Atlas  Lesson  Plans

Lesson plans that use the California Atlas. Many of these lesson plans were developed for professional development workshops conducted by the California Geographic Alliance. Lesson Plans include the target grade, subject and California Academic Content Standards.

As California is a changing state, we appreciate the feedback of educators using these lessons so that they may be improved. Please send us your feedback, and be sure to list the specific lesson and suggestions. If you have developed your own lesson plan based on the California Atlas that you would like to contribute, we would love to hear from you!

California Atlas Lessons are in PDF format. Click on a lesson title to view in a new browser page; or right-click to download to your computer.


Grade Subject Title/Link Standards
California Geography [download id=”128″ template=”title”] History-Social Science 4.1
History-Social Science [download id=”131″ template=”title”] History-Social Science 4.1, 4.4.6, 4.4.7
Geography, Language Arts, Fine Arts Where are California’s Commodities Produced? History-Social Science 4.4.6; English-Language Arts (Dec. 1997) 1.0
History-Social Science & English/Language Arts California Native Americans and their Physical Environment (pg. 1)
California Native Americans & Their Physical Environments Matrix (pg. 2)
History-Social Science 4.1, 4.1.3, 4.2, 4.2.1
History-Social Sciences California Gold Rush
Attachments for CA Gold Rush
History-Social Science 4.3.2; English-Language Arts (Dec. 1997) Listening and Speaking 1.1, 1.8
Writing Activities
Literature Connections
Atlas Exploration: Adult Scavenger Hunt
Atlas Exploration: Student Scavenger Hunt