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History in your own Backyard

By Edward Flores
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"How did the environment impact early California Indians?"

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Core Understandings
  • About 5,000 years ago people began to gather in vilages for at least part of each year. Some people formed what today are called tribes.
  • Indian tribes lived in all parts of California. Some tribes lived close to where you live now.
  • Native Americans made everything from the natural resources around them.
  • Living in different regions affected each tribes society.
  • Each tribe had its own creation stories and legends.
Learning Objectives
  • Research Internet sites on the different tribes around California.
  • Compare and Contrast data on legends, food,and housing from different tribes.
California Content Standards
English and Language Arts
Grade Four
ELA.4.2.0. Reading Comprehension
Comprehension and Analysis of Grade-Level-Appropriate Text
ELA.4.2.5. Compare and contrast information on the same topic after reading several passages or articles.
ELA.4.1.0. Writing Strategies
Organization and Focus
ELA.4.1.3. Use traditional structures for conveying information (e.g., chronological order, cause and effect, similarity and difference, and posing and answering a question).
Research and Technology
ELA.4.1.7. Use various reference materials (e.g., dictionary, thesaurus, card catalog, encyclopedia, online information) as an aid to writing.
History and Social Science
Grade Four. California: A Changing State
HSS.4.2. Students 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.
HSS.4.2.1. Discuss the major nations of California Indians, including their geographic distribution, economic activities, legends, and religious beliefs; and describe how they depended on, adapted to, and modified the physical environment by cultivation of land and use of sea resources.