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California History for Fourth Graders - Full Curriculum

Learning Adventures Academy
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In this course, learners will explore the rich history of California, covering topics such as the early Indigenous peoples, the Spanish missions, Mexican California, the Gold Rush, the government, and much more!

Class experience

US Grade 4
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
Aligned with State-Specific Standards
40 lessons//40 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
California Map Skills
 Week 2
Lesson 2
California's Wildlife
 Week 3
Lesson 3
California's Water Resources
 Week 4
Lesson 4
The Pomo
 Week 5
Lesson 5
The Miwok
 Week 6
Lesson 6
The Maidu
 Week 7
Lesson 7
The Chumash
 Week 8
Lesson 8
The Mohave
 Week 9
Lesson 9
Hernán Cortés
 Week 10
Lesson 10
Cabeza de Vaca
 Week 11
Lesson 11
Juan Cabrillo
 Week 12
Lesson 12
Sir Francis Drake
 Week 13
Lesson 13
Spanish Missions
 Week 14
Lesson 14
Russian Fur Traders
 Week 15
Lesson 15
Mountain Men
 Week 16
Lesson 16
Famous Trails
 Week 17
Lesson 17
Life on the Trail
 Week 18
Lesson 18
Mexican Rule
 Week 19
Lesson 19
Land Grants and the Rise of the Rancho Economy
 Week 20
Lesson 20
The Mexican-American War
 Week 21
Lesson 21
The Gold Rush
 Week 22
Lesson 22
Mining Towns
 Week 23
Lesson 23
Women Who Helped Build California
 Week 24
Lesson 24
 Week 25
Lesson 25
Enslavement in California
 Week 26
Lesson 26
The Pony Express
 Week 27
Lesson 27
The Civil War and California
 Week 28
Lesson 28
World War I and California
 Week 29
Lesson 29
American Immigration and California
 Week 30
Lesson 30
The Great Depression
 Week 31
Lesson 31
World War II and California
 Week 32
Lesson 32
California's Public Education System
 Week 33
Lesson 33
Branches of Government
 Week 34
Lesson 34
California's State Government
 Week 35
Lesson 35
California's Early Economy
 Week 36
Lesson 36
Economy After Statehood
 Week 37
Lesson 37
California’s Artists
 Week 38
Lesson 38
The Entertainment Industry
 Week 39
Lesson 39
Keeping California’s Promise
 Week 40
Lesson 40
California Trivia
  • Learners will describe the social, political, cultural, and economic life and interactions among people of California from the pre-Columbian societies to the Spanish mission and Mexican rancho periods.
  • Learners will explain the economic, social, and political life in California from the establishment of the Bear Flag Republic through the Mexican-American War, the Gold Rush, and the granting of statehood.
  • Learners will explain how California became an agricultural and industrial power, tracing the transformation of the California economy and its political and cultural development since the 1850s.
  • Learners will understand the structures, functions, and powers of the local, state, and federal governments as described in the U.S. Constitution.
  • Learners will demonstrate an understanding of the physical and human geographic features that define places and regions in California.
I have over twenty years of experience working with and teaching students.  I have a bachelor's degree in both History and Economics.  My master's degree is in Higher Education.  I also have a juris doctorate degree in Law.  Most importantly, I have a passion for teaching, history in particular! 
Homework Offered
An optional assignment will be posted in the classroom each week.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
Feedback will be given on assignments that are turned in. Final grade reports are given at the parent's request.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Sensitive subjects such as the treatment of Indigenous peoples, immigrants, and African Americans will be discussed in this class.  Also, while discussing wars, the number of deaths will be discussed.  All discussions will be kept at an age-appropriate level. 

Nearpod, Kahoot, and Gimkit will be used as outside resources during class.  A link will be provided and accounts are not needed for these resources.
California through Native Eyes: Reclaiming History by William J. Bauer Jr.

We Are the Land: A History of Native California Kindle Edition by Damon B. Akins and  William J. Bauer Jr.

California: An American History by John Mack Faragher.

4th Grade California History Curriculum by Splash Communications.
Joined May, 2020
Rising Star
Teacher expertise and credentials
Bachelor's Degree in History
Amanda Smith
Master's Degree in Education
Amanda Smith
Doctoral Degree
Amanda Smith
At Learning Adventures Academy, we believe that education should be a journey filled with curiosity, creativity, and joy. Our online learning academy is designed specifically for young minds, providing an engaging and interactive classroom... 
Group Class


weekly or $640 for 40 classes
1x per week, 40 weeks
45 min

Completed by 38 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 8-10
3-15 learners per class

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