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Yale Citizens in the Gold Rush Era

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The Faces of BC History...

Do you know who was part of the Fraser River Gold Rush? Get to learn the faces and roles of the people who were part of the Fraser River Gold Rush in British Columbia.

To research, using this website and other sources, the people of the gold rush era in Yale, BC and/or those associated with the Cariboo Wagon Road.

Prescribed Learning Outcomes:
BC Grade 5 Social Studies Curriculum: Applications :
  • to gather and record a body of information from a variety of primary and secondary sources

BC Grade 10 Social Studies Curriculum: Applications :
  • identify and clarify a problem, an issue, or an inquiry
  • plan and conduct library and community research using primary and secondary print and non-print sources, including electronic sources
  • generate and critique different interpretations of primary and secondary sources

Group Size: Small groups of 3 or 4 or pairs


This activity can be for BEFORE or AFTER each student has had a chance to know the people section located in this web-site.

Two strategies to decide from are:

Option A would be creating the cards beforehand, having them ready to use by the students.

Option B would have the children research and make their own cards from the information available on the web-site and/or other primary sources about people in the Cariboo Gold Rush and Yale area during this period.

(substitutions are fine)
  • Printer to make paper copies of the photo images from the web-site
  • stiff paper (card, construction, Bristol) for backing printed photo images, use the same colour for all photos
  • thicker paper for head bands strips (one per person playing game) ~60 or more cm long (dependent on head size)
  • glue, or tape of any type
  • note-paper or word processor to collect notes

Take some time with your students to look at the Yale People section in this website or use the People section in the Cariboo Wagon Road Website. Become familiar with the people and the role each played in the Gold Rush era. If you know of other primary or secondary sources of information make tese available for students research as well.

Option A
  • Each photo should be mounted on stiff piece of paper such as construction paper, Bristol board or thick card. The image should no greater size than a large recipe card (~ 10cm by 12 cm in size)
  • On the front of the mounted photos print the name of the person who is in the photo using large size letters so people can read the name up to 50 cm away.
Option B
  • Have each student decide on a person they will research on the web-site. Allow for the students to come up with ten to twenty facts they will research about their person. (i.e. birth death date, occupation in BC, hair colour, height, sex, place of business in BC, how involved in BC history? mode of transport around BC, personal details (did they sketch? type of handwriting style)
  • Once the information is compiled, check for clarity and accuracy through presentations of their Gold Rush person to the class and the information they found out about them. Presentations should be complete with a photo of the Gold Rush person mounted on the same thicker paper(Bristol, card, etc).

Procedure to play "Heads Up!"
  1. Once all students have either presented or had a chance to look at the web-site you are ready to try the following game.
  2. Place all cards in a pile and mix them up thoroughly. Each student should have their own head band. If head bands are not available simply make a stand out of paper and tape (a triangle shape will work well), and paper clip the card to the stand.
  3. Each person chooses a card NOT LOOKING AT THE FRONT OF THE CARD, and places it on their head band (or on the stand in front of them) facing the other players. If a player receives their own person, they should switch cards with two other people.
  4. One person starts by asking a question to the group. The group responds to the question. The group can converse and discuss the most appropriate answer to the question.
  5. The next person is then allowed to ask a question about their unknown character.
  6. Questioning goes on until all have guessed their character. Students are to make note(s) of the most distinguishing fact(s) about their character which helped them guess who it was and share the fact(s) with the class or their group.
  • Leave game in classroom for students to use in their spare time.
  • Create a book of all these characters (photo and write-up) to be left in the classroom as a classroom reference document.
  • Bulletin Board: Post all photo cards with a brief write up, which would include all the found facts of who they are, etc.. for parents, other classes to see.
  • Each student creates a word search from a personally selected list of names of gold rush characters.

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