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California Mission Lessons

For Teachers 4th Standards
The California missions were established by the Franciscans with the hope of converting Native Americans to Catholicism. The three lessons in this collection present fourth graders with primary source documents, paintings, and drawings...
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The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Lessons

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Designed for teachers, a 15-lesson collection curated by the Smithsonian, examines how wars have impacted American society. Each resource includes a lesson plan, background information, a materials list, maps, images, and worksheets. An...
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The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Printable Exhibition

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War is a collection of 13 resources from a printable exhibition curated by the Smithsonian Museum of American History.  Each resource begins with a summary and a table of contents. The resources...
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The Lone Woman and San Nicholas Island

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Explore the fascinating archaeology of San Nicholas Island in the Channel Islands of the California coast. You'll find a video on the story of the "Lone Woman", activities for learners to imagine what it would have been like to be alone...
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Conflicting Voices of the Mexican War

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Americans wanted to fulfill Manifest Destiny, and this pattern continued with the Mexican War. The resource specifically teaches about the Mexican War through a variety of exercises including a research project, group work, brainstorming...
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Cumulative Review: Chapters 11-15

For Students 7th - 8th
If you've just covered a lot of territory in your social studies class and need a great cumulative review, look no further. Here is a hand out that includes 71 questions on 10 pages all related to slavery, the Civil War, Westward...
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Gold Rush California and its Diverse Population

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students compare contemporary cultural differences with historical differences based on population percentage. In this cross-curriculum Gold Rush/math lesson, students analyze aspects of California's Gold Rush population and diversity...
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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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California's Golden History: 1848-1880

For Teachers 11th
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...
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All Aboard!

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students, in groups, create a display showing a "train trip" to a destination of their choice from a teacher-made list. They also answer a series of questions related to their trip. Groups present their displays.
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Moving to the Poems of Angel Island

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
New ReviewA poem carved on Angel Island's walls is the guiding text of a lesson plan that challenges scholars to put movement into a written piece of art. After warm up-activities, learners play a game of "Pass the Clap" and "Pass the Line," in...
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Where Is Angel Island? An Introductory Geography Lesson

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
New ReviewPrepare young historians for a study of Angel Island Immigration Station with a instructional activity examining primary and secondary source materials, maps, and websites. Using what they have learned, individuals create a map of Angel...
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Evaluating Historical Sources on Juana Briones

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Most have never heard of Juana Briones, the incredible woman who came to own property and divorce her husband in 1850s California. Yet, her relatively unknown life reflects the historical dynamics of the American West, particularly those...
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California Missions and Native Americans

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What was the true impact on Native American tribes when immigrants began to seize land in Western areas, such as California? Using images created by these migrants, as well as written descriptions, class members consider the various...
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Native Californians and the Portola Expedition

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What was California like before the Spanish came? Class members discover the answer to the question using images of Native Americans and diaries of the early Spanish explorers. Scaffolded activities allow instructors to adapt the...
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Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo

For Students 4th - 12th
An interesting video uses photos and interviews to explain how American settlers coming to Californiafor the gold rush treated Californios and Mexicans. The resources focuses on one Californio, Mariano Vallejo, and his struggle to...
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Impact of the California Missions on Native Americans

For Teachers 4th Standards
While the Spanish claimed to bring civilization to California indigenous peoples, in reality, they also brought violence and forced assimilation to European values. Primary sources, such as the reports of Catholic priests and Europeans...
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Perfect Postcards: California

For Teachers 4th Standards
It's time to hear about some adventures in travel! The Transcontinental Railroad changed life and travel in the United States during the 1800s. Practicing online research skills, pupils discover the features they would like to visit on...
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Apolinaria Lorenzana and the California Missions

For Students 4th - 12th
The California missions transformed California. A short video discusses the missions, their purpose, how they eventually lost their power, and what happened to Native Americans when the missions closed. 
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On This Day: California Gold Rush

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Upon hearing of the gold discovery at Sutter's Mill in California in the 1840s, a flood of migrants went West in search of wealth and fame. Others, such as Chinese workers, came from farther away. Using video clips from historians and...
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Extranjeros and Expansion

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
A three-part lesson gives light to the Unites States expansion from the view of Texans, New Mexicans, and Californians. Through videos and written activities, scholars work collaboratively to research specific individuals and their...
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Carlos Vaquerano

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
An 11-minute video shines a spotlight on Carlos Vaquerano, an El Salvadorian who made his way to the United States of America at the age of 15 to escape the dangers that took over his country. Interviews detail how and why Vaquerano left...
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The Farm Worker Movement

For Students 4th - 12th
An impactful video details the work of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta in creating the United Farmworkers. In the 1960s farm workers of California stood together to better their working conditions. Making their way to Sacramento,...
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LA Walkouts

For Students 4th - 12th
An informative video takes you to East Los Angeles In the 1960s. Educator, Sal Castro identified a common problem among the Latino population and as a native Angelino, he decided to do something about it. Castro planned a walkout across...
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Deportations

For Students 4th - 12th
A video details the life of the Castañeda family starting in Los Angelas in the 1920s. Daughter, Emilia, tells her story of how her family was deported during the Great Depression and her struggles to return the United States of America. 
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Missing Nouns

For Students 3rd - 4th Standards
Scholars use nouns from a word bank to complete sentences in a fill-in-the-blank activity that tells a tale about the California Gold Rush. 
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Mexican War

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
Did you know that without the Mexican War, the United States would not include the states of Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, Utah, and even parts of Colorado? Scholars learn a variety of interesting facts about the...
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First Contact

For Students 4th - 12th Standards
America began well before Jamestown, well before Plymouth Rock. An informative video introduces the 1542 Spanish expedition that explored the Channel Islands off the coast of southern California. The voyage started with the attempt to...
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The World Rushed In

For Teachers 5th Standards
Pupils discover the multicultural nature of California during the Gold Rush through extensive primary source analysis, examining firsthand accounts of multicultural tensions and discussing the concept of California as a bilingual state...
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4th Grade California Relief Map Project

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Bring life to your next California geography lesson with this great project! Learners design a three-dimensional wall relief map of California, painting and decorating regions using a variety of materials and labeling major geographical...
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Further Exploration - Exploring the California Missions

For Teachers 4th Standards
How did Native Californians and Franciscans influence one another in early California? Learners analyze a few cultural pieces to examine the impact that integration had on Franciscan and Native Californian culture.
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Gold Ore and Smelters

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Young historians travel back through time as they explore Colorado's gold rush in this social studies instructional activity. After reading a first hand account of a woman's experience in a smelting facility, students complete the...
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The Call of the Wild: Culture and History

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Jack London's novel The Call of the Wild is set during the Yukon Gold Rush and describes the harsh environment of the Klondike. Ask your class to describe the Klondike and consider the motivation needed to take a journey like the one so...
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California State Assemblyman

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Paul Fong, an Assembly member of District 22, talks about his busy days. Fong shares his education prior to obtaining his position, as well as what he loves most about his job. He also offers great advice for future members of the...
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Up From the Street: Tommy Guerrero

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Art is a versatile forum for building speaking skills. Learners are introduced to contemporary skate culture. They develop visual, writing, listening, and speaking skills through looking at, creating and talking about artwork. A great...
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Jeopardy: Westward Expansion

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Let's play Jeopardy! Review key information about the Westward Expansion. The class will play to review 25 items such as, The Gold Rush, Plains Indians, and The Battle of Little Big Horn. Tip: Invite a neighbouring class to join in for...
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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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Introduce Vocabulary: Ruby's Wish (Bridges)

For Teachers K - 3rd
Jump into traditional Chinese culture with budding readers as they examine vocabulary in context through Shirin Yim Bridge's book Ruby's Wish. This book is read on YouTube if you don't have it on hand. Scholars are briefly introduced to...
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Google Earth Geology Field Trip

For Teachers 2nd - 7th
Students take a virtual field trip around California using Google Earth. For this geology field trip lesson, students explore landforms and a variety of rocks located in California.  Students compare environments where rocks are formed....
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From Yosemite to Joshua Tree

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders discover diversity of plant and animal life in California's parks and compare findings to identify what makes park areas unique. Students then publish their discoveries in picture books of their own design.
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The Times and Life During the California Gold Rush

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders read about the era in their history books, write in their journals revolving around the Gold Rush, making crafts such as newspapers, and also play the part of the Forty-niners.
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The Big Winner

For Teachers 8th
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...
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Guided Reading: Island of the Blue Dolphins

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Discuss Island of the Blue Dolphins in this guided reading lesson. Young learners read the historical novel by Scott O'Dell independently, and discuss plot points and characterization with their classmates throughout the book. After they...
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Friar Margil & The Spanish Missions

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Students explore the life of Friar Margil de Jesus as well as other Spanish friars. They research Friar Margil and write a paragraph explaining why Spanish friars came to Texas. In groups, students create a PowerPoint presentation...
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An Untold Triumph

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Middle schoolers examine and analyze the history and experience of Filipinos in Hawaii and California. They identify the contributions of Filipino Americans to the US war effort in World War II, and analyze the many causes that led to...
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You Can Depend On me

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Discover the natural beauty of California. With a conservation bent, this activity delves into some of the attributes that make this state unique. Learners discuss Yosemite and the forest habitat. They focus on the things plants and...
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Manifest Destiny

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Complete with maps, photographs, and historical documents, this presentation would be a great resource throughout a unit about mid-19th century America. Manifest Destiny, Texas Independence, the Oregon Trail, and the Mexican War are all...
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The Rise of Railroads: California

For Teachers 4th Standards
Railways are an integral part of the history of California. Using a timeline format, class members connect major historical events to the rise of the railroads and their impact on the state. Activities include a mix of independent and...
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Recycled Water: A Smart Way to Reuse Water

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Learn about wastewater and recycled water with a science reading activity. After learners finish a two-page passage about conserving the water supply, they answer six comprehension questions about what they have read.
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What is Groundwater? Our Underground Water Supply

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Learn about the consequences of groundwater with a lesson about the different ways California handles water conservation and pollution. After reading a passage about the water table, learners apply what they have read to six...
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What is Drought? No Rain, No Water

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
How can climate change affect our water supply? Have kids read a passage about the water cycle and water conservation, which includes six questions that challenge them to use context clues.
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Panning for Gold

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students study the history of the American Gold Rush and its effects on prospector's lives, indigenous peoples, western expansion, and the U.S. and Candian economy. They image life as a hopeful prospector during the Gold Rush. Students...
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California Map

For Students 2nd - 5th
For this California blank outline map worksheet, students examine the political boundaries of the state and then mark the state capital, other cities, and other state attractions on the map.
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Mystery State #26

For Students 4th - 6th
In this mystery state worksheet, learners answer five clues to identify the state in question. They then locate that state on a map.
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California Missions

For Teachers 4th
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...
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Skyscrapers from New York to California

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders use an online database to gather information on skyscrapers. Using the information, they choose one building and record its height and location. In groups, they design a city skyline including the skyscraper they choose....
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Many Cultures

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders study about several aspects of human culture, specifically those in California. They examine California's agriculture, industry, and economic changes; and cultural changes since 1850.
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Foreign Miners

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students examine primary source documents from miners who went to California in the search of gold. They compare and contrast the letters they read and discuss what types of discrimination still exists today.
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California Fights Sugar

For Teachers 4th - 8th
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.
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European Exploration and Colonization

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders research the lives of European explorers and the events which led to the age of exploration. They examine the efforts of Juan Bautista de Anza to explore and colonize California and prepare a class presentation with their...
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Anza's Historical Journals

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

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars 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...
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Graphing the Population Explosion of Weeds

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students are introduced to the seed cycle and draw the specific steps. In groups, they identify the human barriers to the spreading of weeds. After calculating the rate of spreading of the Yellowstar Thistle, they create graphs to see a...
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Native American Tribes

For Teachers 4th
Have your class learn about Native American tribes in California. They identify five regions where Native Americans lived, discuss the daily life of these people, and conduct research on a particular tribe. Afterward, they create a...
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State Symbols: California (ESL Lesson)

For Teachers 3rd - 9th
Take a trip to the Golden State with this informative ESL presentation about California. Slides detail the state bird, state flower, and state tree with pictures and explanations. Some of the information is dated, such as Arnold...
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Political Differences 2

For Teachers 6th - 8th
A single slide provides students with a graphic organizer to fill out about political differences. Categories include state representation, The House, Missouri, and California. Tip: Save this PowerPoint to use as a template for more...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Gold Rush

For Teachers 4th
Eureka! Discover gold in this ELD history lesson, which provides both instruction and a number of activities. Teachers first engage the class in a "call and response" activity about people who came to California during the Gold Rush, and...
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The Brief American Pageant: Renewing the Sectional Struggle

For Teachers 9th - 11th
A panorama of the mid-19th century in America, this series of images present several issues that were prevalent before the Civil War. Territorial and social conflicts were heated during this time, and one map in particular shows a...
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A Timely Occupation

For Students 5th - 8th
In this Gold Rush worksheet, learners fill out a chart for the job or business, the products or services provided, what we have today, and the services it provides. Students complete this for 14 jobs during the Gold Rush.
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San Francisco Earthquake

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Learners 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. Learners view images of the great San...
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California Gold Rush

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore the California Gold Rush. In this Gold Rush lesson, 4th graders investigate the reasons behind the settlement rush to California. Students research various wagon trails settlers traveled, daily life during the Gold...
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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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Baker's Gold

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars examine art of the California Gold Rush. In this visual arts instructional activity, students analyze the photography and art of Isaac Wallace Baker. Young scholars also conduct further research about the miners of the era...
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Klondike Fever

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students consider the geographical aspects of the gold rush. In this gold lesson plan, students research just what gold is and where it has been found. Students create maps that highlight the regions of the world where gold has been...
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Where's the Gold Mountain?

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders examine the California Gold Rush. In this historical perspectives lesson plan, 6th graders analyze primary sources available from the Library of Congress that feature the gold rush and implications of gold mining...
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Getting There- Do You Want To Go To California?

For Teachers 5th - 6th
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...
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The Adventure Begins: "Boys I Believe I have Found a Gold Mine"

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore the California Gold Rush.  In this U.S. history Gold Rush lesson, students view and analyze a number of authentic documents that originated during the California Gold Rush.  Students identify images that reflect the Gold...
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You Can Die Here – Death Valley California

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students use Google Maps to explore the rain shadow desert. In this climate lesson, students use the Internet, Google Maps, and directed inquiry worksheets to understand how rain shadow deserts form. Students apply climate concepts to...
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Would You Go?

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students explore what it would be like to travel to Mars.  In this science exploration instructional activity, students read about Mars and discuss their findings, including discussion about personally taking a trip to Mars and the...
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The Gold Rush Experience: Create Your Own Exhibit

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students create a virtual exhibit. For this gold rush lesson, students watch a movie about the California gold rush, view a virtual image of the gold nugget that started the gold rush and examine the sources. Students research and...
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Teaching with Objects The Gold Nugget

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders complete activities related to the California gold rush. In this gold rush lesson, 4th graders go to an Internet website video that discusses the gold rush. They complete discuss miner's experiences, sing a gold rush song,...
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Movement and Migration: the Gold Nugget that launched the Gold Rush

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Learners learn what it was like to be a gold miner. In this California gold rush lesson, students watch a movie about the California gold rush and discuss what they learned. Learners use the Internet to examine the gold nugget that...
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Land Use and Lawmaking in California

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners 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...
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Heading West

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Young scholars study the concept of the westward expansion. In this exploration of the western U.S. lesson, students participate in different activities that explain economic hardships, jobs, and land opportunities. Young scholars...
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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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Where in California is Amelia?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students find Amelia somewhere in California. In 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
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Sea Otters--Funny Mammals of the Sea

For Students 4th - 5th
In this sea otters worksheet, students read a 2 page article on sea otters, define 12 vocabulary words from the article and answer 7 comprehension questions in complete sentences.
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Gold Found in California

For Students 4th - 5th
In this historical reading comprehension learning exercise, students read a factual account of the Gold Rush. Students answer 14 questions about the passage.
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Geography Journey

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders examine the geographic features that define places and regions and answer questions about the state of California. They discuss the components of a map legend and answer worksheet questions using a map of California as a...
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How Do We Explore Strange Environments?

For Teachers K - 4th
Students identify and label the different parts of a robot, rover, or a spacecraft. They discuss and record all of the features their robot will need to accomplish its mission and be able to explain why they chose these features to...
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Las Misiones de California

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders work in partners to complete a series of activities. After reading the introduction, Students select a role of either a "Padre" or "Indigena." As partners, they need time on the computer for research as well as time to...
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It's (Not) Just a Bug: Simulating Invasive Insect Predation on a Plant Population

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students reflect on challenges that face farmers in cultivating crops, including insects. They then simulate how crops are affected by native and non-native insect populations and the options farmers have to protect their crops. Finally,...
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California Geography

For Teachers 4th
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...
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Exploring California's Regions

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students participate in small groups to create a California's Region map. They research and identify the climate, geographic features, and one or two special features of their assigned region.
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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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Oh, California: Lesson at a Glance "The Thirty-first State"

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students read Houghton Mifflin's "Oh, California", chapter 6, lesson 2: "The Thirty-First State." After discussion, students write a short speech in favor of letting American Indians vote. Then they make a picture map showing the...
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The California Recall Election

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners 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.
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A Legacy of War -- The Gold Rush and the Foreign Miner's Tax

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the results of the Mexican War from both countries. They analyze the impact of a war for the losing side. They also compare the politics of the time of the Mexican war with those of today.
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Your Mission: The Last Mission

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders develop a research report to determine the best location for the final California mission. They conduct Internet research, create charts and diagrams, and develop a presentation.
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Rancho San Pedro

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students perform 15 different activities in order to investigate what life on a rancho in California was like in the 1800's.
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How is Gold Found in the Ground?

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders participate in a series of activities designed to simulate mining for gold. They pan for "gold" and create a safe tunnel.
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Teaching the Chinese Immigrant's Story - Angel Island (1910-1940)

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students pretend to be Chinese and European immigrants, and U.S. citizens, as they explore immigration in California in the first half of the 20th Century.
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THE GAM SAAN ADVENTURE ARE YOU WILLING TO RISK IT?

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders study the lasting influence of the Pony Express, Overland Mail Service, Western Union, and the building of the transcontinental railroad, including the contributions of Chinese workers to its construction. They explore the...
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Regional Landforms and Native People

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders study the Native American tribes of Maidu and Miwok by studying Internet artifacts, culture, language, music, storytelling, architecture, food, clothing, crafts and geology.
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Striking It Rich!

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore the California Gold Rush. They explore the lure of gold and the Wild West, how pioneers traveled to the West, and the hardships and people they encountered along the way. Activities be authentic, hands-on, and...
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Census and Gold Rush Town

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students analyze data and form a mental picture of the make up of a gold rush town. They explain social life in a gold rush town. They use online sources to see paintings of camp life and read accounts of miners' lives.
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Skagway: Gateway to the Klondike

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students explore the impact of the Klondike Gold Rush on the development of Skagway, Alaska. Lesson can be used in units on western expansion, late 19th and early 20th-century commerce, and urban history.
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California Statehood

For Students 4th - 5th
In this statehood activity worksheet, students draw a picture relating to the statehood of California and write information about the state.
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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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Eureka! You've Struck

For Teachers 4th
While incomplete, this lesson could provide ideas for a lesson on the California gold rush. Learners look at a chart to analyze population growth in San Francisco after the discovery of gold, analyze political changes that occurred, and...
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Chapter 12: American History

For Teachers 8th - 9th
Short and to the point, these slides cover some basic points about life in 19th centrury America. Topics such as Texas Independence, the California Gold Rush, and the Oregon Territory are briefly mentioned, and some of the facts are hard...
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The Klondike Gold Rush

For Students 5th - 6th
For this gold rush math worksheet, students first read a one page text about the history of the Klondike gold rush then answer 10 math word problems using the information in the text. This is related to the book The Call of the Wild.
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Baltimoreans in the California Gold Rush

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders explore the reasons for migration to California during the Gold Rush.  In this American History lesson, 11th graders read letters about the opportunities and obstacles people faced.  Students create a map of migration...
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My Diary of My Gold Mining Days

For Students 8th - 11th
In this California history learning exercise, students read excerpts from a gold miner's diary and then respond to 12 short answer questions.
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Gold Rush Quiz

For Students 4th - 8th
In this Gold Rush worksheet, students answer multiple choice questions about the Gold Rush. Students answer 20 questions total.
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Gold Rush Quiz

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students take a quiz about the Gold Rush that happened in California. In this Gold Rush lesson plan, students complete 8 multiple choice questions.
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Destination Mars

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students study Mars and what it would take to man a mission there.  In this solar system lesson students view a video and complete an art activity in groups. 
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Developing Academic Literacy Through Non-Fiction Reading: Cause and Effect

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders discover strategies to see the real meaning of a non-fiction piece. In this social studies/reading lesson students complete an outline as they read a text. Students transfer this information into a cause and effect chart...
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Apollo 16

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students examine Apollo 16 and its significance.  In this Apollo 16 lesson students work in groups, answer questions and complete a worksheet. 
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The State of California-The Golden State

For Teachers 1st
First graders research the state of California. In this social studies lesson, 1st graders read a story about California and sing the state song. Students create a classroom flag using Kispiration.
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California

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students 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.
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California Gold Rush

For Teachers 4th - 5th
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,...
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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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A Convention shall meet and frame a state constitution...."

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders study the California Constitution.  In this American History lesson, 12th graders analyze primary and secondary sources.  Students read and comprehend sections of a novel. 
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Faulting and Folding

For Students 5th - Higher Ed
In this film worksheet, students complete sentences with information from the movie Faulting and Folding. Students follow along with their worksheet as they watch the movie.
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"An Apron Full of Gold:" California Gold Rush

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine the impact California Gold Rush on families. In 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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Gold Rush Abolitionists: How different was the role of Spanish-speaking blacks under Mexican rule from the role of English-speaking blacks under U.S. rule?

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students determine how Spanish-speaking blacks and English speaking blacks were treated differently. In this emancipation lesson, students compare the Mexican and American rules regarding slavery.     
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Exploring Natural Hazards and Disasters in California

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Students create presentations, write, look at maps, and more while studying natural hazards and disasters in California. In this California lesson plan, students research earthquakes, floods, fires, and more.
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Days of '49

For Teachers 4th - 10th
Students write, discuss, design letters, and more for exploring life of gold mining in California. In this gold mining lesson plan, students describe daily lives and technologies of the time.
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Space Exploration Missions

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore and discuss the various space exploration missions.  In this space mission lesson students work in pairs and create a PowerPoint presentation on the contributions of space exploration missions. 
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The Gold Rush: Hiking Historical Trails

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Learners visit gold fields. In this Canadian history lesson, students research the Gold Rush of Harrison Lake and then take a trip to the mines and hike the area. Learners pan for gold, read Gold Rush literature, and participate in other...
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Investigating Falling Particles

For Teachers Pre-K - 6th
Young scholars investigate the characteristics of a clay ball.  In this particles lesson students examine what happens to a ball of clay when it is dropped from different heights. 
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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 lesson, students identify the reasons men and women traveled to the west coast during the early 1800s. Students view a PowerPoint slide-show...
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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 plan, students participate in a class discussion about the book Boom Town, and the value of gold in California.  Students...
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Traveling/Mapping

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers examine routes to gold. In this California gold rush lesson plan, students map land and water routes to California. Middle schoolers use maps to copy the routes that they want to market to gold diggers.
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The Gold Rush

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders practice researching the Gold Rush. In this research lesson, 4th graders take the Gold Rush and break it into smaller topics they can research. They fill in a graphic organizer to organize their topic and subtopic.
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Ethnic Family Life

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders examine the impact of the gold rush on different cultures.  In this American History lesson, 11th graders examine the reasons for ethnic diversity in the west. 
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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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Daily Lives of the Native Americans at the California Missions

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders analyze the lives of Native and non-native Americans living in California missions. For this California history lesson, 5th graders take a pretest on the daily lives of people living at the California missions. Students...
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Marsquest

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students play a role as a travel guide to Mars, they are broken up into groups or different roles.  For this exploratory lesson students play a role in helping travelers to Mars and create some kind of presentation, for example a...
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Chinese Immigration in the Mid-19th Century

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this Chinese immigration lesson, students research the Chinese immigration between 1850 and 1882.
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Grade 6 Reading and Writing Assessment

For Students 5th - 6th
In this grade 6 reading and writing worksheet, students complete an assessment. Students read the poems and essays about the Gold Rush and complete the essay questions on the lines provided.
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Metaphorical Gold: Mining the Gold Rush for Stories

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students complete a history and research lesson about the Gold Rush using selections from Jack London. In this Gold rush research lesson, students research the Klondike/Alaska Gold Rush and use details from the history in their own...
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Dust Bowl Exodus: How Drought and the Depression Took Their Toll

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners examine the migration of refugees. In 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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What Do You Know About California?

For Students 4th - 6th
In this online interactive California activity, students respond to 10 multiple choice questions that require them to exhibit what they know about the state. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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California's Geomorphic Provinces

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students create a three dimensional labeled model of California's geomorphic provinces. In this geomorphism instructional activity, students read an article about the geomorphic provinces of California. They use a map to create a 3-D...
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California Missions Project-Using Publisher

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students create a California Missions magazine that includes a Table of Contents, pictures, and websites. In this culture and history lesson, students research missions and write and create a magazine article about it.
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Foreign Miners

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Students examine the discovery of gold in California and its impact on its people. For 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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California Outline Map

For Students 3rd - 8th
In this California outline map worksheet, students examine political boundaries of the state and the placement its capital city as well as its major cities. This map is not labeled.
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California word jumble

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this California activity, students unscramble words that have to do with things in California. Students unscramble a total of 20 words.
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California Acrostic Poem

For Students 2nd - 5th
In this online interactive language arts learning exercise, students write an acrostic poem regarding California using the letters CALIFORNIA. This learning exercise may also be printed for use in classrooms.
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California Cities Word Jumble

For Students 3rd - 5th
For this California worksheet, students unscramble the letters in ten words to spell the names of cities in the state of California. There is a word bank provided.
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The Gold Rush

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Young scholars identify the routes involved in the Gold Rush on a map. For this map skills lesson, students use a United States map to locate the routes used to travel to California during the Gold Rush. Young scholars demonstrate how to...
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History Detectives

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders investigate the significant events in America's history. Students listen to a variety of books based on significant historical events in America. Students divide into 6 groups, each of which is responsible for researching...
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California- Gold Fever

For Students 4th - 5th
In this Gold Rush worksheet, 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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Travel Time! (California)

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this California travel worksheet, students analyze two maps of the state with key tourist sites and state parks. Students plan a two week trip to California and write what they would like to see.
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Gold Rush

For Students 6th - 8th
In this gold rush worksheet, middle schoolers utilize a word bank of 10 terms or phrases to answer 10 fill in the blank questions about the nation during the time period. A short answer question is included as well.
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California: Crossword Puzzle

For Students 5th - 8th
In this United States history learning exercise, students use the 14 clues in order to fill in the crossword puzzle with the appropriate answers pertaining to California.
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The Moon

For Students 6th - 8th
In this space science worksheet, students complete each of the statements with the correct word or phrase about the moon. Then they identify four ways that scientists believe the moon was formed, selecting one and writing a paragraph...
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California

For Students 4th - 8th
For this California worksheet, students identify, locate and discuss forty-eight towns and cities found in California and circle each one in a word search puzzle.
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A Symbol of NASA

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
In this NASA worksheet, students explore the shapes that make up the NASA logo. They color the sphere, stars, wing shape, and oval specified colors. Finally, students design their own logo for NASA.
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Desinging and Using a Dichotomous Key

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students are examine the purpose of dichotomous keys. In groups, they design their own in order to describe the characteristics of plants and weeds native to California. To end the lesson, they define new terminology associated with the...
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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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A Tangled Predicament

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students participate in a rope activity to develop team work and communication skills. With one hand on the rope, they determine methods of untying knots in the rope. While blindfolded, students maneuver the rope into different shapes....
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California's Mission/Rancho Era

For Teachers 4th
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.
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California Missions

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore the Spanish influence upon California missions. Using the internet and other resource tools, they research a particular mission and write about its schedule, events, and beliefs. In groups, 4th graders create board...
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American Journeys: California

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders work through a series of lessons to study the state of California. They participate in a geography journey lesson, poetry lesson, a research lesson, and examine the rise of railroads in California. For each lesson, they...
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Gold Rush -- Lesson 4

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers continue their examination of the Gold Rush in California. In groups, they use a map to examine the original sites of the towns and what happened to them. They work together to create a brochure for one of the towns...
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The Gold Rush: An Introduction

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders study the Gold Rush in relation to "To Build a Fire." They research a website and view a Power Point presentation on the Alaskan Gold Rush. They write notes on a graphic organizer and write a sentence supporting their...
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The Invasion of the Medfly

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students examine the invasion of the fruit fly in California. In groups, they observe and record the fruit fly's lifecycle and how they affect humans in society. They also discuss the history and geography of the fly and the different...
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"Go West, Young Man!"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine reasons why people migrated west. They describe how the geography of the U.S. changed in the 19 th century and design a PowerPoint presentation to convey factors for westward expansion.
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What Would You Work Hard For?

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore the concept of value and natural resources. They discuss value, abundance and scarcity. Students discuss things they would be willing to work hard for. They view the land and sea routes for the California gold rush.
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John Muir in California

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders listen to key events in John Muir's life and plot locations on a California map. They discover that John Muir was an immigrant to California who encountered environmental problems and found solutions.
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Famous People of the Gold Rush

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders research a famous person from the Gold Rush era. Using the Internet, they take notes from creditable websites and write their rough drafts of their paper. They use peer editing to check for spelling and grammar errors. ...
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The Cost Of Finding Gold

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Young scholars research the Gold Rush that began in California. Students correlate purchasing goods and the prices being asked for them. Young scholars read and analyze the story "Covered Wagons, Bumpy Trails" by Verla Kay.
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The Age of Exploration

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Young scholars trace the routes of early explorers. Using this information, they describe the explorations in terms of the characteristics of the explorers themselves. They discover the obstacles and accomplishments of the explorers...
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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 lesson 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.
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Houghton Mifflin Social Studies/Chapter 8, Lesson 1: Farming Takes Hold (pp. 184-187)

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders discuss that the movement toward farming during the 1850's to the 1870's meant for California. The economy of California is studied in relationship to the effects of farming. There are several focus questions to help...
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Houghton Mifflin Social Studies/Chapter 13, Lesson 1 The Past Shapes the Future (pp. 292-295)

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders reflect upon the events of the past in order to make cognitive connections to present or future history. Students use Blooms Taxonomy to attain higher levels of thinking.
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First European Settlers:Oh, California

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students trace the paths of the early explorers who sent three expeditions to settle California. They analyze possible reasons why the land expeditions took longer than ocean routes.
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Life of a Mission - From Beginning to Now

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students research the history of a Spanish mission. They create a timeline showing the major events of the mission. They complete a worksheet to end the lesson.
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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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Presidios, Missions, and Pueblos

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders examine how the missions, presidios, and towns formed a network along the coast of California. They analyze a map, develop a list of adjectives to describe Father Serra, and create an illustration of a padre, presidio,...
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From Missions to Ranchos

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders examine the conversion of the California missions into ranchos. They develop a pros and cons chart, write a first person narrative describing the changing life from the missions to the ranchos, and create a poster of...
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That Was Then, This Is Now

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Young scholars examine the price of food over time. They analyze charts, perform math operations and compare and contrast data about the price of food. They complete worksheets while interperting the charts.
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The Gam Saan Adventure- Are You Willing to Risk it?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explain how California became an agricultural and industrial power, tracing the transformation of the California economy and its development since the 1850's.
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You Can Depend on Me

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students identify how they depend on others, and examine and discuss the images on the California Quarter Reverse. They view and discuss images of various habitats, complete a Habitat Research worksheet, and create a habitat diorama.
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The Adventure Begins: "Boys I Believe I Have Found a Gold Mine!"

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Pupils view and discuss historical documents regarding Native Americans and Californians prior to the gold rush in the 1940's. They complete a variety of activities designed to show what they have learned from these sources and class...
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Getting There: "Do You Want To Go To California?"

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Students, in groups, participate in a variety of activities regarding the rise of Anglo-American immigration in the 1840s and its impact upon California. They discuss immigration from the West and the East as it influenced the culture of...
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Days of '49: "I've Been Toiling Hard for the Last Two And a Half Years"

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Students trace the stages of gold mining in California. They discuss the life of a gold miner and how the discovery of gold influenced towns and cities in California during the 1949 Gold Rush.
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the World Rushed In: "Who Are These People? And How Came They Here?"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discuss the struggles Californians dealt with regarding diversity brought about by the Gold Rush. They participate in a variety of creative, original activities and projects designed to reinforce the idea of historical diversity...
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Legacies of El Dorado

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the development of urban California as it was driven by the Gold Rush boom. They study historical documents and participate in a variety of hands-on activities designed to reinforce the concept of the instructional...
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California Here We Come!

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students, in groups, explore the impac the Gold Rush immigration had on the culture of California. They write a newspaper article from the 1850s identifying immigrant groups to California during the Gold Rush era.
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The Frankish Building: A Reflection of the Success of Ontario, California

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine the impact of the Chaffey brothers and Charles Frankish on Ontario, California. They research the importance of irrigation in Ontario, analyze the architectural merits of the Frankish Building, and research a building in...
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Narrative History - Hypertext Dialogues

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students create scripts about California settlers. The document reflects the settlers' fears, expectations, and realizations.
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WANTED: INFORMATION ABOUT THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE FIRST CALIFORNIANS

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students brainstorm what they think happened to the Native American population. They work in investigative teams and do a WebQuest. Their teams present the information that they uncover.