Klondike Gold Rush Lesson Plan

Instructor: Julie Zundel

Julie has taught high school Zoology, Biology, Physical Science and Chem Tech. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Education.

The Klondike Gold Rush gives students a platform to learn about historical figures, and challenges people faced during this time. This lesson allows students to explore the Gold Rush from the perspective of a person living in that time period.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe the challenges faced by miners and the indigenous peoples living in the Klondike during the Klondike Gold Rush
  • describe what life was like for people living in the region during that time period
  • give a brief background of how the Klondike Gold Rush began and ended


  • Two 60-minute class periods (students may need to complete the project as homework)


Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.


Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.

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