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Ms. York
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 4 donors
  • $0 still needed

The Mystery of the '49ers and California's Golden Treasure

My students need 17 books about the California Gold Rush, including "Gold Fever!: Tales from the California Gold Rush".

I work in a rural, low-income school with a high-population of English Language Learners. As this school is located in northern California, the CA Gold Rush is a very important part of our history. Though without the right resources, even the most interesting pieces of the past can seem insignificant.

Our school has many end-of-the-year activities that relate to the CA Gold Rush. The students are excited about them even before they reach fourth grade. Unfortunately, as excited as they may be about panning for "gold" or being part of a "wagon train," a lot of the students do not fully understand the time period or its implications on our current way of life.

I am asking for a collection of books, both fiction and non-fiction, that describe the frenzied search for gold, the variety of people that made their way to California, the entrepreneurs and women that flourished during the time, and the hardships that newcomers faced when finally reaching the gold fields. Through these books, my students will have a greater understanding of the CA Gold Rush.

Your donation will ensure that future students will be able to read about and enhance their knowledge of the CA Gold Rush. It was an exciting and multidimensional piece of our state's history and one that speaks volumes to young students when given the right resources. Our fourth graders thank you!

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Levi Strauss (History Maker Bios Series) Stephanie Sammartino McPherson • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
California Gold Rush Jean F. Blashfield • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
The Legend of Freedom Hill Linda Jacobs Altman, Ying-Hwa Hu, Ying-Hwa Hu (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Dame Shirley and the Gold Rush Jim Rawls, James J. Rawls, John Holder (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.52 1 $6.52
The California Gold Rush: An Interactive History Adventure Elizabeth Raum, Malcolm Rohrbough • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Gold Fever!: Tales from the California Gold Rush Rosalyn Schanzer • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
The California Gold Rush Richard Conrad Stein • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Go West, Young Crab! Bentley Boyd • Barnes and Noble $4.45 1 $4.45
California Gold Rush Judy Monroe • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
The Gold Rush Bobbie Kalman • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
California Gold Rush: Moments in History Shirley Jordan • Barnes and Noble $16.15 1 $16.15
The Forty-Niners: The Story of the California Gold Rush Cynthia Mercati • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Chang's Paper Pony: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 3) Eleanor Coerr, Deborah Kogan Ray (Illustrator), Deborah K. Ray (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
The Gold Rush Sally Senzell Isaacs • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Gold Rush: Buried Treasure Barbara A. Somervill • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Search for Gold Mountain: Coming to America from China-1850 M. J. Cosson • Barnes and Noble $12.55 1 $12.55
Amidst the Gold Dust: Women Who Forged the West Danneberg • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65

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