Science is a new way to teach middle school science. It is an
award-winning, standards-based program in which newsworthy events
establish the relevance of science topics; authentic tasks create the
need-to-know more about those topics; and lively interviews,
photographs, Web pages, and inquiry-based science activities create a
desire to know more about those topics.
Gold Rush! is
an Event-Based Science module about rocks and minerals. It uses the
1848 discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in the California territory, to
establish the context for the study.
The task in Gold
places students in the roles of partners in a mining company. Students
will acquire then use their knowledge of rocks and minerals to analyze
data from abandoned mines and choose one for their company to reopen.
As with all Event-Based Science modules, much of the
information that students need is provided in the pages of Gold
However, more information is needed. Information about rocks, minerals,
and modern mining operations will add to the authenticity of your
are some World-Wide Web sites where that information is available.
Click on the highlighted words and be linked with sites where helpful
information can be found.
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Links to Gold Rush! related WEB Sites
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working on the day of the last update.)
Chemistry Guide -
a comprehensive collection of annotated links for chemists and
researchers involved in organic, biochemical, computational, medicinal
and/or other chemistry research. We hope the links we have provided
here will help you to locate the information you are looking for
quickly and easily.
Guide to GeodesThis
site about geodes was discovered by Megan Boyd as she worked to
complete a worksheet givien to her by her earth science teacher. Megan
goes to Kimball Elementary School in Seattle Washington.