California History Bundle (8 Products)

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This product includes 8 California History products (plus one additional version of the Gold Rush Mining Journal). Buying the bundle saves you 20% of the cost of the individual products.

Includes:
*State Symbol Fact Fans
*California ABC Book
*Early Explorer Fun Facts and Writing Pack (Old and New Version)
*California Gold Rush Mining Journal (Old and New Version)
*Mission Research Book
*Mission Research Project and Rubric
*California Native American Research and Writing Pack (Old and New Version)
*California Regions Research, Writing, and Activity Pack
*Updated 9/15/15 - Added a helpful website sheet with links for research websites: Regions, Native Californians, Explorers, Missions, and Gold Rush.

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California Regions Research, Writing, and Activity Pack:
I like to have fun teaching my students about our state regions. We live in California, but this pack could work for other states as well.
What's included in this product:
*Region Questions (2 pages): Students can research the different regions and record information about the climate, seasons, animals, plants, adaptations, famous landmarks, cities, and latitude/longitude.
*Regions Mini Book (5 half pages and one fill in): Students can record 5 fun facts about the regions.
*Region Postcards (2 pages – print back to back on cardstock): Students can draw a picture of their favorite region and write a short note on the “back” of it to send to a friend.
*Region Writing Book (Cover and 4 writing pages): Students can use their facts to create a non fiction essay about the different region characteristics.
*Region Maps (4 pages): Students can use the full page map to practice drawing the outline of California, and the smaller maps to color the specific areas of the state. Blank pages are included for possible homework.
*Salt Dough Map Lesson (3 pages): Includes directions for the lesson, a note to send home to families for supplies, and the map key for students to color code their salt dough map after painting.

California Native Americans Research and Writing Pack:
My students love learning about the tribes that lived in our state, and I believe that by making it personal they gain a greater understanding of the concept.
Included in this download are 2 versions of the product (with and without clip art):
*2 different pages of research questions covering all parts of Native American/Californian life (Land, Religion, Games & Music, Clothing, Food, Houses, Baskets, and Tools). There are 2 copies of the front page, as one is labeled for "Californian" and the other "American". The rest of the information is the same on both pages. There is only 1 copy of page 2.
*Covers for the Writing Journal - one page for Californian, another for American
*10 specific writing prompts with half lined pages to allow for illustrations:
-The Land Around Me
- My Family
- My Home
- My Beliefs
- My Job in the Tribe
- The Food I Eat
- The Tools I Use
- The Clothes I Wear
- Having Fun with My Tribe
- A Typical Day in My Life
*1 full lined page for extra writing
*2 blank maps of the United States and California to plot the specific place that the tribe lived.

Mission Research Project and Rubric:
The second trimester in my classroom brings learning about the California Missions and the history of them in our great state. For a culmination activity, my students take the attached directions, choose a specific mission to research, and create a 10 page report.
I also have my students choose a visual arts project to accompany their report. Their options are to build their specific mission, create a brochure, or visit their mission and become a tour guide. Each child, regardless of their chosen visual arts project, must share specific facts through their oral presentation.
Included in this 4 page packet of materials:
*3 page directions outlining specifics of report, visual art project, and oral presentation
*1 page rubric that includes checklist for each of the 3 components
To use this project, you would just need to print a set of directions for each student and assign missions to research. I usually pass these directions out before vacation, and they present at the end of January.

Mission Research Book:
In my classroom we create a research book of key facts and information about each mission. We complete one mission per day for an entire month before handing out the Mission Report and Project. My class uses information from the internet and textbooks to fill in the information.
Included in this packet:
*Cover for book
*21 mission pages labeled with the mission name and #
*1 blank mission page
Each mission page asks students to research the following information:
*Draw a picture of the mission
*Significant Events in History
*Date Founded
*Nickname
*Founding Father
*Founding Missionary
*Indian Tribe
*Interesting Facts

California Gold Rush Mining Journal (Old and New Version):
I have my students create a mining journal as a culminating project after we finish learning about the California 49ers coming with the dream to find gold. I have them become a 49er and pretend to travel across the country, imagining the life the miners led. This journal is a narrative that shows their understanding of the time period, the difficulties that miners faced, and also practices their descriptive writing skills.
I recommend the picture book Gold Fever to show how hard life was for the miners.

Updated 3/1/2014 - This product is now a bundle of both my older version and newer version. You can pick what one you want to use for your class. It's the same idea though with both products.

Old Version:
Included in this product:
Slide 2: Description and Ideas for Writing unit
Slide 3 and 4: Table of Contents - Journal prompts for each writing page
Slide 5: Brainstorm Character Page
Slide 6 to 12: Mining Journal, complete with clip art

Updated Product:
Slides 2 - 4 Description and Prompts
Slide 5 - Student Cover
Slides 6 - 7 Research Questions (3 questions per page) about Gold Rush
Slide 8 - Blank Research Page
Slides 9 - 16 Brainstorm Sheets with Specific Prompts (What does the character think, feel, and do)
Slides 17 - 24 Lined Writing Paper with Gold Rush Clip Art (Writing paper does have a title spot, but the pages are now not specific to a certain part of the story.)
Slide 25 - Blank Lined Writing Paper
Slide 26 - Credits page

Early Explorer Facts and Writing Pack:
In my classroom we learn about the Early Explorers of California. We specifically study Juan Cabrillo, Sebastian Vizcaino, and Francis Drake. I have them create an explorer book complete with portraits of the men at the conclusion of the unit. This bundle has both a new and old version of the product - the new has clip art on each page.
Included in this pack:
*Slides 3 - 5: Fun Explorer Facts about Juan Cabrillo, Sebastian Vizcaino, and Francis Drake
*Slides 6 - 8: Compare the men through Brainstorm Note Page, a Tri Venn Diagram, and Explorer Time Lines (student templates - students will fill in information)
*Slide 9 -13: Mini Book Writing Pages (cover, one page for each explorer with name and portrait area, blank sheet)
*Slide 14: Explorer Map of California with Legend (student template - students will need to draw California and routes of explorers)
*Slide 15: Helpful Websites

ABC Book:
This product includes a mini book cover and alphabet half pages. The letters contain the words below. Definitions are not included, as it was created for students to add definitions or images to remember the different concepts. There is room for students to add more vocabulary words that the class deems important to remember.
Words include: Absolute Location, Actor, Aerospace, Agriculture, Amendment, Aqueduct, Architecture, Bay, Belief, Boomtown, Border, Boundary, Branch, Capitol, Catholicism, Citizenship, City Council, Climate, Coast, College, Colony, Communication, Compass Rose, Compromise, Constitution, Convention, Cultivate, Culture, Current, Custom, Dam, Degree, Delegate, Delta, Depression, Desert, Discimination, District, Diversity, Drought, Economy, Election, Engineer, Entrepreneur, Equator, Exclusion, Executive Branch, Expand, Expedition, Explore, Export, Fort, Fugitive, Function, Government, Hemisphere, Hunter-gatherer, Immigrate, Import, Inflation, Investor, Irrigation, Judicial Branch, Jurisdiction, Landform, Land Grant, Legend, Legislative Branch, Line of Latitude, Line of Longitude, Mayor, Merchant, Migrant Worker, Migrate, Mission, Missionary, Mountain Pass, Natural Resource, Nonrenewable, Occupy, Petition, Pioneer, Population Density, Presidio, Prime Meridian, Principle, Private, Product, Public, Pueblo, Rancheria, Rancho, Ratify, Ration, Region, Religion, Renewable Resource, Representatives, Republic, Reservation, Reservoir, Responsibility, Rural Area, School Board, Settle, Slavery, Squatter, Stock Marker, Strike, Suburban Area, Superintendent, Tax, Technology, Telegraph, Territory, Trade, Trade School, Tradition, Transportation, Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, University, Urban Area, Vote

State Symbol Fact Fans:
This product includes 30 CA state symbols and corresponding dates/facts for each. There are 3 covers containing state symbols - our state bird, bear, and flower. A website link is included that contains pictures and additional information about each symbol. In my classroom I pull the website up on my computer and projector and my class recreates the pictures above the facts.

Please visit my blog to see how I use these products in my own classroom - www.ilovemyclassroom.blogspot.com

Please visit the individual product pages to check ratings for specific products. I hope this bundle helps you with your California curriculum.
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California History Bundle (8 Products)
California History Bundle (8 Products)
California History Bundle (8 Products)
California History Bundle (8 Products)