Title of Lesson: Go West Young Man#148

Key Words for Cross Reference: emigration immigration

National Standard: 16
The changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources.
State Standard: 13
Teaching Level: E
Lesson Introduction:

This lesson uses the geographic term immigration as a movement of living things from one country to another or one continent to another, whereas to emigrate is to move within a country.

- to differentiate between immigrate and emigrate
- to see how a human value of an earth resource affects the landscapes

outline map of the United States
children's storybooks of The Gold Rush

1. Read to or have the children read books of the life in Gold Rush towns and of the emigration westward from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast.
2. Explain the difference between immigration and emigration.
3. Why was gold valuable? (manmade value standard for money)
4. Where did the people come from that hunted for gold?
5. How did this emigration effect their communities, the land over which they traveled, and the new area where they arrived?
6. Make a Gold Trekking Map across the USA to show how you or an ancestor might have traveled to the gold fields.
7. Look in an atlas and see if their community name traveled with them. (For example, Lebanon, Hanover, and Canaan show up in cluster areas in ME, NH, PA, etc.)

Completed maps

Reflection: How successful was this lesson? Did all students benefit? Were there any surprises? What might you do differently another time? Please note any changes that will make this lesson more effective and useful in the future and pass them along to the NHGA. We appreciate your comments.
Thank you.
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