My students need boomtown supplies to sell to over 900 "forty-niners" coming to visit their Gold Rush businesses. These are fully operational businesses, such as restaurants, a saloon, a barber shop, right down to a mine!
Hooray! This project is fully funded
Hooray! This project is fully funded
There are twenty-nine fourth graders in my 2017/2018 4th grade class. Our little town is a very rural town in Tehachapi, California, at the edge of the Mojave Desert. We lovingly call it by another name, as well, T-Town. My students are ultra responsible as a class, in general. They are also eager to learn and engage happily in everything I throw their way! Fun and games is a big part of their learning, and they dive into it with gusto! I believe that my fantastic students are primed and ready to stage a real, live, rootin', tootin' Boomtown, set in the Gold Rush days of California!
They are actually starting to become a family, which is in unison with our theme of "OHANA," this year.
All of my students are hard-working, do their homework, and work well collaboratively, which we do A LOT in my class. They seem to like each other well, and they are more than willing to help their partners and the others in their groups to "not get left behind!" I think they will become fabulous business owners and employees~
My fourth grade class at our elementary School will be taking a trip back in history in the Spring of 2018. Teacher, D. (alias, Senor Bob), with a lot of parental help, will turn her classroom into an 1850's gold rush town called "Rocker Ridge." The class will accomplish this with a LOT of parent volunteers, donations, and help from local businesses and for construction materials, such as cardboard boxes.
This will be a fully operational boom town, with real Gold Rush supplies, a jail, bank, saloon, general store, etc.
and even a gold mine! Every day, businesses will be selling supplies to visiting "forty-niners," count tills, and balance books at the end of the day. The students must also journal what happened to them that day and tell what they learned. The owners and employees will also have to wait on customers, to the tune of every single child at GHE and learn how to display patience by putting on a friendly face and helping and caring about their customers.
Participants will dress in period clothing, hats, mustaches, wigs, etc., to flesh out their roles in the Rocker Ridge Social Studies project. There will be essays written to "vie" to become a business owner, interviews to become employees of said businesses, signs, menus, and other organizational skills that the students must accomplish to make their business "customer and competitive worthy," along with construction and interior design skills. Social studies, math, and language will come into play during the project.
All told, this project will take upwards of two months, in order to give the students a taste of "real life." At the end, one of my goals is for them to appreciate their parents' daily hard work and sacrifice, and also, that they experience their first jobs!
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