Which would you rather do: read about the gold rush? or dip your pan into an icy-cold riverbed, scoop out some rocks and mud, swish it around in the rushing water and discover glistening, glittery flakes of gold? This exciting new series is designed not only to bring history to life for your students, these activities actually bring history into your classroom! Children will have the opportunity to become a part of the exciting adventure as they experience firsthand the lure of gold and the harsh realities of mining life. Fascinating "nuggets" of information about this rare and precious metal, active explorations of the Californian and Alaskan gold rushes, role-playing investigations of the mining life - even a sourdough starter recipe - are included. Teachers are provided with background information, source materials and resources. So push back the desks and roll up your sleeves - here is history in the making!