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Gold Rush Gallery Walk

I wanted to share some pictures from our gold rush gallery walk that we did this week! We have been reading lots of books, singing songs, and learning vocabulary all about the gold rush, however I wanted my students to see and reflect on some real pictures from that time!

I found a variety of pictures, glued them to pieces of construction paper, and hung them so they were spread out around the room.

Gold Rush Gallery Walk

Then we talked about who had visited an art gallery before, and what the environment is usually like there (quiet, people thinking about pictures, walking, etc.) I told my kiddos that I was going to give them time to walk around our gallery and do those things, however our gallery was special, because they would be able to carry around a pencil and write their thoughts and questions on the construction paper around the picture. For the next 15 minutes or so, they walked around and looked at the pictures and wrote down what they thought about each one…
Gold Rush Gallery Walk

Gold Rush Gallery Walk

Gold Rush Gallery Walk
Gold Rush Gallery Walk

Gold Rush Gallery Walk

After they were done, I paired them up and gave each couple the task of analyzing two pictures, reading their classmates’ responses, and then presenting the pictures as well as the overall thoughts that the class had on each picture.

Gold Rush Gallery Walk

Ending remarks: “Can we do another gallery walk tomorrow?”

Gallery walks can be used for any subject! You could also have students do a gallery walk when they have completed a project, so that students can see each others’ work! Instead of writing on the project, you could even have a blank sheet of paper next to the project for gallery walk comments!

  1. Oooooooohhhhh . . . great finds! You post goes very well with the linky party that I am hosting. Maybe you want to look into hooking this up with me??


    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  2. Mrs. Cupcake says:

    I'm lovin' that dice idea!! I always see those containers at Staples.. guess I need to pick them up!!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  3. Tara says:

    Love the gallery walk!!! Now poo!!! I have to go back out and shop some more:) I just got home but those Staples goodies are calling my name!! Um….could you please change your taste friend to something I don't like;) You'll be saving me some time and money…lol!!! Hugs and let's skype soon:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  4. Jessica says:

    Love the Staples finds…I may need to get in there soon! I especially want the containers for the dice…and the zipper pouches…and I love the microfiber cloth idea! My wallet thanks you! 🙂

    The Polka-dotted Teacher

  5. #1 Love your blog! What a great idea to have a picture walk for the gold rush! I have had gallery walks, but not like that. Going to have to do that next year!

    #2 I have wondered where to find those small containers! Love them. Have had that idea pinned forever for the dice (although I am not teaching math next year, but I would like to make them just in case).

    Check out my new blog- I am having a $25 Target card giveaway to celebrate: http://everynewbeginningblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/25-target-gift-card-giveaway.html

  6. Traci says:

    I had no idea Staples had a $1 bin!

    I LOVE the art gallery idea. So smart!
    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

  7. Lisa R. says:

    I just found your blog & I am a new follower!! I love your dice idea. 🙂 I look forward to reading more from you!

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  8. Maria says:

    I'm so glad you stopped by my blog today. Now I'm YOUR newest follower. I love the bright colored lids on those containers!


  9. Maria says:

    Whoops, totally meant to post this instead!


  10. Charmaine Ng says:

    Those $1 finds are too adorable! Colorful polka dots are always a nice touch. I also love the idea of a gallery walk. Gets the kids thinking.

    -Charmaine, Community Advocate at QuickSchools

  11. Jeff says:

    Love the gallery walk idea! It seems like a great way to really get them to take a closer look at something they might normally just skim over!

  12. Rebecca says:

    Hi Molly – I found your blog on Pinterest and am now following you. I love your Staples dollar bin finds – I stopped by today and picked up a few things! I especially love the dice idea – I teach 3 or 4 math classes a day and find dice everywhere. My blog is a work in progress, stop by if you have a chance!


  13. What a great idea! You have so many fun activities for your kiddos. I'm so looking forward to trying some of them with my class next year. Thank you so much for sharing your brilliance!

  14. I found those mini boxes at Staples today. It took 3 different staples to find enough of them, but I am very excited to have them!!! Thank you! Your blog inspires me!!!

  15. Jenny Brown says:

    Love the gallery walk idea! I am so going to do that with Alabama History next year!

  16. Anonymous says:

    I love the dice idea! I will certainly use it in my classroom this year!

  17. Ross Bussell says:

    I love the idea for the gallery walk. I'm going to use it in my classroom this week during our Civil War unit, I think they'll love it. I linked to this on my blog, thanks!

  18. Pamela Kranz says:

    Sad to say my Staples no longer has the cute little containers. I should have bought them when I saw them. If anyone has them and can give me a brand name so I can track them down, I'll be eternally grateful.

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