4.4 Children of the Gold Rush 4-Pack
This title is a student novel for the 4.4 Read-Aloud Teacher's Guide-Historical Nonfiction, Children of the Gold Rush, one of five read-aloud units for fourth grade in the Read Side by Side Reading Program! Each student will need their own copy and will follow along as the teacher reads aloud.
The book Children of the Gold Rush, by Jane G. Haigh and Claire Rudolf Murphy, is a beautiful anthology of children's life-stories from the Klondike Gold Rush era. Your students will love the photographs, maps, and memorabilia used to connect the reader to the past!
Blurb: Children of the Gold Rush describes, in individual stories, vintage photographs, and historical memorabilia, what life was like for those indomitable kids a century ago. Gold rushes in Alaska and the Yukon Territory attracted thousands of people from all over the world hoping to strike it rich. For thirty years they streamed into new towns like Dawson, Fairbanks, and Nome, and hundreds of thrown-together mining camps. In the midst of all this activity lived children, too.
In a land where freezing, dark winters, and mosquito-filled summers challenged even the hardiest pioneers, the children, like their parents, had to be tough and quick to adapt to harsh conditions. Living in boomtowns and rugged encampments on the gold creeks, they learned to eat different foods such as caribou and moose, dress in fur clothing to survive the cold, and endure family separations.
Some left after only a few years, while others stayed and eventually raised their own children in an Alaska that had changed dramatically since the gold rush days. None would ever forget their childhood adventures in the Far North.
Lexile Level: 1070
Page Count: 74