Beyond the river stretches the interminable prairie, where the fields of harvested wheat lie wrapped in slumber; . . . . The light stealing upon the broad shadows, first touches the tops of the prairie wagons. . . . Then, making more and more progress, it shines. . . and at last, in full glory of splendor, brings out the yellow of the cultivated fields and the course brown of the sandy soil.

~ Picturesque America, 1872

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Lesson Plans

Six lessons have been created to help teach aspects of central San Joaquin Valley history using the topics of immigration, agriculture and regional pioneers and pioneer life. Primary source material from the Fresno Historical Society Archives is featured in the lesson plans including photographs and documents such as census pages, posters and brochures. We hope your students enjoy exploring the Valley story!


Grade levels and curriculum standards addressed are:

Third grade:                          

 Lesson #2        3.3  (1, 3)

 Lesson #5        3.5  (1, 2)

 

Third & Fourth Grades:        

Lesson #1        3.3  (1)          4.4 (3)  

Lesson #4        3.3  (1)          4.3 (2, 3)    4.4 (1, 3, 4)

Lesson #6        3.3  (1, 3)      4.3 (2)  4.4 (3)


Eighth Grade:                        

 Lesson #3        8.12  (1, 5)

 

 Lesson Plans:

 

Lesson Plan 1
Immigrants 

 

Lesson Plan 2
Immigration

 

Lesson Plan 3
California’s Central Valley:
How We Shaped the Land

 

Lesson Plan 4
Immigration

 

Lesson Plan 5
Home Grown:
What food is produced in our own backyard?

 

Lesson Plan 6
Pioneers

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