• Artist rendering of Pioneer Square during Klondike Gold Rush

    Klondike Gold Rush - Seattle Unit

    National Historical Park Washington

Lesson 1: Background Information

Lesson Description:

Most likely, your students have never heard of the Klondike Gold Rush. Best practices teaches us students learn best when they can build upon existing knowledge. Therefore, it is helpful to first introduce the gold rush to your students before taking them on the adventure. One way to do so is to view the PBS video "Gold."

A trip to the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is also a good way to introduce your students to the gold rush. See Lesson 3

OBJECTIVE: To introduce students to the Klondike Gold Rush
MATERIALS: "Gold" Video
TIME: 2 hours

Did You Know?

Chilkoot pass line of stampeders

Of the 70,000 stampeders who started for the gold fields, around 35,000 would make it to the Klondike region. Few would ever stake their own claims.