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civilizations, history, etc, there may be some cross-over and blurring
of lines between the topics. For example, a lesson plan dealing
with archaeology is automatically dealing with an anthropological
subject. A lesson plan dealing with indigenous people is also
automatically dealing with anthropology and any of them may, or may not,
be dealing with history or ancient civilizations. While every
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Regions Online Lesson __ "California has four distinct regions, varying widely in climate, landforms, tourist attractions and animal life. This lesson will give students the opportunity to explore and compare the four main regions of California (mountains, coast, central valley, and desert)."
- Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From learncalifornia.org - http://www.learncalifornia.org/doc.asp?id=88
State Flag __ While not a lesson plan 'per se,' it
would be an excellent basis for one for teaching younger students about
your state flag with descriptions, history, and much more. - From allstates-flag.com
State Study Unit __ "These state unit studies are
designed to help children learn the geography of the United States and
learn factual information about every state. These studies are great for
children in the public and private education system as well as
homeschooled children." You will find lessons, printables,
activities, quizzes, maps, fun facts, and many other classroom activity
items. - From About.com - http://homeschooling.about.com/cs/unitssubjgeog/a/susca.htm
California - A State Unit Study
__ "This mini unit on CALIFORNIA uses the cross curricular approach to education. There are several activities from different academic subjects for you to choose from. One of the most important things is to have fun!"
- From easyfunschool.com - http://www.easyfunschool.com/California.html
The Gam Saan Adventure- Are You Willing to Risk it?
__ "You and your teammates have the opportunity to travel back in time to become some of the first Chinese immigrants to arrive in California. You will explore the reasons why Chinese prospectors came to "Gam Saan" (Gold Mountain) and their experiences in California once they arrived. You will then have three days to decide whether you want to travel back in time to be a Chinese prospector in California of the 1850's."
Goals, procedure materials. - From Kristen K. Lee - http://www.museumca.org/goldrush/curriculum/gamsaan/index.html
KidZone Geography - United States
Printables for various State Emblems: __ You will find class
activity material for your state as well as all the others. These
activities are for the earliest grade levels. - From kidzone - http://www.kidzone.ws/geography/usa/index.htm
Where You Are __ "Students research place names in their
state and discover and analyze the varied sources of these place
names." Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From eduplace.com
Lesson Plans - Make State Maps With MapMachine
__ A lesson that can be made California specific. "This
lesson asks students to compare and contrast their state with another
one using observations they make from National Geographic's MapMachine.
They'll look at their own state's maps as the teacher creates them for
the class, and they'll make their own maps of another state of their
choice. They'll list their observations of the two states' maps then
write paragraphs comparing and contrasting what they've seen." -
Goals, procedure - From nationalgeographic.com - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/03/g35/exploremaps.html
Let Me Tell You About My State!
__ "The purpose of this activity is to develop an awareness of the concepts of the United States through the Amateur Radio communication services. It provides an opportunity for the students to verbally interact information about their state. Comparing and collecting data about different cultures, current events, geography, history, government, natural resources, and climate conditions are examples of shared data. Students will be given the opportunity to interact with another student operator to exchange information. Verbal questioning skills, critical thinking skills and the growth of writing skills will be enhanced. Through sharing of information about ones' state, published reports will be written from the acquired data."
Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From eduref.org - http://tinyurl.com/bz9ou
Levels of Government in California
__ "...students will examine problems; determine the appropriate level of government to deal with the problem; and identify their local, state and federal elected officials."
Goals, procedure. - from learncalifornia.org - http://www.learncalifornia.org/doc.asp?ID=761
Mini Study of a
State __ The students will learn to do research while comparing
your state with one of the states of the U.S. They will be graded on information, drawing and art work, spelling and punctuation and neatness.
Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From eduref.org - http://tinyurl.com/8y9ks
NetLink on California Missions-4th grade
__ "On a summer day in 1769 in the Spanish territory of California,
the first permanent Catholic mission was established in San Diego. By
1823 there were 21 missions stretching along the California coast from
San Diego to San Francisco. The development of towns and cities in
California is linked to the locations of the missions. Riding horseback,
a traveler could just make it from one mission to the next in a day's
ride. In this lesson you will tour the missions and collect answers to
questions for an information treasure hunt." - goals, procedure and
materials. - From Barbara Garrison - http://www.suhsd.k12.ca.us/mvm/netlinks/1missions4/1missions4.html
The Rancho Period
__ "Students draw from historical and community resources to organize the sequence of events in local history and describe how each period of settlement left its mark on the land,..."
goals, procedure, materials needed. - From history.ctaponline.org - http://tinyurl.com/9n7g5
The Road to California - A Journey to Freedom
__ "In the years following the Gold Rush, California was viewed as a land of opportunity. Thousands joined the Westward Movement and journeyed to the "Golden State" in search of a better life. But not all who traveled the road to California came of their own accord. Although California entered the Union as a free state, its laws did not prohibit slave owners from bringing slaves into the state. Such was the case of Biddy Mason, who in 1853 walked to California behind her master's wagon train. Biddy Mason's journey to freedom is an inspiring chapter in American history. How could a women born into slavery, against all odds, become one of the wealthiest - and most generous - women of the Westward Movement?"
goals, procedure and materials. - From Gail Desler - http://home.jps.net/~gailhd/westward/road.htm
__ Students will use different types of resources (computer software,
research books, etc.) to find the climate, landforms, natural resources,
government officials, etc. of a specific state. In this case,
yours. Goals, procedure and materials. - From eduref.org - http://tinyurl.com/8alyq
template __ Print out this template for your students to
create a state brochure as a class activity. - From North Canton City Schools
The Last Mission __ "Students study the existing missions to find characteristics of a successful mission. Led by their discoveries, students search for the perfect location for the final California mission."
goals, procedure and materials needed. - From score.rims.k12.ca.us - http://tinyurl.com/7ft7b