Free Study Guides
Download free learning activities to enrich the novels in the following subject areas:
Language Arts: vocabulary, reading comprehension, critical-thinking questions, writing (five elements of a story, point of view, and voice), create a dime novel, figures of speech
Geography: a trip around the Horn, transcontinental railroad, California gold fields, a gold town map, stagecoach routes, Sacramento River
History: California Gold Rush (1849-1855), prospecting, stamp mills, flumes, 1860s pistols, hard-rock miners, transcontinental railroad, Henry rifles, Pony Express, 1860s medicine, dime novels, Civil War, stagecoaches, gold-rush timeline
Science and Math: gold vs. fool’s gold, animal tracks, Sierra life zones, Venn diagram, gold-bar math, railroad math, riding the flume
Character and Bible: characters traits, Bible verse copy work, gold in the Bible
Just for Fun: mazes, puzzles, make a miner’s stove, pan for “gold,” make doughnuts, create a brand mark, make a simple paddle-wheel boat, web links
Answer keys for all four books. A great addition for any homeschool unit study. Approximately 28 pages each.
*Bonus* Each study guide includes a daily schedule to coordinate book chapters with the lessons in the guide. The PDF files are double-sided to save paper. You may print them as either single or double-sided files.
Click to download the enrichment guides (PDF files):
If you prefer not to print out the 122 pages of enrichment material, you may purchase a printed, spiral-bound study guide instead. Includes activities and answer keys for all six books, along with daily schedules to coordinate the activities with the books. $15.00