Event-Based 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 Rush! 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 Rush!. However, more information is needed. Information about rocks, minerals, and modern mining operations will add to the authenticity of your study.
Below 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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Parker Schnabel on FacebookGold Rush is a reality television series that airs on Discovery Channel, with reruns also airing on TLC. Gold Rush consistently rated number one or two among cable television shows in the Fall 2011 and Winter 2012 seasons with 5.48 million viewers. Parker Schnable is the 19-year-old who is helping his 93-year-old grandfather mine for gold in Alaska.
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