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California Theme Unit

Questions, Facts, and "Who am I?" for the state of California
     State of California Mixed Review: fill-in questions, "Who am I", facts, and writing prompts (multiple keys)

Short Reading Comprehensions
Very Quick Readers
     Fun in the Sun...California Style! (Very Quick Reader; Grades 3-4 Readability)
     General Sherman (Very Quick Reader; Grades 4-6 Readability)

Short Readers
     Devils Postpile National Monument (Short Reader; Grades 3-5 Readability)
     Joshua Tree National Park (Short Reader; Grades 3-5 Readability)
     Redwood National and State Parks (Short Reader; Grades 3-5 Readability)
     Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Short Reader; Grades 3-5 Readability)
     Yosemite National Park (Short Reader; Grades 4-6 Readability)
     Death Valley National Park (Short Reader; Grades 4-6 Readability)
     Lassen Volcanic National Park (Short Reader; Grades 4-6 Readability)
     Channel Islands National Park (Short Reader; Grades 4-6 Readability)
     Muir Woods National Monument (Short Reader; Grades 4-7 Readability)

Reading Comprehensions
     Tournament of Roses Parade (Grades 2-4)
     The Birth of the Missions (Grades 3-4)
     California Gold Rush (Grades 4-6)
     Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Grades 5-6)
     The Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 (Grades 5-7)
     The History of the Bear Flag of California (Grades 5-8)
     The San Francisco Earthquake (Grades 6-8)
     America's New Year Celebration: The Tournament of Roses (Grades 6-8)

California Maze
Build California maze - Make multiple mazes at once

State of California Theme - Math Stories
     California Math (Grades 2-4)
     California Math (Grades 5-6)

            The Golden Gate Bridge (Grades 6-8)
            The Great San Francisco Earthquake (Grades 6-8)
            CA is for California (Grades 4-6)

State of California Theme - Story Starters
     California Story Starter Printables

State of California Theme
     Location of California in the United States Printable and Information

State of California Theme Time Line
     California Time Line #1 (24 events in time line)

California: Reading Comprehensions with References to California
This section lists reading comprehensions on with references to the state of California. These reading comprehensions were not written specifically for the state theme unit.

     Top reading comprehensions with most references to California
     The History of the Bear Flag of California (Grade 8)
     California Condors (Grade 8)
     John Steinbeck (Grades 9-12)
     Keith Interviews Carla Condor (Grade 3)
     Economy of the West Region (Grade 6)
     The Gold Rush (Grade 5)
     Chinese Immigrants and the California Gold Rush (Grade 8)
     Jason Earns His Wings (Grade 5)
     The Golden State (Grade 3)
     California Condors (Grade 6)
     Pam Munoz Ryan--Ethnic Smorgasbord (Grade 6)
     Ethnic Smorgasbord (Grade 6)
     Surrounded by Fame - Maria Shriver (Grade 9)
     The History of Red Ribbon Week (Grade 8)
     Richard Nixon - The End of a Decade (Grade 9)

(Grades 3-5)
     "Louis, the Yard Teacher"
     Lemony Snicket's Handler
     Listen to the Old Ones
     Scott O'Dell-Stories From...
     That's Life, Charlie Brown - The Story of Charles Schulz
     Written Story-Telling
(Grades 6-8)
     Arnold Lobel
     Babe Didrikson Zaharias
     Blowin' Down That Old Dusty Road
     Carroll O'Connor
     Charlayne Hunter-Gault
     Desi Arnaz
     Ed Yost, Father of Modern Hot Air Ballooning
     Ellen Lauri Ochoa: World's First Hispanic Woman Astronaut
     Ethnic Smorgasbord
     Eve Bunting, Author
     Evelyn Ashford
     Gary Paulsen
     Gennifer Choldenko: Billboard For a Book
     Hattie McDaniel
     James Pierson Beckwourth
     Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR Driver
     Julia Child
     Kristi Yamaguchi
     Levi Strauss and Blue Jeans
     Lois Lowry
     Luis Walter Alvarez
     Marlon Brando
     Mel Blanc - the Man with 1,000 Voices
     Nolan Ryan
     Pam Munoz Ryan--Ethnic Smorgasbord
     Pete Fountain
     Robert Louis Stevenson
     Ronald Reagan
     Sarah Vaughn: The Divine One
     Shirley Temple
     Slim Pickens
     Steve Fossett: American Adventurer
     Taking the World by Storm
     The Life of Peggy Fleming
     The World's Favorite Cowboy
     Tom Brady
     Tracy Austin
     Walt Disney
(Grades 9-12)
     Condoleezza Rice
     Dr. Mae Jemison: A True Explorer
     Eldridge Cleaver
     George W. G. Ferris
     Kofi Annan
     Maria Tallchief - The Light of Two Worlds
     Michael J. Fox - A Lucky Man
     Michelle Kwan
     Pablo Picasso, the Inventor of Cubism
     Scott Carpenter
     Surrounded by Fame - Maria Shriver
     Tiger Woods

Daily Themes
(Grades 1-2)
     The New Girl
(Grades 3-5)
     "Texas Rose"
     Best Friends
     Blasted Off Twice
     Don’t Blow the Record!
     Full of Dreams
     Hot! Hot! Hot!
     It's Not Easy Being Green
     Johnny Unitas
     Klondike Miners
     May the Force Be With You
     Mickey Mouse's Birthday!
     Mr. "Spruce Goose"
     Mr. McDonald's
     Out In Front
     Purple Pup
     Ramon = Nomar
     Stormin' Norman
     Swimming Star
     The Golden State
     What Did You Say?
(Grades 6-8)
     American Modern Dance
     Flying Disc Fun
     Gold Rush!
     Jeff Gordon
     Navajo Code Talkers
     Occupation: Funmaker — Steven Spielberg
     Republic Day in Pakistan
     Special Journey, Special Day
     Swallows Return To Capistrano
     Who Invented Lollipops?
(Grades 9-12)
     America's Number One Snack

(no assigned grade level)
     Jackie Robinson
     Kit Carson
     Nigeria - Geography
     Plate Tectonics
     The Eruption of Mount St. Helens
     Walt Disney – The Great Animator
     What Ever Happened to Amelia Earhart?
     Woman of Flight -- Amelia Earhart
(Grades 1-2)
     Wylie the Wolf
(Grades 3-5)
     Among Gorillas
     An E-mail from Foster Fog
     Angel Island
     Beverly Cleary
     Big, Black Blizzards!
     Biomes and Ecosystems
     Blue Whales
     Blue-Footed Boobies
     Cariboo Gold
     Chocolate Chip Cookie Dreams
     Devils Postpile National Monument
     Did They Land Before Columbus?
     Dr. Seuss - A Man with an Imagination
     Dream Catcher - The Life of Ernie Pepion
     Earth Has Its Faults
     Estevanico the Explorer
     Flowing from a River Near You
     From Mildred to Babe
     Fun in the Sun...California Style!
     Hardscrabble Christmas III
     Hawaii: The Island State
     Henry Clay
     Heroes of September 11
     How an Owl Stopped The Lumberjacks
     Hudson Bay Furs
     Hudson's Bay Company
     I Am an Immigrant
     Jake and Jackie Prepare to Fly
     James K. Polk
     Jason Earns His Wings
     Joshua Tree National Park
     Keith Interviews a Dragon
     Keith Interviews Carla Condor
     Kids Konnected
     Lewis and Clark Cross the Rocky Mountains
     Lewis and Clark: A New World (Natural History)
     Making Money
     More Than Up and Down
     No Surprises in Your Water
     Olympic Speed Skating
     Pony Express- St. Joseph, Missouri
     Push + Pull = Bridge?
     Rachel Interviews Hasan the Hissing Cockroach
     Redwood National and State Parks
     Sarah Winnemucca - Paiute Princess
     See Sally Ride Through Space
     Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
     She WILL Skate (**REMOVED: She pulled out... Only relevant to 2006**)
     Slavery in the West
     The Compromise of 1850
     The Gold Rush
     The Importance of National Parks
     The Pony Express
     The Seal of Approval
     The Smile That Traveled Around the World
     Touring the United States Regions
     Wagon Trains
     Wendy's World- Migration
     What Are Earthquakes?
     Why Do We Need Laws, Anyway?
     Zach and His Little Red Wagon
     ~NAME2~ Okapi Sticks His Neck Out
(Grades 6-8)
     "Dutch" Reagan
     "Fore" - The History of Golf
     A Mountain of Garbage
     A Woman Joins the Supreme Court
     Adventurous Women
     Al "Scarface" Capone
     All About the Biathlon
     America's New Year Celebration: The Tournament of Roses
     Animals in the Ocean: the Biggest and the Smallest
     Arizona - The True Wild, Wild West
     At McDonald's
     Belle Starr
     Bessie Coleman: "World's Greatest Woman Flyer"
     Betty Ford
     Beware of the Coastal Invaders!
     Black Blizzards and the Dust Bowl
     Bonnie Dunbar: From Farm Girl to Astronaut
     Books Tell the Story
     Boy, Oh, Boysenberry!
     Bryce Canyon
     Building an Empire
     Cable Cars
     California Condors
     California Missions
     Calvin Coolidge
     Cariboo Gold
     Cave Diving
     Cesar Chavez
     Channel Islands National Park
     Charlie Chaplin - The Tramp
     Children of Japanese Relocation Camps
     Chinese Immigrants and the California Gold Rush
     Cold Water with Hidden Surprises
     Controversy at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Torch Relay
     Creation of the Post Office Department
     Cults - Religion Gone Wrong
     Danny, Betsy, and Turkeys 4 America
     Death Valley National Park
     Destruction - The Dirty Thirties
     Does Anybody Know What Time It Is?
     Doris Gates
     Earth Movements and Time Zones
     Earth Movers - Water
     Earth's Tectonic Plates
     Economy of the West Region
     Edwin Hubble: Father of Observational Cosmology
     Ellis Island of the West - Angel Island
     Emily Carr: Mother of Canada's Modern Art
     Endangered Animals!
     Endangered Dolphins
     Exploring North America - Its Water
     Exploring North America - The Landforms
     Extreme Skiing
     Fame Can Be Found in Many Ways
     Famous Immigrants
     Fault-Block Mountains and Valleys
     Florence Griffith Joyner: World's Fastest Woman
     Florence Harding
     From Colony to Independence
     From Rivers to Oceans
     Fun Fads of the Fab Fifties
     Gary Paulsen
     General Sherman
     George Vancouver
     Grand Canyon
     Gray Whale Migration
     Great Basin National Park
     Health Crises in Tanzania: Rehema's Story
     History of the National Park Service
     Hoover Dam
     How Does a Seismograph Work?
     How the West was Settled
     How Windmills Work
     Hybrid Cars Update
     Idaho: The Gem State
     Jack Hays, Texas Ranger
     Javed in Pakistan: A Problem with Illiteracy
     Javed's Schooling in Pakistan
     Jean Studies U.S. Geography
     Karen Cushman
     Kathleen Karr
     Kid Inventors
     Lassen Volcanic National Park
     Lee Chew - Chinese-American
     Lou Hoover
     Manifest Destiny
     Mapping our Geosphere
     Max the Golden Retriever Stays at Paws Palace
     Melting Glaciers
     Mexican-American War
     Monarchs on the Move: A Southern Migration
     Mouseketeer Annette
     Muir Woods National Monument
     My New Red Shoes
     Nancy Lopez
     Nancy Pelosi, Lady of Power
     Nancy Reagan
     Native Americans of the Northwest Coast Area
     Native Americans of the Plateau and Great Basin Area
     New York State
     North America
     Old Glory
     Olympic Swimming
     Passing Plates II - Who's Fault?
     Paul Fleischman
     Plate Boundaries - Earth's Bumper Cars
     Pony Express
     Push + Pull = Bridge?
     Ralph Bunche
     Ramblin' Around - Life on the Move in the 30s
     Rehema's Story: Health Crises in Tanzania
     Richard Nixon
     Ronald Reagan
     Sargent Claude Johnson
     Sasha - A Real Ice Princess
     Shake, Rattle, Richter!
     Shaun White
     Sidewalk Surfing
     Skiing the Slopes
     Slavery and the Law
     Square Root Day
     Standing Up for Workers - Cesar Estrada Chavez
     Taking a Ride into Space
     Temperate Rain Forests
     The Artistry of Water
     The Australian Gold rush
     The Battle to Create a State: Arizona
     The Black Hills, Where Two Worlds Met
     The Case of the Missing Deed
     The Chinese Exclusion Act
     The Dust Bowl
     The Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906
     The Great Zamboni
     The History of Red Ribbon Week
     The History of the Bear Flag of California
     The History of Tsunamis
     The Loss of the Honeybees
     The Louisiana Purchase
     The Mouse Finds a House
     The Northwest
     The San Francisco Earthquake
     The Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918
     The Transcontinental Railroad
     The Yosemite Indians of the Ahwahnee Valley
     Unsolved Mystery - Bigfoot
     Virginia City - A Boom Town
     Voices of the West - African American Pioneers
     Voices of the West - Nat Love
     W. O. Mitchell
     Warren Harding
     Water, Water, Everywhere
     West to Freedom - African American Pioneers
     West to Freedom - Nat Love and Bill Pickett
     What Is a Tsunami?
     What Is Scientology
     What Variety of Pizza Do You Like?
     Where Have the Honeybees Gone?
     Who Named This Place?
     Who Thought Up This Food?
     Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On!
     Why Did Russians Come to America?
     Why Do We Have Earth Day?
     Wind Energy
     Wind Farms
     Yearning to Breathe Free-Immigration in the 1890s, Pt. 1
     Yosemite National Park
     You Want Fuel With That?
(Grades 9-12)
     "Seizing" Up the Quake: The Prediction
     Amelia Mary Earhart
     Campaign Changes - 1960
     Compromises of 1820 and 1850
     Earthquakes and Our Society
     Ernest J. Gaines
     FDR's New Deal - Social Security
     Growing Mountains
     Health Insurance
     Helen Hunt Jackson Writes for the Native Americans
     Jean Ferris
     John Steinbeck
     Joseph Heller
     Languages of the Spanish World
     Mineral Super Store
     Rails across America - "Done!" The Last Spike
     Rails across America - The Beginning
     Richard Nixon - The End of a Decade
     Robert Kennedy
     Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins: Native American Author and Educator
     Sid Fleischman
     The "Japanese Problem" of WWII - A Struggle of Fear and Freedom
     The Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964
     The Navajo Wars
     The Rose Bowl Game: "The Granddaddy of Them All"
     The United Nations Becomes a Reality
     Thornton Wilder
     United States Immigration Laws 1900-1960
     United States Immigration Laws in the 18th and 19th Centuries
     Whose Signature Is On Your Dollar Bill?
     Willa Cather

(no assigned grade level)
     Great Aunt Ella's Treasures

(Grades 3-5)
     Big Cats from the Ice Age
(Grades 6-8)
     Blue-Footed Booby - Introduction
     Blue-Footed Booby
     California Condors
     Flying Fish
     Rain Forests are Amazing!
     Sea Otters

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