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Students complete pre reading, writing, and post reading activities for the book California Gold Rush. In this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
Scholars read articles and have a class discussion on California's efforts to fight obesity. They will read and discuss the effects of sugar on the body and the soda tax that is being proposed in California.
In this online interactive geography quiz activity, students respond to 58 identification questions about the counties of California. Students have 5 minutes to complete the quiz.
Pupils complete pre reading, writing, and post reading activities for the book California. In this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
Students identify facts about the structure of the California recall election. They research the history of recall elections throughout the United States. They analyze the positives and negatives of a governor recall election.
Students compare contemporary cultural differences with historical differences based on population percentage. In this cross-curriculum Gold Rush/math lesson plan, students analyze aspects of California's Gold Rush population and diversity compared to today's data. Students discuss intolerance of immigrants.
Using a variety of online resources, learners study life and society in California during the gold rush. They use a map to identify area where gold was located, explore pre-selected websites, describe mining practices, and create an advertisement to the transcontinental railroad. All these activities culminate in a portfolio and an interesting essay.
Students investigate the laws of using land.  In this California Government lesson, students examine the many uses of land in California and find an environmental issue they care about.  Students write a letter to a politician based on their issue.
The United States is a large country with many different climates. Graph and analyze temperature and rainfall data for Sacramento and Washington DC as you teach your class about the characteristics of Mediterranean climates. Discuss the factors contributing to California's unique weather, identifying other regions around the world with similar conditions. Find and analyze data from other parts of the world to extend the lesson and teach about other climates.
Fourth graders explain how California became an agricultural and industrial power. They trace the transformation of the California economy in its political and cultural development since the 1850's.
Students examine the impact of the California Gold Rush. In this U.S. history lesson, students use several included documents to examine the causes and effects of the Gold Rush. Students are broken up into groups and choose one topic to focus on. Students then present their factual information to the class.
Fourth graders explore geography of four distinct regions of California: mountains, coast, central valley, and desert. They locate California on map, identify state's boundaries and borders, and explore agriculture, a major economic feature of California.
Fourth graders explore the California Gold Rush. In this Gold Rush instructional activity, 4th graders investigate the reasons behind the settlement rush to California. Students research various wagon trails settlers traveled, daily life during the Gold Rush, and panning for gold.
Students create a project poster displaying photos, drawings, and journal writings that incorporate the major themes of California's missions, and use perspective and point of view both visually and in writing.
Students explore agriculture by researching the native food crops of California. Students define a list of agriculture vocabulary terms and analyze maps of California which explain which foods come from which area. Students write a report about their California agriculture observations.
Students find Amelia somewhere in California. For this geography lesson plan, students learn about the regions of the state where different crops grow and see how they are produced with the help of many families like Amelia’s
Students design a plan for a housing development in their city. In this house development lesson plan, students observe pictures of land use, research lawmaking, and develop a plan for an environmentally friendly housing development in California.
Fourth graders complete a variety of activities as they study the Spanish colonization of California, including the relationships among missionaries and Indians and their interactions with soldiers and people in the pueblos and ranchos.
Students discover the people who lived in California before and after the gold rush. They use primary source documents to identify how the finding of gold changed the area. They also discover the discrimation that was present during the time period.
Pupils examine the impact California Gold Rush on families. For this California history lesson, students analyze images, letters, and documents from the era to determine how the families were changed by the Gold Rush. Several handouts and activities accompany this lesson.