A Day in the Life of a San Francisco Native Animal

Before Google, before Sillicon Valley, before the Gold Rush, the San Francisco landscape was a biome filled with grizzly bears, mule deer, tule elk, coyotes, gray fox, gophers, and moles. To explore the early days of yesteryear, kids assume the voice of a California native animal and create a "Day in the Life" journal for their creature.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members create a large mural depicting the San Francisco biome and place an image of their animal on the mural
  • Laminate the animal cards to allow repeated use
Classroom Considerations

  • For learners unfamiliar with the San Francisco Bay area, additional images and a map of the biome would be aid understanding
Pros

  • Illustrated animal cards that contain information about each creature and a journal entry with prompts are provided
Cons

  • The lesson would require a map and additional images of the biome for those unfamiliar with the San Francisco Bay area
Common Core