Pacific Region 
See our curriculum sheets for additional information.

Core Topics

  • Geography (Land, Climate, Resources, States)
  • History (Gold Rush, Railroads, Alaska, Hawaii)
  • States (Economy, Major Cities, People, Important Places)

Lesson Plans/Units

West:  Bibliography  Houghton-Mifflin created this bibliography of books for independent reading and reading aloud.

Online Activities/Projects/Background Materials

Northwest Indians

Virtual Tour of America's Old West

WayBack: Gold Rush  The Sacramento Bee created this site to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the California gold rush.

The California Gold Rush  The Kidport Reference Library has a list of links to information about the gold rush.

California Gold Rush!   Education Planet has compiled a list of Internet resources including lesson plans, online activities, and background information.

Gold Rush! California's Untold Story  The Oakland Museum of California created this online exhibit which includes curriculum materials.

Life Along the Faultline    The Exploratorium has created an online exhibit about earthquakes including a multimedia presentation about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

Compact Histories of the First Nations

American West

New Perspectives on the West



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