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46 resources with the keyterm california history

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Splendide Californie French Artists’ Impressionsof the Golden State, 1786-1900

For Teachers 6th - 8th
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...
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Read All About It! California History of the 30s and 40s

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
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...
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Dust Bowl Exodus: How Drought and the Depression Took Their Toll

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine the migration of refugees. For this California history lesson, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding the details of how the Dust Bowl and Great Depression led to a California population...
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Who Wants to be a Millionaire? American History

For Teachers 5th - 8th
What if your class could earn 1 Million dollars, just because they knew their American History? They can when they play this Millionaire style review game. They'll answer questions, phone their friends, and work their way through 15...
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Women Strike It Rich

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this Gold Rush activity, students read a text about how women in the California Gold Rush could earn lots of money by cooking and running boarding houses. Students answer 3 essay questions about the text.
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Anza's Historical Journals

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners review the journal of Juan Bautista de Anza. They reflect on his first exploratory expedition into present-day California.
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Eureka!

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore U.S. history by writing diary entries. In this California gold rush lesson, 4th graders discuss the importance of the gold rush as part of the "manifest destiny" movement. Students participate in a role play...
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Westward Expansion

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students explore the idea of "manifest destiny" by viewing a slide-show. In this U.S. geography activity, students identify the reasons men and women traveled to the west coast during the early 1800s. Students view a PowerPoint...
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Boom Town/Gold Rush

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students discover the history of California by researching the Gold Rush.  In this economics history lesson, students participate in a class discussion about the book Boom Town, and the value of gold in California.  Students participate...
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California- Gold Fever

For Students 4th - 5th
In this Gold Rush instructional activity, students read a one page article with pictures and maps pertaining to the Gold Rush in California in 1949. Students then answer 4 essay questions.
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Traveling to the Gold Rush

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders research the experiences the people who traveled to California during the Gold Rush by land and sea. They create a map showing the various routes that individuals took to get to California. Students explain the...
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San Francisco Earthquake

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students explore California history by researching one of its greatest disasters. In this San Francisco earthquake lesson, students identify the impact of natural disasters on humanity and society. Students view images of the great San...
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"All We Want Is an Equal Chance, an Open Field, and a Fair Fight"

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students investigate the California Gold Rush. In this California history lesson, students analyze images, letters, and documents from the era to discover information about the events and social conditions spurred by the Gold Rush....
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The Chinese Experience at Angel Island

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students read and analyze a poem written by an unknown Chinese immigrant on the wall of the Angel Island Immigration Station in California during the 1800s. They complete a worksheet, conduct research on the Angel Island Immigration...
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Exploring California

For Teachers 4th
While incomplete, this lesson could be used as a starting point for an exploration of the geographic features of California. Learners describe the four regions of California and discuss population and economic development. Then, they use...
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My Diary of My Gold Mining Days

For Students 8th - 11th
For this California history worksheet, students read excerpts from a gold miner's diary and then respond to 12 short answer questions.
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"An Apron Full of Gold:" California Gold Rush

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Learners 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...
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Coming to California

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders read excerpts from the diary of Juan Bautista de Anza as an investigation of California history. In this California history lesson, 5th graders read fictional diary entries and discuss the questions. Students read Anza's...
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Westward Expansion: Links to the Past

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students investigate the impact of Manifest Destiny. In this California history lesson, students conduct research on the settlement of the state between 1849 and 1900. Students use their findings to create scripts that link primary...
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Foreign Miners

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Students examine the discovery of gold in California and its impact on its people. In this California mining history lesson, students read letters from Dame Shirley and discuss the Foreign Miners' Tax law. Students write an editorial...
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The Founding of Los Angeles, California

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders examine the social and cultural impact of settler groups in California and the origins of the founding of Los Angeles, California. They read and discuss an informational handout, and discuss what it is and was like to...
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Early Explorers

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders examine how the early explorers from Spain and England competed in their search for riches and new lands. They read and discuss text from their book, participate in a debate, and create a poster.
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Houghton Mifflin Social Studies/ Chapter 5, Lesson 3: The Rush for Gold (pp. 121-124)

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore why people from around the world went to California looking for gold. Several activities are included in the instructional activity to reinforce this inquiry challenge.
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Houghton Mifflin Social Studies/ Chapter 5, Lesson 2: Mexico Defeated (pp. 116-120)

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders study how the United States declared war on Mexico and succeeded in gaining control of California. Several activities are included in the lesson. The lesson outline is included as a link.