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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.
3rd - 5th Science 29 Views 14 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Gold Rush California and its Diverse Population
Students compare contemporary cultural differences with historical differences based on population percentage. For this cross-curriculum Gold Rush/math lesson, students analyze aspects of California's Gold Rush population and diversity compared to today's data.
5th - 12th Math 19 Views 85 Downloads
California's Golden History: 1848-1880
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.
11th Social Studies & History 5 Views 16 Downloads
Connecting Informational Text with Litearature: Building Background Knowledge About Mexican Immigration, California, and the Great Depression
Help your class transition as the setting in the novel Esperanza Rising, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, moves from Mexico to California. Beginning with prior knowledge, and moving into jigsaw research groups, class members add to and create posters and lists of information about California, immigration, and the Great Depression.
5th - 7th Language Arts 131 Views 210 Downloads CCSS: Designed
New Review Everyday Life - Exploring the California Missions
Young scholars relive history as they examine primary sources that document everyday life in the California missions. During a class viewing of the included slideshow presentation, children analyze documents, paintings, and drawings in order to learn about the Franciscans and Native Americans that lived and worked at the missions in California.
4th - 5th Social Studies & History 4 Views 2 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Believe it or not, this is a 76-page series of lesson plans published by the California Commission on Agriculture which is designed to teach upper-elementary learners about agricultural practices and products in the state. There are two sections, one for grades 3-4, and one for grades 5-6.
3rd - 6th Science 55 Views 264 Downloads
Splendide Californie French Artists’ Impressionsof the Golden State, 1786-1900
There is a lot to learn from art. This teacher's guide provides you with extensive background information, activities, and a scripted commentary to accompany a slide show on French artists in California during the Gold Rush Period. The slide show is not provided but image information is, along with an activity to be completed for each image show.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 9 Downloads
Beyond the Gold Rush
Students analyze and compare the lyrics of two songs that reflect the personal experiences of miners during and after the Gold Rush. They compare the expectations of miners as they arrived in California with the realities of life in the diggings.
4th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 23 Views 90 Downloads
Here is another in the interesting series of lessons that use the special State Quarters as a learning tool. This one uses the California State Quarter. During this lesson, pupils learn the many ways they can conserve natural resources such as: water, trees, and even electricity and money.
K - 1st Science 3 Views 14 Downloads
Read All About It! California History of the 30s and 40s
Explore the Great Depression! Discover the challenges people experienced during the time period. Learners investigate photographs from the Dust Bowl and WWII era and create a story line about the photographs, writing a newspaper article based on their observations.
3rd - 8th Social Studies & History 16 Views 132 Downloads
Climate Change Impacts
Getting kids thinking about climate change now, will hopefully push them into action when they become adults. Young environmentalists discuss the evidence and causes of climate change seen in the state of California. They brainstorm ways people can change or reduce the effects of climate change through environmental action.
3rd - 5th Science 28 Views 31 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Colorful Fish Adaptations
I love lessons that incorporate the arts, they're so engaging and address a more diverse set of learners. Your class will investigate the reasons fish from the coal reef have adapted such colorful fins. They design a fish that uses color to either signal something or as camouflage, then they take a trip to the California Academy of Sciences to see real coral fish in action.
3rd - 5th Science 52 Views 81 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Report on Research: New Study Finds High Rates of Fast Food and Soda Consumption Among California Teens
Prior to writing a research paper, it is important to learn how to read and analyze informational texts. This activity includes a brief report, including data, on California teens' diets. Several readers' and writers' response questions facilitate critical thought and reflection on the report.
8th - 10th Health 14 Views 167 Downloads
The California Recall Election
High schoolers 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.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 8 Views 7 Downloads
Land Use and Lawmaking in California
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.
2nd - 5th Social Studies & History 3 Views 14 Downloads
California Gold Rush
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.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 25 Views 65 Downloads
Fourth graders use what they already have gathered on California missions to create a database. Using the different missions, they brainstorm, organize and categorize what they have gathered. They present their material to the class and must be ready to defend their choice.
4th Social Studies & History 3 Views 12 Downloads
The Big Winner
Eighth graders examine the economics of the California Gold Rush Era using factual and fictional biographies. Working in groups, a biographical sketch is analyzed in order to determine if their individual became rich or not, how or what prevented them, and how scarcity impacted the choices made by their individual.
8th Social Studies & History 6 Views 35 Downloads
Google Earth Geology Field Trip
Students take a virtual field trip around California using Google Earth. In this geology field trip lesson, students explore landforms and a variety of rocks located in California. Students compare environments where rocks are formed. Lesson can be adapted for a variety of developmental levels.
2nd - 7th Social Studies & History 44 Views 85 Downloads