Lesson 16: Crisis on the Yukon River
1. Gather as a whole group for discussion. Begin the discussion by asking students to recall and describe their journey so far across the lakes and rapids. You may want to remind students of the visual images from the film "Gold! The Klondike Adventure." Then tell students, "While going through the treacherous rapids, a boat overturned!" Don't disclose whose boat overturned. Continue with, "Everyone was able to swim safely to shore. But, all the supplies on the boat are lost! Don't fret because we're all committed to getting to the goldfields together. What should we do?" How are we going to help each other out?"
2. Have students work in small groups to decide what they will do to help. Have them list their ideas on large pieces of drawing paper. This activity is meant to give students an opportunity to empathize and brainstorm how they can help.
OBJECTIVE: To gain a sense of empathy for the hardships many Stampeders faced on their journey.
TIME: 60 minutes
Did You Know?
The Klondike Gold Rush has been described as "one of the weirdest and most useless movements in history. Over 70,000 people each wasted something like $1000 in a fruitless search for riches".