Dear Parents and Students,
As you know, the fourth grade Social Studies focus is California History. Throughout the next few months, we will be studying the first settlements started in early California and the building of Spanish missions all along the West Coast. Twenty-one missions have been built in California.
Attached please find the directions and guidelines for your child’s California Mission Project. I would like this to be a learning experience for your child. Make it fun, meaningful and low stress. These projects are meant to reinforce learning. The final project should be a reflection of your child’s effort and understanding of the mission he/she studied.
Report and Project Guidelines for Students:
Your report should include:
Reports will be graded for neatness, content and effort. Your final report is due Friday, January 29th .
No reports will be accepted beyond the due date. Students have seven weeks to complete this assignment. Some class time will be given to work on this project, so notes must be brought to school regularly. Parents are encouraged to assist students, but this should be limited to organization, time management, trips to the library and encouragement.
Good luck with this report. Parents, make it fun for your child to learn about this important part of our California history. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about this report.
What is a Bibliography?
A bibliography is an alphabetical list of all the books, magazines, pamphlets, newspapers, Internet sites or people that you used in researching your topic and writing your report.
Here are some examples to follow:
Books: Author’s last name, first name. (copyright date). Title of book. City of publication: Publisher.
Example: Flower, John. (1986). How to Grow Petunias. Boston: Webster Printing Company.
Internet Resources: Website. Date found from website address.
Example: Los Angeles Times. September 11, 2001 from http://latimes.com.
People Interviewed: Last name, first name. Occupation. Address: Date contacted.
Example: Smith, Bob. Teacher. 2801 North 6th Street, St. Louis, MO 3001: November 2, 1999.
Magazines: Author’s last name, first name. (year published, month). Title of article. Title of magazine, page numbers.
Example: Plant, Alice. (1986, July). How Fertilizers Help Plants. Botanical Journal, pp. 12-14.
California Missions Project Acknowledgement Form
I have read the letter above regarding the California Missions Project. I understand that I should start finding resources on my mission. I am aware of the important dates:
December 18th Mission chosen
January 11th: Completed notes are due
January 29th: Completed report that includes:
The mission I have chosen to study is __________________
I understand that I need to now start working on my note taking. I also understand that my teacher will give me time in class to work on completing these notes; I will bring my resources to class each designated day.
Parent Signature: _______________________________
Student Signature: _____________________________