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Video: Westward Expansion and the Gold Rush for Kids
With banjo, guitar, bones, spoons, washboard, jaw harp, Native American water drum and more, Dave Ruch leads students on a fun-filled musical journey back to 19th-century America.
Starting with the Cumberland Gap, Lewis and Clark, and the Erie Canal, this program walks students across the Mississippi River and out to the Oregon Trail and California as they answer questions, act out songs, move, laugh, sing, wonder and inquire.
Topics covered include the motivations to move west, the routes, the wagon trains, the Gold Rush, relations with – and effects on – the Native people, and more.
Grades K-8, 45 minutes
Cost: $149 per school (you pick start date, unlimited plays in unlimited classrooms for five school days)
“This video helped me to see how excited the children get when concepts are put to music, and how much more engaged they are.”
– Deb Swift, Fillmore Central School, Fillmore NY