La Jolla Elementary School fourth graders who have been studying early California history dressed up as cowboys and miners last week and participated in a series of activities that made the mid-1800s come alive.
Students from the four fourth-grade classes were divided into six teams that had to follow clues around the campus to find the spot of land that would be their "claim." Teachers throughout the school participated in the role-play. For example, Principal Donna Tripi acted as "sheriff" and support staff filled roles as "assayer," store shop keeper, and claim registrar. Once a team registered its claim, they could dig for "gold" (painted rocks). Students also did
Gold Rush-themed math games. The day ended with a feast that included barbecued hot dogs, chili, corn bread and pie.