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?
Juan Bautista de Anza, who established the Anza Trail, led more than 240 settlers up the California coast in 1775. They experienced a 3 minute earthquake one day. Another day they saw crude oil bubbling out of the ground and found more oil on the beach as it bubbled up and washed ashore. More...