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California History and the Oak

If you are fortunate enough to have a big, old oak tree nearby, take your Tree Stewards to visit it and tell them that their own seedlings may grow to be that big someday.

The activities in this branch may be completed at any time of the year.

California Content Standards

Grade 3 History-Social Science

3.3 Students draw from historical and community resources to organize the sequence of local historical events and describe how each period of settlement left its mark on the land.

3. Trace why their community was established, how individuals and families contributed to its founding and development, and how the community has changed over time, drawing on maps, photographs, oral histories, letters, newspapers, and other primary sources.

Grade 3 Reading

1.6 Use sentence and word context to find the meaning of unknown words.

1.7 Use a dictionary to learn the meaning and other features of unknown words.

2.0 Students read and comprehend grade-level appropriate material. They draw upon a variety of comprehension strategies as needed (e.g., generating and responding to essential questions, making predictions, comparing information from several sources).

2.5 Distinguish the main idea and supporting details in expository text.

Grade 3 Writing

Writing Applications 2.2 Write descriptions that use concrete sensory details to present and support unified impressions of people, places, things, or experiences.

Written and Oral English Language Conventions 1.0 Students write and speak with a command of Standard English conventions appropriate to this grade level.

Grade 4 History-Social Science

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.

4.3 Students 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.

Grade 4 Reading

2.0 Students read and comprehend grade-level appropriate material. They draw upon a variety of comprehension strategies as needed (e.g., generating and responding to essential questions, making predictions, comparing information from several sources).

Grade 4 Writing

Writing Strategies 1.0 Students write clear, coherent sentences and paragraphs that develop a central idea.

Written and Oral English Language Conventions 1.0 Students write and speak with a command of Standard English conventions appropriate to this grade level.

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