Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A trip back in time to the California Gold Rush . . .



Now that you’ve had a tour of Coloma, what do you think? Give a review of the field trip. You may discuss any part of the trip or just a single part. A good review will state a big idea about what you think and then have several details to support that big idea. If you have more than one big idea, then you would create more than one paragraph. 


Think of all the things we did on the trip:



  • the tour of the mill, the original mill site and the discovery site



  • the outside exhibits and a discussion on gold from the park ranger



  • the hike to the monument where we saw Marshall’s cabin, the cemetery and the place where James Marshall is buried


  • a visit to the Monroe House that Pearley built in 1925



  • the gold panning



  • the tour of the Pioneer Cemetery where we saw the plot of the Monroe-Gooch family,  a soldier from the Mexican-American War and the headstones for people from all over the world


Is there a part that you like best that you’d like to write about?

Was there a part that you didn’t like that you’d like to write about?

Do you want to give an overview of the entire trip? 

Did you learn something good that you’d like to share with the world?

Those are just some ideas; you may write about any portion of the trip. This is the final blog of this trimester, so make it your best writing yet! Be sure that you check your spelling and conventions and be certain that you have said exactly what you want to tell the world. 



As always, please comment on each other’s work. Everyone likes a nice comment!






89 comments:

  1. I had a fun field trip in Coloma. My class went to Coloma on October 29, 2019. I thought the trip was amazing. If I could rate the trip, I would give 5 stars out of 5. I liked many things about the trip and disliked some things, but I will talk about the pros and cons.

    One thing I liked was the outdoor exhibits that we saw in Coloma. I liked the exhibits because we got to figure out the answers to questions on our own, but I didn’t like how the indoor exhibits were closed down due to too much wind.The exhibits were awesome because I learned about stuff like hydraulic mining and mining houses. If I were to rate this part of our day, I would say 4 stars out of 5 stars. I would only give this part 4 stars because I would like to see inside the museums.

    Another thing I liked was the hike to the Marshall Monument. The monument was amazing, and it is hard to believe how big the statue is. I didn’t like hiking up the hill because the hill was going up and gravity was trying to pull me down. I thought the facts about the monument were interesting. I also liked that we got to see the inside of a church on our way to the monument because it looked really old, and even though it was old, it was very sturdy. If I were to rate this event I would rate this 4 stars out of 5.

    Another event that I liked was gold panning in a recreational area. I liked gold panning because I found a piece of amber! I didn’t like gold panning because my shoes got a little wet. I also didn’t like gold panning because it was tiring, and I couldn’t imagine doing that over and over again until I got gold. It must have been pretty boring during the days of the pioneers. I also liked people being fooled by pyrite. Someone in my class found a huge piece of pyrite, and they thought it was gold. I didn’t find any gold specks or even pyrite. A lot of people in my class found gold flecks on their socks! I felt cold when I walked back because the water was really cold. I would rate this 3 stars out of 5 because I was cold afterwards.

    The Coloma field trip overall was outstanding. Of course there were bad things, but overall this field trip was amazing. There were so many outstanding things about the field trip like seeing James Marshall's Monument, gold panning, and the outdoor exhibits.

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    1. Great organization of many ideas, Lyla! You have good topic sentences for each paragraph, you have a good introduction and conclusion, and the ideas are easy to understand! So, can I assume you wouldn't want to pan for gold 10 hours a day, every day, month after month after month?

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    2. Well organized Lyla! I like the structure of your writing. Consider me giving a thumbs up to you(I'm actually doing it at this moment. It's really hard trying to type with your thumbs up)at this moment.

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  2. I tremendously enjoyed the trip to Coloma. Out of all the field trips that I have gone on Coloma has been my favorite one. It was very fun to pan for gold. I found a couple gold flakes in my pan, and a couple stuck to my leg. I also found a lot of quartz.

    This was the best trip! I liked that there was a wall where the original Sutter Mill was built. It made me feel as if I was actually in the 1800s when John Sutter and James Marshall were around. I liked the way Mr. Marshall designed Sutter’s Mill. He must have been a great carpenter. Sutter’s Mill was a mind-blowing piece of architecture. It must have taken a lot of innovation to build a mill that could cut wood by itself!

    I enjoyed walking up the hill on which James Marshall was buried. It seemed there was a big chapter of California history under the monument. I was amazed that he was buried right there in Coloma! I was stunned when they told us that he had traveled all over the world.

    I learned that it was hard to find gold in the American River and that one will not simply find it laying around in plain view. One has to work hard to get it. One cannot just look around and hope that it floats to you.

    I also learned that one cannot leave the gold one finds in a random place. I had dug a deep hole about two feet deep. I pulled soil from it and found a little gold. I set the tiny piece of gold next to me and continued to pan. The next time I looked there, it was gone!

    I learned much about Native American history in Coloma. Back when the Maidu Indians were in Coloma, the miners invaded their home. I learned that the miners took away the Indians’ home.It was sad that the Indians had to die because of gold! The miners brought in diseases that killed many Native Americans. This was wrong.

    This was the best field trip that I have ever gone on. It taught me a great deal about the Gold Rush. Coloma allows us to simulate what it was like to be in the 1800s and it felt very real to me. The trip to Coloma was the best of all.

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    1. Excellent blog post, Lucas! I like the ideas you have in each paragraph, and the fact that you felt that you could simulate what it was like in the 1800s is great! I enjoyed every paragraph as each one had something great in it. Outstanding insights! I agree on the architecture of the mill. Incredible that they could do that in 1847.

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  3. My favorite part of the Coloma field trip was when we went gold panning panning in the American River where I found gold. I think this is the best part because I got to experience the thrill of finding gold like the miners did when they found the golden alloy. This made the gold adventure exciting and interesting.The gold panning part of the field trip would definitely deserve a five star.


    Another part of the field trip I liked was when we got to see the Monroe’s family grave. I liked seeing the Monroe’s grave plot because I have been reading about the Monroes for a long time. That was really cool to look at the graves of the people I have been learning about. Seeing the Monroe’s grave plot was very interesting and historical because Pearley and Andrew Monroe had dug James Marshall’s grave which to me is very awesome and cool. I would definitely come back to the Monroe’s plot again.


    This field trip is the most historical, thrilling, and exciting, we got to walk up and down hills, we saw people’s graves, and we went gold panning. I love the field trip overall. I would always come back to Coloma without a doubt. Truly I think I could lead my family on a tour to Coloma because of how much interest and fun I had there on that day.

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    1. Well organized piece of writing, Anson. Good topic sentences and your details are easy to understand. I am glad you enjoyed the trip, and I'm glad that you can now lead a tour! Leading tours is fun!

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    2. nice layout. the blog is very neat.

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    3. you have a very organized piece of writing! You really decribed the field trip well

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    4. Very nice blog Anson! It is very organized and interesting! Very nice piece of writing!

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  4. My favorite part of the Coloma field trip was when we got to gold pan in the American River. This was my favorite part because I got to experience what the gold miners did. I didn't get to experience the whole thing because I only did it for a couple of minutes the gold miners did it for days. Also I liked how we could pan with our friends and we could show each other the minerals we found. Another thing I liked is how we weren't that limited to a certain space we had a pretty big space we could go panning in.
    There are also some things I didn’t like and, I would also like to give you a summary of the entire trip. I didn’t like taking the picture in front of the wall where Sutters mill once stood because I had to stay in the same position. I don’t like doing that because I always have to be in pictures all the time.The trip was great but it got a little rough at some parts. If I hadn’t gone i would be I guess just plain out sad. In the overall trip I learned that the California Gold Rush was a huge world wide event.

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    1. Panning is fun, but I don't know that I'd have the patience to do it all day. I like the monument of the mill! I like that there is a spot where they know the original mill stood. The Gold Rush was truly a worldwide event, for sure! Would you have wanted to be in it?

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    2. I like how you explained what you didn't like, as well as what you did like. Nice job Zach!

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    3. Nice job Zach that is short and to the point. That was also my favorite part.

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    4. Great effort, Zach! It was a nice and clear piece of writing!

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  5. I loved the trip to Coloma, it was so exciting! The part I like most was when we got to stand on the Monroe’s personal grave’s. Especially Pearley’s grave, when we stood on them we were standing on a piece of history. That was the strongest family in the graveyard.


    They were all buried together, they were FAMILYso they had to stick together. While standing on their grave I could feel their power rise into me. That was the best part. The second best part was we got to stand on the person's grave who had to buy back her child. We also got to stand on the person’s grave who had to be BOUGHT back, the interesting part is Andrew the baby that had to be bought back by his own mom. It’s interesting, because mom’s don’t usually need to buy back their children.




    I didn’t like the part when we walked past the tiny little headstones with babies under them. It’s so sad, because they had such a short life. I actually seen a baby that was born and buried on the same day. Nobody should live that short. It makes me wish there was technology back then for babies.

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    1. I really agree when you said " Nobody should live that short." Nice job, Carissa!

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    2. I agree, it was cool standing on Miss Nancy's grave

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  6. Wow! I love the way you described standing on the graves, Carissa. I agree that there is something about being at the gravesite of the people we read about for quite a long time. Miss Nancy is a hero, and to see her grave is inspiring to me. I agree with you about the babies; that's a sad part of life in the 1800s.

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  7. The field trip to Coloma was very enjoyable and fun, and I can see myself going there in the future. At Coloma, we gold panned, saw the original site of Sutter’s mill, saw Pearley Monroe’s house and grave, went into an old Catholic Church, as well as some other things.

    The Coloma field trip was very fun and entertaining and enjoyable, and I think this as a result of all the things we did at Coloma. An example of this appears when we saw what Sutter’s Mill would’ve most likely looked a lot like, and the original site of Sutter’s Mill. I think this is at least a little bit enjoyable since Sutter’s Mill is gone, and we can never see what Sutter’s Mill actually looked like. As a result of this, seeing what Sutter’s Mill would’ve looked like, or in other words, a replica, is quite big. Seeing the original site of Sutter’s Mill is also very big. This is big as a result of all me needing to know at that point to see what Sutter’s Mill originally looked like, is to imagine the replica of Sutter’s Mill at the original site of Sutter’s Mill.

    Another example of things that were enjoyable at Coloma was seeing the Monroes’ and James Marshall’s grave. This is a bit enjoyable since after reading The Adventures of Pearley Monroe and knowing that James Marshall partially started the California Gold Rush, their graves are sort of like landmarks to me now. On top of that, James Marshall’s grave is a landmark, by reason of James Marshall’s grave being a monument. Since I had to walk to get to James Marshall’s grave and it was very hot on the hike to the grave, as a result of the monument being so big, the monument gave shade, which was appreciated.

    On the topic of the Monroes, another thing I found enjoyable at Coloma was seeing and being in Pearley Monroe’s house. I found this enjoyable since we just read The Adventures of Pearley Monroe, and so being in the main character’s house is a big thing for me. On top of that, since Pearley Monroe only was alive a long time ago, Pearley Monroe’s house was very old, and contained artifacts from the 1800’s and 1900’s. Another result of reading The Adventures of Pearley Monroe was me recognizing a lot of pictures and photos of the Monroe family that were inside of Pearley Monroe’s house. Recognizing something makes me feel better about myself, which was why I liked recognizing photos in Pearley Monroe’s house.

    In Coloma, another enjoyable thing to do is go into an old Catholic Church. I thought this was enjoyable since this was our first stop on our hike to James Marshall’s grave, and during the hike, it was very hot, whereas inside the church, it was much cooler. The seats inside the church were also very comfortable have being made in the 1800’s, and I like comfort. The church was also very decorative and fancy, and I like decorative things since it adds a sort of satisfaction to something, and without decorations, things look plain. Weddings can apparently still be held in the church, which in my opinion, is just very generous of the people of Coloma. Another thing that was very generous of the people of Coloma was that the seats had footrests. Footrests add to the comfort, making me like the church more.

    One of the final and most enjoyable things in Coloma was gold panning in the American River. It could’ve gone better if my socks and boots didnt get soaked, but other than that, it all went pretty well. I liked gold panning as a result of simple satisfaction I got while and after gold panning. The satisfaction occurs when someone finds what looks like a gold flake, and they get a wave of satisfactory before testing if the gold flake floats and finding out the gold flake was pyrite.

    The field trip to Coloma was very enjoyable, as we did many fun things there. Gold panning, seeing the original site of Sutter’s Fort, seeing Pearley Monroe’s house and grave, and going into an old Catholic Church made the field trip to Coloma wonderful.

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    1. Great coverage of the field trip, Jeremiah! Not only did you tell us what you did, but you also did well to tell us what you thought about it all. The temperature inside that church sure was a welcome relief after climbing that hill! Do you think you would have liked to be a gold panner?

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    2. LOVE the effort Jeremiah, how many paragraphs did you do?

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    3. Count them to see how many paragraphs there are!

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    4. 7 PARAGRAPHS?!?!?! OMG you're amazing

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    5. 7 paragrafs!!!!!! Thats amazeing.

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    6. Awsome! It is breath taking!

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  8. nice! your blog leaves nothing for me too question.

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  9. I agree with Oz. Well written, Jeremiah!

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    1. you did lots of details and your blog is very interesting :)

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  10. I liked the Coloma field trip. I liked the Coloma field trip because we got to see the Coloma Cemetery. I liked this part because it was entertaining to see where the miners were from. It was entertaining to see where the miners were from because I know people from all over the world went to the California Gold Rush, and I wanted to see where the different people came from. There were people from Germany, Japan, Coloma, China, and more. I also liked that I got to see a gravestone of a warrior in the Mexican-American, and I’ve been studying the Mexican-American War. I liked this because I’ve been studying the Mexican-American War, and it was amazing to see a gravestone of someone who risked their life for my country. I also liked that I got to see the gravestone of the Monroe-Gooch Family because it had some people I’ve been reading a book about. I like that it has some people I read a book about because I know who those people are. If I never read the book about them I wouldn't know who they are. It also had Nancy Ross Gooch who was an amazing person because she bought back her son, Andrew, from slave owners. She also was a slave, but she still had a farm. The Monroe-Gooch gravestone also had someone that lived to be 102 which is really old even for now, but it was really old for then. I also liked it because the design. I liked it because the design on it looked like marble. I think marble looks really cool. The Coloma field trip was fun and excellent!

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    1. Nice job of explaining what you liked in the cemetery, Josh! I agree with your thought on the Mexican-American War veteran. I think it is so incredible to see someone from that war right in the local cemetery; it brings the event to life for me. I also agree about seeing the Monroe-Gooch plots. That is powerful to me.

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    2. Thanks for showing Japan. Good job on describing the warrior in the Mexican-American war.:)

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  11. On October 29th, 2019, our class went to Coloma, and it was a lot of fun. We gold-panned, hiked to James Marshall’s grave, looked at Sutter’s Mill, ate lunch, visited Pearley Monroe’s house, and looked at gold rush tools.

    I liked gold panning a lot although I didn’t find any gold. The Outside Museum sounded cool, but we could not go in. The building had no power. Seeing James Marshall’s grave was cool, knowing that a person who drew 1000’s of people from all over the world was right beneath us was neat. And the hike to it was good exercise. When we went to Pearley Monroe’s house, I was hoping to see more artifacts from his life. That house seems very small compared to a house today, there were so many eighteen-hundreds things that looked like they were useful back then. I pictured Sutter’s Mill to be a lot smaller than it actually is, it must have taken a really long time to build. It looked like the miners had good tools for that time period. We also visited a graveyard that had Pearley’s grave, along with most of his other family members.

    It was a great experience, and I had fun, and it was totally worth getting home late. When I held the gold coin that the park ranger passed around to everyone, it felt extremely heavy for its size; that was my favorite part. Coloma has a lot to see yet it is a small area. And it is great for understanding California history.

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    1. Well structured, Matthew! I like the points you made in your conclusion a lot. I agree that there is a lot to see in such as small area. I bet there's even more that we didn't see! Just think if that ranger could have gotten that lock open at James Marshall's cabin!

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    2. Awesome job Matthew!!!

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    3. Like the way you put Pearley and his family in your blog.:}

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  12. I think the Coloma field trip was exceptional, except for a few parts. If I were to rate this field trip, I would give it a very high rating, if not a five star.
    My favorite part about Coloma was the gold panning. Even though walking around the shores of the great American River hurt my feet, I barely noticed that while panning for gold. It was an opportunity to catch a glimpse of life in the California gold rush.
    My second favorite part about this field trip was when we were walking up and down the hill that housed James Marshall’s memorial. This was one of the factors of me enjoying the monument.I got to learn a bit more about the life of the man who found the gold that started a gold rush. Besides, I got to learn why James Marshall stopped getting his pension: because he was drunk!
    The other parts, such as going into Pearley Monroe’s home, or going to the cemetery was great, but not good enough to hit my top three rankings on my favorite things at Coloma.
    My class and I had just read, “ The Adventures of Pearley Monroe,” and this visitation to a home built in 1925 tied right back to that book like a boomerang. Besides, I got to see how furniture was back then.
    Going to the cemetery, I saw the graves of countless people from places like Japan, Italy, and Germany. This was a bit creepy, but otherwise would’ve made it into the top three, tied with the discussion with a park ranger.
    During the discussion with the park ranger he talked about some interesting things about the site of the models of machines used to find gold, and a bit about finding gold. I also got to hold a heavier-than-normal gold coin in the palm of my hand, and that was one of the key factors of this making it this far into the rankings.
    My class and I had done many other things other than the things on the list, but the gold panning, James Marshall’s monument, visiting Pearley Monroe’s handmade home, visiting the cemetery where tens, probably hundreds of people were buried, and most of all, the talk with the park ranger.
    This field trip was very educational, fun, and was like a trip back in time to the 1800s.

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    1. I like the phrasing you used about the Monroe House tying back to the book like a boomerang! Very creative, Ryan. You have touched on many parts of the trip, and you've given good ideas. There were hundreds of people at the cemetery-400-500 in fact!

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    2. I like how detailed your blog is Ryan! Great job!

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    3. I agree with Malia!

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  13. We saw and did many things in Coloma. Some of the activities that we did were gold panning, hiking, seeing Sutter’s Mill, seeing Pearley Monroe’s house, and seeing the gravestones of the Monroe family . Everything was very interesting and intriguing. It was fun learning what things were like back in the Gold Rush era. I thought the trip was awesome!




    One of the many things we did in Coloma was gold panning in the American River. It was so fun, but I didn’t find any gold. The water was so cold! My hands and feet felt like they were going to fall off! Well, now I know how the gold miners felt. Panning for gold was hard. It is also a very slow process. I think people would spend hours panning for gold only because they wanted the gold. I wouldn't want to be a miner because I would get tired of mining every single day!


    We also hiked up a 1.5 mile hill. It was a long walk! The worst part was that we had to walk up hill for half of it. I don’t like walking up hill because it gets really tiring! Along the way we saw many historical things like old clothes, an old kitchen stove, and some old dolls. They were so amazing!! They were cool because they were so old, and I like old artifacts. The old things made me feel like I was in the 1800 ́s.


    Another activity on our Coloma trip was seeing Sutter’s Mill. It was interesting to see the mill, which caused James Marshall to find gold. The mill was bigger and taller than I thought it was going to be. The best part of the entire mill was the wheel. It was gigantic! The wheel’s purpose was to bring water through the mill to power it. It must have taken them a long time to build that massive mill!




    Another thing we saw in Coloma was Pearley Monroe’s house. I thought that it was really interesting because it had things in it that looked really old! I like looking at old things because they tell a lot about the person they belonged to. I liked seeing the stove because the stoves back in the1800’s were shaped differently than today’s stoves. It was fun to be in the house of a character in a book that we read in class. I liked it because it showed what his life after the book was like.



    We also saw the place where the Monroe - Gooch family was buried. I liked seeing where Miss Nancy, Pearley, Grant, and Cordelia were buried because we read a book about them. It was also kind of sad seeing their graves because it made me remember that the characters in the book eventually died because they were real people. I was surprised that Pearley Monroe had many more relatives than I thought!! Seeing the graves in person made me feel emotionally close to the family.


    Coloma was fun, interesting, and educational. I loved almost every part of it. I also enjoyed being with my friends. Overall, I loved our field trip to Coloma.


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    1. Outstanding job, Malia! Your thoughts about every topic are excellent. I like your comments about the Monroes. I agree about learning how Pearley's life after the book is reflected in that house. I also agree with your ideas about being at the Monroe-Gooch plot in the cemetery. I always find that to be a powerful piece of this trip. I am glad you appreciated it, too.

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    2. 7 paragraphs!!!!! Awesome job, Malia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  14. The Coloma field trip was fun and generally amazing for multiple reasons. I loved the field trip because we got to hike up a mountain and see the James Marshall memorial, and we got to learn a lot about him.I liked this part because it was really fun to learn about the guy who started something that changed the world. I also liked when we were on the hike we stopped at James Marshall’s cabin and look inside his window and saw how he lived. This part was really interesting because the cabin was pretty plain compared to modern cabins.I liked how we got to go inside the church and learn about how people got married. I also loved gold panning because it was really fun to try and get gold in a river, and we learned a lot about how miners gold panned. I also loved gold panning because we got to do what miners did and a lot of people don’t have that option. It was also really fun to go inside Pearley’s Monroe’s house that he built himself because it showed how people in the 1920’s lived and what they used to build their houses. I also liked Pearley’s house because the house had a bunch of cool artifacts that you would usually not find them in modern houses. I loved to learn about the sawmill because it showed what materials people used in the 1880’s. I also liked the sawmill because miners were really smart and I liked how creative it was. I also enjoyed how we got to see where the Sierra Nevada house once stood and how it burned down twice and I liked this part because it was really absurd that it burned down again when they built the Sierra Nevada house a second time.


    The Colama was a great field trip in many different categories. I got to see many exciting things and got to do a lot of fun things too like gold panning in the American River.

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    1. Well done, Henry. I like the realization you have made that James Marshall started something that changed the world! It was by accident, and I'm not sure he was happy it happened in the end, but on that January day in 1848, he certainly did make a discovery that led to a change in the world. That's powerful, and I'm glad you saw that!

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  15. The field trip in Coloma was awesome without a doubt. It had all the needs to provide the best field trip. Plus it had an actual sawmill that looked somewhat authentic.
    At the site where James Marshall found gold was probably my favorite part besides panning for gold. It was the second best part because of the fact that I actually got to see the place, not to mention a historical site, where the California gold rush started. The best section of the field trip was when the whole class got to go gold panning. It was the best part of the field trip because I actually found gold, but the sad thing was that it was in quartz and I didn’t know how to get the gold out of the quartz. The only reason I didn’t pick the scavenger hunt as my favorite part was because the Chinese buildings were closed and I like to see different culture styled buildings because they are unique in their own way.
    The field trip in Coloma is the best field trip yet that I have been to, by far. It provided all the needs to entertain children and their parents. It even provided a place to eat meals.

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    1. It is frustrating that we couldn't get inside those buildings. Still, it was a good day. I also appreciate getting to see the exact spot of the discovery that started the California Gold Rush. I'm glad that you appreciate that, Jake!

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  16. The part in the Coloma trip that I didn’t like was when my class went panning in the river. When panning for gold I panned in an uncomfortable position. It was uncomfortable because I stayed hunched over the river on two large rocks. I had one knee hovering over a rock and my foot on the other rock. This position hurt my knee and panning like this wasn’t fun.

    Another part that I didn't like was when I was panning cold melted snow flooded my boots. This was unpleasant because in the fall in Coloma was already cold. Just to top it off, cold melted snow flooding my boots! This truly wasn’t very nice.

    The most important thing you need to inorder to gold pan is patience. You need patience to find the gold. I didn’t have patience and I wanted to find the gold and get rich. I had no thought on patience so, I rushed through everything to get it done.

    Lastly, panning takes a desire to pann and you need to be willing to endure hardships and, a little of luck.

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  17. I fully agree with your conclusion, Isabella-it does take some luck to find gold, and it's true that hardships have to be endured. From you blog, it doesn't sound like the life of a gold miner is for you!

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  18. Two days before Halloween, me and my class went on an amazing field trip. I really liked it and my favorite part was when we saw James Marshall’s cabin and his grave.

    I like that we got to stand near the place where someone who was a part of starting a worldwide event was buried. I could barely imagine having a grave so huge, nor even wanting one like that. I liked going up the hill while seeing graves that have people from other countries and how long they lived.

    It was pretty cool to see the things while we went up the hill, and I guess it stood out to me, making it my favorite part of the trip. The hiking was nice, and it felt good walking up the hill too.

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    1. Maybe I should've made it a little longer, but it's done now. :/

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    2. I liked walking up that hill, too, Ian. It was a great day for a hike. I agree with you about the awe that is felt being at the gravesite of the man who made the discovery that started the California Gold Rush. He does have a huge grave!

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  19. The Coloma field trip was awesome. The original mill site was very cool. I was seeing where the California gold rush started in person. I also liked hearing about the Native Americans and mill. It helped me picture the original mill running while James Marshall stood there and the Native Americans moving away. It was amazing how big the mill was.


    The outside exhibits and discussion of gold were neat. The miners had very heavy looking equipment. I would not want to be working with the equipment. The coin made of gold was very heavy for its size. It makes me wonder how much a lump of gold the size of an elephant would weigh. Mercury is cool too. Its a liquid metal that can kill you. It is sad thinking about the effect the miners dumping mercury into the river had on the animals.


    It was cool when we saw James Marshall’s cabin because that is what houses looked like before The Gold Rush. It looked very different from our houses today. The church was cool. I liked the statue in the corner. It was neat for the tools the artists used. There were lots of people from Ireland in the church cemetery.James Marshall’s life was very interesting to hear about. I would not like to be in his shoes though.


    The Pearley Monroe House was an example of historic houses made after The Gold Rush. I enjoyed seeing the house of a character we read about. Nancy Gooch was a real hero. She bought back her baby from it’s owner. It was very cool to be standing in her house.


    The gold panning was awesome. It was fun to pan for gold but required lots of patience. I can’t imagine doing that for 10 hours a day. The water was freezing cold. There were a lot of pretty rocks and minerals on the ground.


    I liked seeing the Pioneer Cemetery because there were a lot of people and states mentioned on the headstone. I could see which countries were involved in The Gold Rush the most. It was also amazing seeing the Monroe Gooch plot and comparing their names to the names in The Adventures Of Pearley Monroe. We were standing on Nancy Gooch a real heroes.


    Over all the Coloma field trip was astonishing. Some parts were awe-inspiring. Most parts were impressive but this was a great field trip and I am happy that I went on it.

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    1. You have a lot of topics covered here, Jaren! I like the historic importance of the Monroe-Gooch family in Coloma, and I'm glad that you saw that, too.

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  20. Our 4th grade RL class had a field trip to Coloma. It was a fun time. We first looked at Sutter’s Mill. I won’t say too much about it. Our class walked around the 1800s structure. It was very well built, and the technology that was used was really impressive. The mill looked like it was built with 20th century technology! Marshall must have been a very intelligent person.


    The next thing I liked was hiking up the hill where James W. Marshall was buried. Before we hiked,we ate lunch. I’ll spare you any details. On the way up, we passed by Marshall’s house. We saw his outhouse. We visited a cemetery and hiked on. When we got to the top, we looked at Marshall’s monument that he was buried under. We then hiked back down. The hike was very fun. The hike was even a good exercise! I even liked this exercise. I thought the view from the top of the hill was marvelous. Even on the way up, I saw houses, two dogs, and the ground laiden with leaves. This hike was a 3 and a half star walk.


    Of course I must mention the Monroe-Gooch house that Pearley Monroe himself lived in. It gave me a historical chill up my spine, in a good way, of course, because I was standing in none other than Pearley’s house. It was an amazing sight. I could not believe my very own eyes. Were the eyes of mine tricking me? But no-they weren’t. A table was all laiden with pictures of the Monroe-Gooch family in the house, and there were even a few irons, spinning wheels, and brooms inside. I was so excited when I went in the Monroe house. I really loved the house of the Monroes. It was an honor to be inside of the house.


    Of course, a part that almost everyone likes from this trip was the gold panning. It was a fun experience because I always hoped I would get a bit of gold while panning. I liked watching my classmates eagerly pan for gold. It, for me, was funny to watch this. This was also my first time ever panning for gold, and I learned how to pan that day. It looked like my classmates around me were also having fun. I was one of the people that didn’t step in the water, and I can only imagine how cold their feet were. I did feel the river with my hands though, of course. It was definitely cold, that was obvious. Gold panning for sure was a 4.99999 star experience.

    Of course that leaves only one thing left-the Pioneer Cemetery. I’m not saying looking at where dead people are buried is a laugh, of course. It was merely an important experience. We, our class, saw many dead people from all kinds of different countries around the Earth like Japan, Venezuela, and many others. We saw people from soldiers, to farmers, to businessmen, to gold seekers. But what caught our eyes were the Monroe-Gooch family. They were all buried together. They were very historical characters and had a rough past. We had just finished a book in class about what the life of the Monroes was like. Who wouldn’t want to stand over where the whole Monroe family was buried? I really appreciated getting to see a famous cemetery. It was an important trip to that cemetery. The whole Coloma trip was a 5 star experience.

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    1. Lots of events covered here, Aiden. So, what did you think of them all? I'm glad you enjoyed the trip; there is a lot to do in Coloma and so much to experience in such an historical place.

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    2. 5 paragraphs, 5 stars

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  21. The field trip in Coloma was not that great. It didn’t have as much hands-on stuff as I would've liked. It also didn’t even have a water fountain.
    It was kind of hard walking through a dead man’s house trying to act all nice and everything, while knowing that 6 black widows lived in the house, and that a guy that was famous also did. I didn’t like the fact that a sawmill couldn't have been preserved, and that they had to rebuild it a couple times, when they could have just blocked off the sides that were about to get crushed by water. I also didn’t like the fact that we had to walk like 2 miles just to get to where James Marshall was buried. I mean they could’ve at least made the water where we were panning a little warmer because it was frostbite cold. But then again I found gold, like seriously, it's worth a LOT of moolah.
    So I guess it was a good field trip other than all that bad stuff. From everything that happened at Sonoma, I think it was a good field trip. Other than the fact that I have a ton of complaints swirling around in my mind, it was a great field trip.

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    1. I like your blog above better, Jake! If you didn't like this, you will really dislike the camping trip in Aptos! It will have a bunch more hiking in it. Also, did you understand the historical significance of the place? It changed the world for a while.

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  22. I thought the Coloma field trip was very exciting, as we did many things. We gold panned, saw Pearly Monroe’s house, saw a Catholic church and we did numberless epic things.

    Our Coloma field trip was amazing, cool and enjoyable. There were some really incredible things I saw like Sutter’s Mill. Sutter’s Mill was not there at the site anymore, but they rebuilt it and our class got to see it. I think that is incredible. What made this so amazing to me is that we get to stand where James Marshall stood, and we got to see the mill he built that started the California Gold Rush and to me that's pretty outstanding. The part of Sutter’s Mill that appeals to me is that it was just so ancient and old and we got to see it in person. It was also stunning because we got to basically experience the life of a gold miner in Coloma by gold panning. The part I liked about that time was it was a very money-plentiful and if someone is rich, life is good. I think it was worth sitting on a rock and panning for ten hours because if a person found gold that person would get rich. I didn’t find any gold , but I found unbelievable rocks.
    I learned many things about the California Gold Rush. It was the biggest migration ever, things were WAY too overpriced and there was such a thing as hydraulic mining. Hydraulic mining is where miners pump fast running water into a tube, the tube gets skinnier and skinnier until it goes out as really high pressured water. The high pressure water erodes the hill and the gold comes out with the sediments. Next teams of miners use long toms and rockers to get the gold out of the run-off.

    I hope that I get to go back to Coloma and look at those things again because they were again very shocking and incredible.

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    1. What the heck. GGGGGGRRRRRREEEEEAAAATTTTT job on your blog. Love how you included Sutter's Mill. Like how you described how OVERPRICED stuff was in the Gold Rush.

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    2. You touched on many topics, Grant, and you did a good job of explaining your ideas about those topics. Given all that you found out, would you have wanted to be a miner in the California Gold Rush?

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  23. On October 29, 2019, my class went on a field trip to Coloma. We did so many amazing things while we were there. We had so much fun!

    One of my favorite things we did was gold panning. One of my friends got two tiny specks of gold! Although I did not get any gold, I got some pretty rocks and plenty of quartz. The water was so pretty. It shone in the sun.

    Another one of my favorite things we did was when we hiked up to James Marshall`s grave. The grave was so huge! Way high up, there was a statue of a man. Mr. Lamarr said that the people who built the grave tried to make the statue point to where the gold was. Of course, they did not make the statue point exactly to where the gold was, but I`m pretty sure the statue was pointing around the gold, though. The statue was supposed to represent James Marshall, since it was his grave. The thing that the statue was standing on said “ Marshall “ on it. The grave was so high up that I could see the town of Coloma!

    I also really liked when my class went to the Coloma cemetery. I saw some really sad gravestones there, like a baby who died at the age of two. I also saw a man who served in the army. My favorite gravestone was the Monroe family`s gravestone. A lot of the names from The Adventures of Pearley Monroe were on it, and my class knows most of those people from reading the book! It was cool how we got to see gravestones of people from around the world! My class even got to take a picture next to the Monroe family grave!

    I liked many things about the Coloma field trip, and I think it was really fun! In my opinion, the field trip to Coloma was an amazing experience.

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    1. I also liked seeing the cemetery, Autumn. It was fun to see from where the people came for the gold rush. Standing at the Monroe-Gooch grave was powerful after reading about them. I'm glad that you enjoyed the gold panning. It was the perfect day for it!

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  24. The trip to Coloma was very insightful. I got to go inside Pearley Monroe’s house! To see all of his possessions, preserved, was deeply insightful. I just learned so much about Pearley Monroe out of a book and then saw his actual residence.

    In Pearley’s house I recognized something from the book, The Adventures of Pearley Monroe, which was really neat. I saw a picture of the Monroe family which was the same picture from the book. Seeing all of his personal items that he actually used, like his bed, stove, trunk, and dishes, made me feel like I was learning more about the real Pearley Monroe than out of a book.

    A park ranger gave us a talk on gold which was really interesting. I didn’t know that people still used mercury to extract gold from an alloy, even though mercury is obviously dangerous. Back in the Gold Rush, miners had no idea they were killing themselves while they used mercury to get gold out of quartz in a quartz mine.

    Gold panning was fascinating. Miners actually used that same technique to get gold, except it was much easier to yield good results back then. Nowadays, a lot of the gold has been found, therefore it is harder to get. Some people in my class even found flakes, which would make me want to keep going.

    The field trip to Coloma was a very interesting experience. I got to go in Pearley Monroe’s house which was very special. The gold panning was tedious, but for miners it was a great way to get gold. Learning about gold was fascinating. I didn’t know most of the information he told us. I can see myself going there again in the future.

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  25. Good structure and very easy to follow thoughts, Ozzy! I liked being in Pearley's house, too. I was so glad we had the opportunity to visit his house that day. It's crazy that mercury can still be used to extract gold these days!

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  26. Zariah
    At the Coloma trip my favorite site was the cemetery. Most think of that as a regular cemetery, but I think of it as a time machine. I think the cemetery as a big family reunion. People came all over the WORLD to go to Coloma.. They did it Just to find themselves some gold.


    There were two cemeteries. Both cemeteries were on a hill, overlooking the historical land. Only one has Pearley Monroe’s family. There were a lot of people from europe, considering gold panning back then was free. For other cultures they had to pay their grubstake they earned, just to keep mining. Like I said, the cemetery was like a time machine. There were so many dates. There were so many places people came from. Yet there all in the same place, united like we should. Dates going back two centuries, and children in those centuries that didn’t live long. I noticed something though. My life is almost parallel to Pearley’s. I’ve encountered a large beast. We have a lot of chickens. The thing that defines this similarity most is, the fact of my great grandparents. My grandfather took part in World War 2, and he still lived on till I was five. My other side of the family had to travel from Indonesia to California.. My grandma didn’t know the language, or the culture of America. Kids would do nasty things to her. Now she's fine. There's a funny thing about her, she sew’s like Miss Nancy. When I looked down, I knew Pearley was a strong man. The gravestone was a very good stone. It tells me that this whole family was worth to look and say “man, wish I could be like that.” Since I said I’m basically parallel to Pearley, maybe I can be strong. Maybe I can known.


    In conclusion, after thinking and spilling out information, to me the cemeteries of Coloma were special to me. Even though graves were physically silent, they aren’t mentally. I can imagine what people looked like before they died. They were smiling. They went to Heaven, were most of them belong, and I’m happy for them.

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    1. Nice to parallel yourself with Pearley. Cemeteries can be historically interesting, if one knows what to look for. Good observation that they are like a timeline, Zariah.

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  27. During the field trip to Coloma, I enjoyed many things. This field trip was appealing because it was fun playing with friends and being able to witness what occurred back in the 1800’s.

    I liked that we got to do what the miners did back in 1849. This was cool because I had a fun time searching for gold. Even though I couldn’t find gold it was still fun getting to find other minerals. My friend got lucky and found some small flakes of gold, but I wasn’t as lucky. I found lots of Pyrite , fool’s gold, floating in the water and I found lots of quartz. quartz is one of my favorite minerals because it is either white,shiny, and clear. I find these attributes pretty. I enjoyed panning for gold.
    I also enjoyed going to the James Marshall monument. I thought it was amazing that we got to see where James Marshall was buried. I realized that James Marshall played a very important role in the history of discovering gold. I liked how people made his grave really big because he deserves it. People have realized that James Marshall was really important to the discovery of gold, so they made his grave more valuable and made it as a monument of people to see today. All the people that made the gold rush occur are now well known in history.
    The field trip to Coloma really opened my sight of how people lived back in the 1800’s. I thought living in the old days was fun, but it turns out that life back in the 1800’s wasn’t as easy as it is today.












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    1. That monument is impressive for James Marshall, for sure, Cassidy. I was there so many times and didn't realized that he was buried under there. It's a nice tribute to someone who changed California, for sure!

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  28. I enjoyed my field trip to Coloma a lot. I loved when we got to see the Monroe-Gooch family’s grave and all those other graves in the Pioneer Cemetery. It was exciting when some of my classmates found tiny flakes of gold in the river, even though they were only like, a cent each.
    Over all, I’d give this field trip a 97 out of 100. It was awesome to see where Pearley and Andrew Monroe buried James Marshall. It was amazing to stand where characters from our first literature book of the year were standing, because I loved that book. I’d give that a 100 out of 100. I was thrilled to see the Monroes’ grave because that’s where the characters from the book that almost made me cry, The Adventures of Pearley Monroe, are buried. I’d give that a 100 out of 100. We also went into the house that Pearley built in 1925. It was cool, but I could go without the mustiness. I’d give it a 90 out of 100. We gold panned, too. The water was cold, but I liked it. I’d give it a 95 out of 100. I also liked the mill. It was exciting to see where SUTTER’S MILL actually was. I’d give it a 100 out of 100.
    I really, really, REALLY liked Coloma. It was SUPER cool!!!!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the trip, Tate. Coloma has a lot to offer, and I am glad that you appreciated the different aspects of the trip.

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    2. your blog is so detailed Rachel! I like it! :)

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    3. Sorry, I was looking at the wrong blog when I put the name. Great job Tate!

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  29. The whole field trip at Coloma was amazing. Some parts were better than others, but I had one favorite part of the field trip it was gold panning. Even though gold panning had its down flaws it was still the best part.

    My favorite part about the gold panning was the challenge of looking for gold. The anticipation of not knowing if I was going to find some gold nuggets or flakes was exciting to me. It excited me because if you found a pound of gold it was worth $1500 (not to scale). If I found a large enough nugget I could become rich.

    The gold panning has its down flaws too. One of the down flaws was that only three out of twenty-seven (1/9 of the class) students found gold (flakes). The second flaw was that my feet were freezing. I couldn’t image being out there for 6-8 hours a day. The third flaw was that you might not even get any gold after a long days work.

    I walked away with not a single piece of gold, but I have the experience of panning for gold. I enjoyed the entire field trip. I rate this field trip a 10 out of 10. Every single part had its down flaws, but I think everything was special in its own way.

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    1. Good ideas about the gold panning experience, Rachel! I agree with your idea of not necessarily wanting to be out there for all those hours and maybe not even find one piece of gold. Still, it would be nice working in that environment all day!

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  30. We saw and did things at our Coloma field trip. Some things were gold panning, seeing the original place of Sutter’s mill, we visited cemeteries, and I enjoyed this field trip because I like history and there were many historical places and objects.

    One of the many things we did was gold panning in the American River. The water was cold, and my hands were freezing after we left. I didn’t find any gold flakes, but at least I found some really pretty rocks. I also now know how hard it was to find gold past 1950’s once all the gold was gone. I rate this 4.99, not 5 because the water was freezing.


    Another thing we saw at Coloma was the house that Pearley Monroe built and lived in. Inside was awesome, and at the same time, I thought it was weird because there were lots of things that looked like irons. I thought the house was fascinating because there were many historical and not very modern as in back in the 1800’s. I rate this 4.5 out of 5.

    Another thing we saw was the place where James Marshall was buried. It was cool because he was pointing to where he found the piece of gold. Don't get me wrong, but there is no way the people made the statue pointing at the exact spot he found the gold. The eyes looked creepy to me because the way it was sculpted and how there were dots that looked like pupils, so it seemed like they put real eyes in the statue.
    I rate this a 4 out of 5 because I didn't like the 1.5 to 2 mile hike.

    We also saw the original place of Sutter’s Mill. We saw another mill that wasn’t in the original spot, but it showed us what it would have looked like. It was built right next to the water so the river could flow right through the mill. I wonder how much wood it took to build Sutter’s Fort the mill cut one by one wood piece. I rate this part 2 out of 5 because we didn’t really do anything.


    My favorite part about the field trip was when we went to the cemetery. In the cemetery we found some young and old. The youngest person we found was only one month and day old. The cemetery was my favorite part because I learned the most there, for example, we found some one who fought in the Mexican-American war. Then we saw the plot of the Monroe-Gooch family. Some family members weren’t mentioned in the book The Adventures of Pearley Monroe. Of course i rate this a 5 out of 5.


    Over all, the trip was fun visiting the place where Pearley Monroe lived for many years. I enjoyed visiting the gravestone of James Marshall, house of Pearley Monroe, the cemetery, Sutter’s Mill, and the gold panning. I also had a fun time playing a game with my friends. The whole trip i rate 10 out of 5.

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    1. Great job Kaitlyn. I like that you connected Pearley Monroe and the Mexican-american war in your blog.

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    2. Sorry that was me Kaitlyn.

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    3. I like how you rated the trip! Great job Kaitlyn!

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  31. You have a lot of ideas on many topics, Kaitlyn. I like that you commented on so many parts of the trip. I lie the Pearley Monroe connection to the trip, too, but I also enjoy the historical parts. I'm glad you commented on both those pieces.

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  32. “Coloma Trip”

    My class went to Coloma. The place where the California gold rush started. The things we did there were hike up to the Marshall Monument, go gold panning, visit two graves, see sutter’s mill, and do a scavenger hunt to learn about gold mining.

    My class and I did many things in Coloma. One of my favorite things was the hike to the Marshall Monument. The first cool thing we did on the hike was see James Marshall’s cabin. I took a few pictures. It was cool because we saw his outhouse. The next cool thing we did was get to see the Marshall Monument. It was amazing because I learned a lot, from my teacher, on the top of that hill. I liked the hike to the Marshall Monument.

    I liked doing the many things my class and I did. The thing I took the most pictures of was the two graveyards. The locations on the headstones were amazing. There were so many different places that people came from to get to the gold rush. That might be my favorite thing we did!

    My class and I did fun things on the Coloma field trip. Probably the best thing we did was gold pan in the American River. It might be the best because I found sparkly pieces in the sediments next to the river. I spent 3 pieces of tap trying to gather those sparkly pieces.

    On the way back from gold panning, I saw animal tracks in the cement . I was looking in my animal tracks book when I walked into a rock. I hurt my shin. Then later I had trouble climbing into the backseat of the car, then trouble climbing out again. This was kind of funny to me, but definitely not my favorite part.

    Another thing I did in Coloma was see Sutter’s Mill. This was a good part of the trip. My teacher taught me a lot about the history of the mill. This part of the trip was cool.

    Our class did a fun scavenger hunt. I learned about the mining gold there. We did not get to do half of it because the power was out. The hunt was still fun though. Instead of finishing the scavenger hunt, a man talked about gold. He also let us hold a real gold coin. This was the best.

    My class and I did many fun things in Coloma. Most of them were fun and interesting. I liked going on the Coloma field trip. I will never forget our class trip to Coloma.

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    1. Good job of covering many different topics on the trip, Lauren! You have touched on some of the parts I like, too, like the monument, the gold panning and the cemeteries. It is incredible to see all the different places represented in the California Gold Rush. A cemetery can tell a good story, if one knows how to read it.

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    2. I like your conclusion Lauren!

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    3. I like your thinking Lauren

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  33. My favorite parts of Coloma was lunch and Sutter's Mill. This is because I really like eating and I got root beer to drink. Also the food I got was good.
    It was cool that I stood on the actual location of the mill. Standing where gold was found and started the biggest migration ever is cool. I learned a lot about the mill in Coloma.

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  34. Coloma Field Trip

    My favorite part about our field trip was the house Pearley Monroe built-in 1925. My first reason is that it seemed like no one has touched it in decades. Second, it was exciting to be inside the house that Pearly Monroe built after we just finished the book.

    Another one of my favorite parts were the two bigger graveyards. First, it was amazing to see how many people really did come to the gold rush. Second, it was amazing to see all the different countries on the headstones. Also, we saw James Marshall’s monument. Finally, the Monroe family plaque, and the awesome stone masonry.

    These are my two most favorite parts of the Coloma field trip. This was an amazing field trip.

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