the Gold Rush of 1844.
2. Map of Califonia
Research and draw a map of California as it existed in 1844. Compare it to a current map of California.
3. Mexico and California
Create a chart showing how Mexico and the United States came to have their present borders versus the borders of the mid-1800s.
4. Model of a Sailing Vessel from the Mid-1800s.
Create a paper mache or other type of model of...
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