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Web-based lesson

Author: Carolyn Schiber

CCSS Social Studies 4.1.4 Students demonstrate an understanding of the physical and human geographic

features that define places and regions in California.

Objective: Students will be able to identify the locations of the Pacific Ocean, rivers, valleys, and mountain passes and

explain their effects on the growth of towns.

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This is the Big Idea short response quiz. This will be your exit slip in order to leave class today.

California Geography

This is the geography of California. Here you can see the major geological features of California that we will be discussing today. Please locate the Klamath Mountains, Cascade Mountains, Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the Coastal Mountains. Now locate the Sacramento Valley, as well as the San Joaquin Valley. Do you notice how the Sacramento River runs right through both of these large valleys? It is for this reason that many farmers have decided to settle in these valleys, and why these valleys have become some of the largest agriculture producing regions in the world. 

Source: North America. (2017, April 07). Retrieved December 04, 2017, from

Watch the video and pay close attention to the geographical features of California.

Source: California - Fast Facts (Geography, Cities, History and More). (2012, February 06). Retrieved December 04, 2017, from

This is the Big Idea short response quiz. Your response to this google form will be your exit slip out of class.

Source: How are the Areas of California Different. (2013, October 21). Retrieved December 04, 2017, from