An interactive gold-panning game in which students explore scenarios of reward, penalisation and inequality.
This teaching resource is an interactive game that allows students to experience the action of gold-panning. The game includes various scenarios in which students cultivate empathy for miners on the goldfields while playing a game that explores the concepts of reward, penalisation and inequality. No one is safe, and anyone can strike it large!
Play this game as a lesson warm-up/down, or include it as a group competition that runs alongside the Australian Gold Rush unit.
This resource is included in Teach Starter’s Australian Gold Rush unit.
Download this resource as part of a larger resource pack or Unit Plan.
Australian Gold Rush Unit Plan
This Australian Gold Rush unit investigates the historical discovery of Australia’s Gold Rush period, from the mid-to-late 1800s. Ideas include the discovery of gold, mining lifestyle, wealth and success, social consequences, and how these shaped the Australia we live in today.
Australian Curriculum alignment
The role that a significant individual or group played in shaping a colony
The reasons people migrated to Australia and the experiences and contributions of a particular migrant group within a colony
The impact of a significant development or event on an Australian colony
The nature of convict or colonial presence, including the factors that influenced patterns of development, aspects of the daily life of the inhabitants (including Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islander Peoples) and how the environment changed
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