California History for Elementary Students

This course is designed to take elementary students through the history of California, beginning in the 1400’s (pre-Columbian times), moving through each century until present day. We will also be exploring California’s diverse geographical regions, as well as work to gain an understanding of how state and local governments were formed. The class will learn about California’s rich history and beauty through fun, interactive, hands-on, and creative ways, with the use of readings, writings, art projects, crafts, lapbooks, field trips, play-acting, games, etc.

Description

  • Mentor-Teacher: Megan Erps
  • Grade Level: 3rd-5th grades
  • Credit Classification: Social Studies (generally a 4th grade subject)
  • Course Length: 32 Weeks
  • Class Fee: $70/month (payable to Megan Erps)
  • Late Payment Fee: $10
  • Material Fee: $50/one-time fee (+ optional field trip fees which will vary)
  • Teacher Contact: Megan Erps
  • Minimum Class Size: 5
  • Shelter-in-Place: Will not do online class

Course Description:

This course is designed to take elementary students through the history of California, beginning in the 1400’s (pre-Columbian times), moving through each century until present day. We will also be exploring California’s diverse geographical regions, as well as work to gain an understanding of how state and local governments were formed. The class will learn about California’s rich history and beauty through fun, interactive, hands-on, and creative ways, with the use of readings, writings, art projects, crafts, lapbooks, field trips, play-acting, games, etc.

Topics covered may include:

  • Native American Tribes
  • Spanish Explorers
  • California Missions
  • The Mexican War of Independence
  • The Mexican-American War
  • The Oregon Trail/Westward Expansion
  • The Gold Rush
  • Statehood
  • The Pony Express
  • The Transcontinental Railroad California and US Wars
  • California Landforms
  • Regions and Agriculture
  • State and Local Governments
  • The Silicon Valley

Possible field trips

  • Visit a local Mission Tour
  • Historic Roberto Adobe
  • Sunol House Programs at the Peralta Adobe
  • Fallon House
  • San Jose History Park
  • Japanese Friendship Garden
  • Visit the Redwoods Roaring Camp Railroad
  • State Capitol Building tour
  • Computer History Museum
  • End of year overnight Gold Rush Camp

Required Materials: A binder with several dividers Various materials for at-home projects

Requirements/Workload: Homework will vary from week to week, but will mostly consist of take-home worksheets and projects.

Class Expectations:

Attendance and punctuality, class participation in discussions and during in-class projects Completion of assignments Parental involvement with at-home assignments and projects when necessary. Respectful class behavior.

Assessment System:

There will be no formal assessments for this class, but the mentor-teacher will give progress reports for the parents to use in order to make their own assessments.