Activity Overview

Every state has a rich history that defines how it is known today. Using a timeline layout, students will research the history of California and create a timeline of events. Students must think about what makes an event truly worthy of being included in the timeline and be able to include detail in their timeline.

For an alternative to the timeline layout, have students create a timeline poster to incorporate into a presentation or gallery walk. You can add more than one template to this assignment to give students lots of options and adjust the instructions accordingly.

Events in California's History

  • 1848: Gold is discovered at Sutter's Mill. Over 300,000 people moved to California between the years 1848 and 1855.
  • 1850: California is admitted into the Union on September 9 as the 31st state.
  • 1869: The First Transcontinental Railroad was completed.
  • 1906: April 18, San Francisco's is hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that earthquake. It left over 225,000 people homeless, and many people lost their lives.
  • 1955: Walt Disney's first park opens on July 17, 1955 in Anaheim, California.

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a timeline of 4-6 important events in California history.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. Use the provided blank template or add cells to your own template as needed.
  3. Write the state’s name in the top heading.
  4. In the title box, list out each of the events in sequential order and add correct dates.
  5. Describe the events in the description boxes.
  6. Create an image in each cell that depicts the events, using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  7. Save often!

Requirements: At least 4 events, correct dates, descriptions, and appropriate illustrations for each event.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 3-6

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Timelines

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/4/2] Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/4/7] Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/4/8] Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources.

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California State Guide

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