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California Dreamin'

A six-week unit on California based on Disney's California Adventure

Location: Anaheim, CA
Members: 14
Latest Activity: Oct 4, 2016

How it works

Anyone can join!

This is the unit that Celebration Education did in May '09. This page if left up for anyone to continue to use as they like. There are six lessons in the Discussion Forum at the bottom of the page. If you have ideas you'd like to add to any of the lessons, or even a lesson of your own, please do!

Here's the outline for the unit:

Week 1: California Dreamin'

- Introduction
- Four regions
- Quick trip around the state

Week 2: A Tale of Two Cultures

- Coastal
- Native Americans
- Missions

Week 3: "Eureka!"

- Mountains
- Gold rush
- Explorers

Week 4: The Wealth of the Land

- Central Valley
- Bugs
- Agriculture
- Migrant workers/Civil rights

Week 5: The Sky's the Limit

- Desert
- Flight
- Industry

Week 6: The Magic of Dreams

- Hollywood
- Entertainment
- Closing Celebration

Download the Theme Poster

Download the Theme Song Lyrics

Here's a link to download a copy of the song, if you like. Be sure to get the version without the vocals.

The discussion forum at the bottom of this page is set up for you share what projects you do and field trips you go on for each of the topics.

If you are planning a field trip and would like to invite others to join you, feel free to add it as an event on this network.

Discussion Forum

California Dreamin'

Started by Heather Martinson. Last reply by Heather Martinson Apr 23, 2009. 3 Replies

Topics:California regionsCalifornia landmarksContinue

A Tale of Two Cultures

Started by Heather Martinson. Last reply by Heather Martinson Apr 29, 2009. 2 Replies

Topics:CoastNative AmericansMissionsContinue

Eureka!

Started by Heather Martinson. Last reply by Heather Martinson May 9, 2009. 3 Replies

Topics:MountiansGold MiningContinue

A Land of Wealth

Started by Heather Martinson. Last reply by Heather Martinson May 13, 2009. 3 Replies

Topics:Central ValleyBugsAgricultureMigrant Workers/Civil RightsContinue

The Sky's the Limit!

Started by Heather Martinson. Last reply by Heather Martinson May 21, 2009. 2 Replies

Topics:DesertFlightIndustryContinue

Hooray for Hollywood!

Started by Heather Martinson. Last reply by Heather Martinson Jun 3, 2009. 3 Replies

Topics:HollywoodEntertainmentClosing CelebrationContinue

Comment Wall

Comment by Martina McClure on September 1, 2012 at 12:36pm

Can I purchase the curriculum? I have 3, 4th graders that I am teaching California Hisatory this year.

Comment by Heather Martinson on September 5, 2012 at 11:26am

Hi Martina!

Unfortunately, these lessons are not in a format that they can be sold. They were used exclusively at California Adventure back in 2009 and by now some of the things in that park that inspired activities are no longer there. There is a decent amount of information that can be gleaned in the discussion area of this group, though. If I recall correctly, some of the discussions even have attachments, which are the handouts we used in class. Good luck!

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