On this page you will find some lesson plans and learning activities that use the California Atlas. As California is a changing state, we know that teachers are continually updating these materials and developing their own strategies for using the atlas. We appreciate the feedback of educators and would be happy to share your lesson plans and learning activities (with attribution, of course!). Please send feedback or materials to email@example.com.
California Atlas Lessons are in PDF format. You can access a free download of Adobe Acrobat Reader here. Click on a lesson title to view in a new browser page; or right-click to download to your computer.
Map Reading and Interpretation Guide (for teachers and students)
Learning Activities and Lesson Plans
> Geographer’s Notebook worksheets are linked from the table of contents page.
> Atlas Exploration: Student Scavenger Hunt
> “I Have, Who Has?” Vocabulary Building Game
> Where are California’s Commodities Produced? (2-day lesson plan)
> Where I Live (1-hour lesson plan)
> California Atlas Literature Connections
> California Atlas Writing Activities
> Earthquake Hazards
> Temperature Extremes
> Explorers, Adventurers, and Settlers
> Farms and Cities Compete for Space
> Native Americans in California
> Water Resources
(use the map reading and interpretation guide for support with inquiries)
Professional Learning Materials
> Geography for Life, 2nd Edition
> Geography in California’s HSS Standards and Framework