As part of the Social Studies curriculum, Fourth Graders in learn about our state history and that includes a bit about the miners. For this lesson, I show the students a PowerPoint about the history of mining in California.
I also have them look at antique postcards to get ideas for our miner postcards (I tell them postcards were not in use until the late 1800’s) . I also bring in some tin types and daguerreotypes which allows them to see a bit of history.
The students choose an image to create their postcard. Once complete, they write out a postcard as if they are a miner sending a note back home. I mount them side by side on paper.