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?
Franciscan Father Pedro Font wrote a journal during his 1775-76 trip on the Anza Trail. Font suffered from culture shock, and his journals are a study in personal bigotry. However, by the time Font reached California he had grown more tolerant and wrote less insulting things about the tribes he met along the way. More...