Boom Town is a story for third grade students that is part of the Treasures reading program. It tells the story of a family that moves to a small town in California during the Gold Rush and how the town changes over time. The story is written by Sonia Levitin and illustrated by John Sandford.
The story can be found online in PDF format at this link. You will need a program that can open PDF files, such as Adobe Reader, to read it. Alternatively, you can listen to the story being read aloud by a volunteer at this link. You will need an internet connection and a device that can play audio files, such as a computer or a smartphone, to listen to it.
Boom Town is a fun and engaging story that teaches students about history, geography, economics, and community. It also helps students practice their reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. Some of the words that students will learn from the story are:
boom: a sudden increase in population, business, or activity
bustle: to move or act with a lot of energy and noise
claim: a piece of land that someone says they own
flourish: to grow or develop well
lode: a rich source of something valuable
prospector: someone who searches for gold or other minerals
shanty: a small and poorly built house or hut
trickle: to flow or fall in drops or a thin stream
After reading or listening to the story, students can answer some questions to check their understanding. Some of the questions are:
Why did Amanda's family move to California
What did Amanda's father do for a living
How did Amanda help her family earn money
What were some of the changes that happened in the town
How did Amanda feel about the changes
What did Amanda decide to do at the end of the story
The answers to these questions can be found at this link, on pages 10 and 11 of the PDF file.
I hope you enjoy reading or listening to Boom Town and learning more about this period of American history. Have fun!Boom Town is not only a story, but also a theme for many activities that students can do to enrich their learning. Some of the activities that students can do are:
Sequencing: Students can practice putting events from the story in order using a PowerPoint presentation that shows pictures and sentences from the story. Students can drag and drop the slides to arrange them in the correct sequence. This activity helps students improve their reading comprehension and retelling skills. You can find this activity at this link.
Vocabulary: Students can review the vocabulary words from the story using a crossword puzzle, a word search, a matching game, and a fill-in-the-blank activity. These activities help students reinforce their word recognition and spelling skills. You can find these activities at this link.
Grammar: Students can practice identifying and using common and proper nouns, which are the grammar concept of the week. Students can play a Go Fish game where they match a common noun to its proper noun, such as \"state\" and \"California\". Students can also do a cupcake sort where they paste the frosting with a proper noun onto the cupcake with the corresponding common noun, such as \"city\" and \"San Francisco\". These activities help students learn the difference between common and proper nouns and how to capitalize them correctly. You can find these activities at this link.
Writing: Students can write their own stories about a boom town using a graphic organizer that helps them plan their characters, setting, problem, and solution. Students can also write a letter to Amanda from the story, telling her what they think about her town and her decision. These activities help students develop their creative writing and communication skills. You can find these activities at this link.
These are some of the many activities that students can do to extend their learning from Boom Town. These activities are fun, interactive, and aligned with the Treasures reading program and the Common Core State Standards. They can be used in class or at home to reinforce reading skills and concepts. aa16f39245