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The State of California

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  • Mind Map
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  • Timeline

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Pixton Lesson Plan on The State of California
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings geography to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings geography to life with comics and storyboards.

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The State of California

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Teacher Guide

The State of California

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Review the following information or have students complete a research project.

  • History: 1848 Ceded from Mexico with Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo; Discovered gold in 1849; Became state in 1850
  • Statehood: 31st State - September 9, 1850
  • Name Origin: "Califia" is a mythical paradise in a Spanish Romance written in 1510 by Montalvo.
  • Size: 163,707 sq. miles (#3 of 50 states)
  • Population: 38,332,521 (#1 of 50 states)
  • Capital: Sacramento
  • Border States: Arizona; Nevada; Oregon
  • Presidents Born in the State: Richard Nixon
  • Agriculture Exports: Almonds; Dairy Products; Wine; Walnuts; Pistachios; Grapes; Rice; Oranges and Products; Tomatoes; Cotton; Strawberries; Raisins; Beef
  • Industry: Technology and Electronic Products; Aerospace; Film Production; Tourism; Agriculture
  • Attractions: Yosemite; Death Valley; Mt. Whitney; Muir Woods; Sequoia National Forest; Golden Gate Bridge; Santa Monica Pier; San Diego Zoo; Pacific Coast Highway; Disney Land; Hollywood; Lake Tahoe
  • Colleges and Universities: Stanford University; Pepperdine University; UCLA; USC; UC Berkelely; UC Davis; California State; UC Santa Barbara; UC Irvine; UC San Diego; San Diego State University; San Francisco State University; Caltech
  • Professional Sports: Anaheim Angels, Oakland A's and LA Dodgers (MLB); Anaheim Mighty Ducks and LA Kings (NHL); Golden State Warriors, LA Lakers, Sacramento Kings and LA Clippers (NBA); Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49'ers and San Diego Chargers (NFL)
  • Flag: Includes the state Grizzly Bear, star (like the Texas lone star) and "The Golden State" motto; Created in 1911 by William Todd
  • Flower: Golden Poppy
  • Tree: California Redwood
  • Animal: Grizzly Bear
  • Bird: California Valley Quail
  • Nickname: The Golden State; The El Dorado State; The Land of Milk and Honey; The Grape State
  • Motto: "Eureka" - Refers to the "I have found it" exclamation used during the 1849 gold rush.
  • Song: "I love you, California"

Opening Discussion

Discuss the following:

  • What do you already know about California (history, attractions, exports and fun facts)?
  • In your opinion, what is California most well known for?
  • What states does California border?
  • Does California have oceans and/or mountains?
  • What is the climate in California?
  • How is northern California different than southern California?
  • How are the economies in San Francisco and Los Angeles different?
  • What would you like to know about California?
  • How could you learn more about California?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    State Fun Facts

    Complete after opening discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Economy: Agriculture and Industry

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Attractions & Destinations

    Complete after class brainstorm and discussion.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Poster of the California state flag and/or a map of California that includes major sights and attractions.

  • Extension / Modification
    Mind Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Mind Map to advertise one college or university in California.

  • Extension / Modification
    Character Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Character Map for the most famous historical figure from California.

  • Extension / Modification
    Timeline (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Timeline of California's state history.

  • Extension / Modification
    Storyboard (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Storyboard to analyze the lyrics of California's state song or another song about California.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • Why did California become a state?
  • What are the main components of California's economy?
  • Why is California important to the United States?
  • What makes California unique or different than other states?
  • In your opinion, what state is California most similar to and why?
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Pixton Activity: The State of California 1 State Fun Facts

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  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the following information or have students complete a research project.

  • Name Origin: "Califia" is a mythical paradise in a Spanish Romance written in 1510 by Montalvo.
  • Size: 163,707 sq. miles (#3 of 50 states)
  • Population: 38,332,521 (#1 of 50 states)
  • Capital: Sacramento
  • Border States: Arizona; Nevada; Oregon
  • Presidents Born in the State: Richard Nixon
  • Flag: Includes the state Grizzly Bear, star (like the Texas lone star) and "The Golden State" motto; Created in 1911 by William Todd
  • Flower: Golden Poppy
  • Tree: California Redwood
  • Animal: Grizzly Bear
  • Bird: California Valley Quail
  • Nickname: The Golden State; The El Dorado State; The Land of Milk and Honey; The Grape State
  • Motto: "Eureka" - Refers to the "I have found it" exclamation used during the 1849 gold rush.

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate at least four major facts or symbols of the state:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: The State of California 2 Economy: Agriculture and Industry

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the main components of the state's economy or have students complete a research project.

  • Agriculture Products: Almonds; Dairy Products; Wine; Walnuts; Pistachios; Grapes; Rice; Oranges and Products; Tomatoes; Cotton; Strawberries; Raisins; Beef
  • Top Industries: Technology and Electronic Products; Aerospace; Film Production; Tourism; Agriculture

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate at least five major industries and/or agricultural products of the state's economy:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: The State of California 3 Attractions & Destinations

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the state's top attractions or have students complete a research project.

  • Attractions: Yosemite; Death Valley; Mt. Whitney; Muir Woods; Sequoia National Forest; Golden Gate Bridge; Santa Monica Pier; San Diego Zoo; Pacific Coast Highway; Disney Land; Hollywood; Lake Tahoe
  • Colleges and Universities: Stanford University; Pepperdine University; UCLA; USC; UC Berkeley; UC Davis; California State; UC Santa Barbara; UC Irvine; UC San Diego; San Diego State University; San Francisco State University; Caltech
  • Professional Sports: Anaheim Angels, Oakland A's and LA Dodgers (MLB); Anaheim Mighty Ducks and LA Kings (NHL); Golden State Warriors, LA Lakers, Sacramento Kings and LA Clippers (NBA); Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49'ers and San Diego Chargers (NFL)

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate at least four main attractions or destinations in the state:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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