Teacher Guide for an "Inquiry Leading to Understanding" Project

Kidding Around California

By Cindy Richardson, Patricia Kephart
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"What gives a city its "aura" -- makes it feel special?"
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Overview

Grade Level: 4

Curriculum Areas:
Focus: History/Social Science
Secondary: English/Language Arts

Topic:
California Cities

Themes:
Arts, Community, Environment, History

Duration:
1 hour daily for 3 weeks
Summary
California cities are cool places to visit. We will create a travel book for kids using PowerPoint presentations. Students can take ideas home to their family to plan summer vacations!

(Thanks to John Muir Publishing for their "Kidding Around..." series which inspired this idea.)

Rationale
Our 4th grade children rarely leave their neighborhood. This project will broaden their horizons and encourage them to explore California's diversity.