Experience our most popular standards-aligned school programs in this pre-recorded format that will enhance your lessons and student objectives. Includes opportunities for hands-on activities with material recommendations. Classes can be navigated for either individual or group work.
Native Land, Native People (recommended for grades 3-5)
San Diego is often called America’s finest city. Indeed, its weather is beautiful, there is fantastic entertainment, and it is a melting pot of culture. From the coast to the desert, it is also home to a fascinating variety of plants and animals. But today we are faced with issues such as biodiversity loss, pollution, and climate change. Before there were roads winding through the mountains and boardwalks jutting into the Pacific, San Diego County looked quite different.
This lesson explores the deep connection the Kumeyaay People—our region’s first inhabitants—had with nature. Students will discover how the beliefs and cultural practices of Kumeyaay ancestors allowed them to thrive in the natural world while also preserving and protecting it. How can your students apply this to the way we live today?
Time: 25 minutes
Theme(s): Kumeyaay history and culture; regional history; human impacts, cause and effect; environmental stewardship
Standard: Social Studies, Science, ELA
This virtual class pairs well with the virtual Coast to Cactus virtual field trip and teacher guides. We'd also like to give special thanks to the Barona Museum and Cultural Center and the San Diego Zooarchaeology Lab.
Amazing Arthropods (recommended for grades K–2)
Arthropods are interdependent on all life and serve an important role on Earth.
Rockin’ with Fossils (recommended for grade 4)
Take the long journey through geologic time and learn how rocks and fossils form the Earth’s crust.