Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Socials 10-4: Gold mining

Today we had our second lesson on early BC history. In the end, I want you to be able to create a sketchnote about early BC.
Last year's sketch
Today's sketch
Our focus this afternoon was the gold rush(es). We started by looking at a photo of early Barkerville (p. 222 of the text) to draw conclusions about planning, need and use. We then learned some basics about traditional gold mining equipment including the pan, rocker box, sluice box and Cornish wheel. Next we saw a short clip showing a modern variant of the traditional sluice box (individuals are still prospecting in BC on small scale operations just like they did in the past). We then watched a segment with BC mining history legend Bill Barlee who explained the principles involved in placer mining (I created a sketchnote to help you curate the facts). We ended with some computer research time - links to key sites are found HERE - in order to be able to create a sketchnote at a later date. We will use Thursday's class to complete our research and Tuesday's class to draw the sketch.

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