Video Summary: "How can I teach my students California's state history, integrate technology, and support a bilingual class?" This question prompted fourth-grade teacher Osvaldo Rubio to develop the lesson "California Missions."
The California Framework for state history requires students to learn about the geography of California; the social, political, cultural, and economic life of its people during the mission period; and the consequences of the meeting between the Native American and Spanish cultures. In this lesson, students begin their research, display their initial findings in projects, and present what they have learned to their classmates. This lesson leads to in-depth research over the course of several weeks and the creation of art and multimedia exhibits for parents' night, during which the students will serve as docents and explain to classroom visitors what they have learned.