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The study of the Early California Missions is part of California’s 4th Grade Curriculum. At Rising Star our study involves a visit to a California Mission, the writing of a descriptive essay , and the creation of a model of the student’s Mission of choice.


With the project , the students gain knowledge about the mission period of California history by engaging in a task that requires critical thinking and creativity. They also build Common Core aligned skills in informational reading and making presentations. It is multi-curricular as it includes social studies, language arts, art, and even some mathematics.