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Students will become acquainted with Studies Weekly. They will also learn about California’s geographic features, cities and bordering regions.,
Students will study the prehistoric events that formed California. They will also learn about the features of California’s four regions., , ,
Students will learn about the importance of water to California’s earliest settlers. Students will also learn how water is currently supplied to California’s population., , ,
Students will study California’s climate and natural resources. Students will define hemispheres, continents and oceans. They will also use lines of latitude and longitude on a globe., , ,
Students will be introduced to the American Indians who first inhabited California. They will discuss how California’s American Indians lived based on which region they inhabited.,
Students will learn about the costal tribes of California, including their skills, rituals and beliefs.,
Students will study inland American Indians and their skills for thriving in desert regions.,
Students will learn about the beliefs, customs and diets of tribes from the northeast and mountain regions of California.,
Students will study early and explorers and their discoveries in America.,
Students will discuss the prominence of Spanish settlers in California. They will also learn about the relationships between American Indians, missionaries and soldiers., , ,
Students will study the El Camino Real and its functions., , ,
Students will study what missionaries taught American Indians and what life was like in the missions., , , ,
Students will learn about Mexico’s secession from Spain. They will cover California’s early government., ,
Students will discuss California’s new settlers and the goals they had for the land., , , ,
Students will learn about the Bear Flag Revolt and General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo. They will learn how California became a republic.,
Students study the struggle for control of California in the Mexican-American War.,
Students will be introduced to the discovery of gold as a turning point in California history., ,
Students will study mining camps and the laws that governed them. They will also learn about the difficult journeys some faced in trying to reach California.,
Students will learn about Biddy Mason as a freed slave who worked hard to help others. They will also learn about California’s constitutional convention, slavery in America, and the Compromise of 1850.,
Students will define constitution and will learn how California’s was written. They will learn how California became a state thanks to its constitution., , , ,
Students will learn about the stagecoach as a means of transportation. They will learn how mail was sent via the Pony Express and the dangers associated with the Pony Express.,
Students will study the efficiency of communication by telegraph.,
Students will be introduced to the Transcontinental Railroad. They will learn that the railroad was initiated by engineer Theodore Judah and was completed with the help of immigrants.,
Students will study the importance of immigrants in shaping California., ,
Students will be introduced to the innovations of farmer Luther Burbank. They will also study the progression of farming in California and the farming industry of California today.,
Students will study the impacts of the Great Depression on California. Students will learn how World War II improved the economy.,
Students will learn about the rise of the entertainment industry in California. They will also look at California’s many industries, such as mining, oil and forestry as well as transportation and communication., ,
Students will be introduced to California’s state capitol building. They will also look at various levels of government, such as state, county and local governments., ,
K-5 Required to Read 50% Informational Text - Meet or exceed the 50% Informational Text requirement in your state with Studies Weekly. Teach CCSS-aligned Social Studies and Science content during your literacy block!
Staircase of Complexity - Lexile levels gradually increase over the course of each grade level. We provide researched-based lesson plans with scaffolding/differentiated instruction so that all students succeed.
Text-Based Answers - Students are required to write about what they read, perform additional research, cite sources and consider other points of view. Assessment questions require students to recall, examine and analyze the text they have read.
Writing from Sources - Students will develop research and media skills using primary and secondary sources. We provide 2.0 digital tool suggestions for creating online products like videos, avatars, posters and slide shows.
Academic Vocabulary - With domain-specific vocabulary for each lesson, our lesson plans help you teach students how to determine the meaning of unknown words within a text (CCSS for ELA RI.4).
Computer-Based, Machine-Scored Assessment for Grades 3-5 - Online assessment is provided at eStudiesweekly.com. With instant analysis, including pie charts for every question, you.ll identify where re-teaching or additional test-taking strategies are needed.
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