Teaching the Anza Trail
Teaching the Anza Trail: Five-day Curriculum for Grades 3-4 The curriculum has five 1-hour lesson plans that can be completed consecutively or separately. Each student role plays as one of the 1776 Anza Expedition members and experiences the journey through a variety of activities and reflections.
The list below includes the lesson plans, background information, and activity cards in PDF files. For more information or suggestions, contact the Anza Trail staff at (510) 817-1323.
Day 1- Horcasitas to Gila River
Day 2 - Gila River to the Colorado River
Day 3 - Colorado River to San Gabriel Mission
Day 4 - San Gabriel Mission to San Luis Obispo Mission
Day 4 - Activity Cards A&B
Day 4 - Activity Cards C&D
Day 4 - Activity Card E
Day 5 - San Luis Obispo Mission to Monterey Presidio and San Francisco
Expedition Members - 15 years later
Expedition Members Identification Activity Cards 1-12
Expedition Members Identification Activity Cards 13-24
Expedition Members Identification Activity Cards 25-37
Did You Know?
In 1775, Spanish Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza led more than 240 people and one thousand cattle and horses on a journey over two thousand miles to San Francisco, which Anza founded. 150 of Anza's charges were children under sixteen. Eight of the women were pregnant; several gave birth along the way. More...