Shaping California: Jed's Journey
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Shaping California: Jed’s Journey
What groups of people are significant in our state’s past? Why did they come to California? What did they find when they arrived? How did they impact our state to shape it into what it is today? What does the future hold for our state?
We invite 4th graders to take a look at the forces that shaped California as we follow the travels of Jedediah Smith as he explored in the 1820’s. Jed is one of those explorers that we don’t hear as much about today, yet he was remarkable in terms of the “firsts” on his list, for what he accomplished, and for the strength of character that he portrayed in his journeys. Our textbook briefly mentions him on two pages, but students who journey with us will learn the “rest of his story”!!
As we follow his adventures through each region we’ll look at what natural and human forces shaped it, from long ago to present day. We’ll cover regions and highlight various elements as they relate to the five themes of geography (location, place, movement, interactions, regions), weaving earth, life, and physical sciences into history and geography as we learn about what shaped California into what it is today. Classtime will include maps, timelines, games and activities. Our signature piece continues to be lapbooks: one for each region. Kids who come all year will leave with a whole set! Teachers are David Meyer and Roxanne Lemos. See schedule for topics covered each meeting date.
Every Kid in a Park
The government's "Every Kid in a Park" offers free access to federal lands and waterways for 4th graders and their guests. Click to visit their website for details.