Lessons by Grade Level: Elementary

    Elementary Lessons & Resources*

    K-5 Picture Book Recommendation List (Get lost in a picture book)

    Kindergarten - Understanding Now and Long Ago

    What Does it Mean to be an American? (Kindergarten primary source set)

    Work Long Ago (Kindergarten primary source set)

    School Safety (Kindergarten primary source set)

    1st Grade - Time and Space

    School Rules (1st grade primary source set)

    What is my Community Like (1st grade primary source set)

    Life Now Compared to Life Long Ago (1st grade primary source set)

    Many People One Nation (1st grade primary source set)

    Schools Over Time (1st grade primary source set)

    Cost and Consequences (1st grade primary source set)

    Symbols of the U.S. (1st grade primary source set)

    2nd Grade - People Who Make a Difference

    Heroes - Royal Towns (2nd grade primary source set)

    Heroes (2nd grade primary source set)

    People Remember the Past (2nd grade primary source set)

    Why do People Move? (2nd grade primary source set)

    How Food Gets to the Table (2nd grade primary source set)

    Government Institutions (2nd grade primary source set)

    African American Biographies (2nd grade primary source set) 

    3rd Grade - Community History

    Native Californian Communitie(3rd grade primary source set)

    Why Did People Settle in California? (3rd grade primary source set)

    Community (3rd grade primary source set)

    4th Grade - California History

    California Natural Environment (4th grade primary source set)

    California Indians - Pre-Columbian to Mexican Rancho period (4th grade primary source set)

    California Indians & the Mission System (4th grade lesson)

    California Missions, the Environment, and the Economy (4th grade primary source set)

    California Missions, the Environment, and the Economy -SPANISH (4th grade primary source set)

    California Missions' Impact on People (4th grade primary source set)

    Literacy Support for California Indians Source Sets (4th grade)

    California's Diverse Population (4th grade primary source set)

    Water and Growth (4th grade primary source set)

    Discovery of Gold (4th grade primary source set)

    Local Government - Bike Lanes (4th grade primary source set)

    Separate is Never Equal: Before Linda Brown, there was Sylvia Mendez (4th grade lesson)

    5th Grade US History & Geography (Exploration - 18th C. US History)

    Native American Systems of Government (5th grade primary source set)

    Age of Exploration (5th grade primary source set)

    Interactions between Native Americans and European Explorers (5th grade primary source set)

    People of Colonial America (5th grade primary source set)

    Slavery in the Colonies (5th grade primary source set)

    The Stamp Act (5th grade lesson)

    Road to the American Revolution (5th grade lesson)

    Road to the American Revolution (5th grade primary source set)

    Women and the American Revolution (5th grade primary source set)

    Founding of the US (5th grade lesson)

    Articles of Confederation (5th grade primary source set)

    Introduction to the Constitution (5th grade lesson)

    The Constitution (5th grade primary source set)

    Westward Expansion (5th grade primary source set)

    Patriots and Grievances (5th grade primary source set)

    *Notes:

    • Many of these resources cannot be completed independently – they will require parental and / or sibling involvement at some level.  
    • For those resources marked as lessons, you'll find step by step directions.  
    • Those resources marked as primary source sets are designed to be used in historical investigations where students are asked a question (included), and then through careful review of the evidence in the set, develop their own interpretations in response.