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California Missions and More! Downloadable Musical Play with Printables

California Missions and More!
Bad Wolf Press
Mp3 Vocal & Instrumental Tracks with PDF Script; PDF Sheet Music
Grades 2-6

JB, a Hollywood director, is making a movie -- a tour of early California up to statehood. We'll join her and the cast and crew on the set to watch all the drama of California history unfold. The story begins just before the arrival of Cabrillo in 1542, when we're introduced to the varied Native American tribes settled in California. Then the Spanish arrive with their three-point expansion plan: missions, presidios, and pueblos. As Mexico achieves independence from Spain and the mission era comes to a close, we'll meet the Californios who converted the mission lands to ranches, and then learn about the many people who came west for trade, gold, and other opportunities. Our thrilling blockbuster ends with California's annexation and statehood.

California Missions -- and More reinforces students' familiarity with the following people, events, and concepts:

  • The many Native American tribes settled in California 
  • History of Spanish claims on California
  • Joseph de Galvez's expedition to Alta California for colonization and expansion
  • Purpose of missions, presidios, and pueblos
  • Establishing the missions; Junipero Serra and Don Gaspar de Portola
  • Breakup of missions after Mexico's independence from Spain; effects on the Mission Indians (Native Americans)
  • Californios/rancheros and the establishment of ranches on former mission lands
  • "Yankee" migration to California for gold and trade (Jedediah Smith)
  • James Polk and western expansion
  • Discovery of gold; John Sutter and James Marshall
  • California statehood and symbols

This play lasts 25 mins and is easy to do! No music or drama experience needed!

Song List (click MP3 Demo for clips) - Instrumentals also included. 

MP3 Demo 1. California Missions
MP3 Demo 2. Don't Call Us Indians
MP3 Demo 3. Missions, Presidios and Pueblos
MP3 Demo 4. Hear the Bells
MP3 Demo 5. Gotta Build A Mission
MP3 Demo 6. Where? Why? What?
MP3 Demo 7. We're Tired of Cattle
MP3 Demo 8. Here We Come
MP3 Demo 9. Gold, don't Say Gold
MP3 Demo 10. Eureka, California Missions (Reprise)

California Missions -- and More, filled with colorful characters and catchy tunes, is a great complement to your curriculum resources in social studies. 

Please Click Here to review the first third of this play and listen to sound clips.

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Click Here to view Common Core Standards and Vocabulary

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