California Missions

California Missions

Author: Maribel Romero

California Content Standard:
4.2 Students describe the social, political, cultural, and economic life and interactions among people of California from the pre-Columbian societies to the Spanish mission and Mexican rancho periods.
     3.  Describe the Spanish exploration and colonization of California, including the
          relationships among soldiers, missionaries, and Indians (e.g., Juan Crespi,     
         Junipero Serra, Gaspar de Portola).


Grade Level 4

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For this assignment, you will work in groups of 4.  As a group, access all of the links to learn about California missions.  After you access all of the links, you will complete a multiple choice quiz as a group.  You may go back to any of the resources for reference if needed.  Finally, you will answer an essay questions on your own.  Your response must include a minimum of five sentences.

California Missions Powerpoint

Mission Locations and Resources

This link contains information on each mission and map locations:

List of Missions

Mission Resources

The following link takes you to the California Mission Resource Center

Essay Question

On a piece of paper answer the following question:

Explain four reasons why Father Junipero Serra and other missionaries built missions in California.