Get ready for a fun and exciting way to learn about the California Missions. Learn all 21 missions by using a hand motion for each mission. Each hand motion features a characteristic that makes that mission unique or distinctive. Begin your journey with the first mission and conclude with the last mission, in the order they were founded. Along the way, there are interesting facts to learn about each place. Students are active participants, using three of the five senses. The motions are a memory trigger for interesting facts. It it similar to a mnemonic device and great for kinesthetic learners. It can be used at the beginning or end of class as a warm up or closing activity, used individually by a student, or incorporated into a curriculum unit. Put all the motions together and have a contest to see how fast students can perform all the hand motions in order. Use it to quiz students about interesting facts or as a supplement to review all of the missions. Great for Father Serra's 300th birthday anniversary. The hand motions are a combination of creativity, American Sign Language, and American Indian Sign Language. It's unique, repetitive, systematic and fun! At just over 15 minutes, this Mp4 movie is viewable using quicktime or adobe flash player installed on your computer. Features Mr. Tooley as he teaches the complete unit. Companion to the California Missions Unit slideshow offered here, can be used separately or in combination with the slideshow.
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