California State Printables

Free Printable Workheets, Including Crosswords and Word Searches

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California was admitted to the Union on September 9, 1850, becoming the 31st state. The state was originally settled by Spanish explorers, but came under the control of Mexico when that country declared its independence from Spain.

The United States gained control over California after the Mexican-American War. Settlers looking to get rich quick flocked to the territory after gold was discovered there in 1849. The territory became a U.S. state the following year.

Covering 163,696 square miles, California is the 3rd largest state in the U.S. It's a state of extremes featuring both the highest (Mt. Whitney) and lowest (Badwater Basin) points in the continental United States.

California's climate is just as varied, ranging from sub-tropical along the southern coast to subalpine in the northern mountains. There are even deserts in between!

Because it sits on the San Andreas Fault, California is home to many earthquakes. The state averages 10,000 quakes a year.

Use these printables to facilitate your student's research about the state of California. Use the internet or resources from your library to complete the worksheets.

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California Missions Wordsearch

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California is home to 21 missions established by Catholic priests on behalf of Spain. The Spanish missions, built between 1769 and 1823 from San Diego to San Francisco Bay, were established to convert Native Americans to Catholicism.
The word search lists each of the missions. Students can find the names among the jumbled letters. To encourage further study, ask students to look up the mission locations on a map.

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California Capitals of the World Vocabulary

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Many California cities are known as the "world capital" of various crops and products. Print this vocabulary sheet to introduce your students to some of the most popular. Children should use the internet or library resources to match each city to its correct world capital.

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California Capitals of the World Crossword Puzzle

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See how well your students remember each world capital. They should complete the crossword puzzle by choosing the correct city from the word bank based on the clues provided.

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California Challenge

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Challenge your students to see how well they've learned California's world capitals. Children should circle the correct answer for each from the multiple choice answers provided 

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California Alphabet Activity

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Students can practice their alphabetizing skills by placing these California cities in correct alphabetical order.

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California Draw and Write

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Use this draw and write page to allow your children to demonstrate what they've learned about California. Students can draw a picture depicting something related to the state and write about their drawing on the blank lines provided.

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California State Bird and Flower Coloring Page

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California's state flower is the California poppy. The state bird is the California quail. Let your students color this page and do some research to see what they can discover about each.

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California Coloring Page - California Mission Santa Barbara

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This coloring page depicts the Spanish mission in Santa Barbara. As your students color it, encourage them to review what they've learned about the California missions.

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California Coloring Page - Memorable California Events

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Print this coloring page to help students learn about memorable events from California's history.

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California State Map

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Teach your students about the geography of California, Print this blank outline map and instruct them to use an atlas to complete it. Students should label the state capital, major cities, and major landforms such as mountains and deserts. 

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California Gold Rush Coloring Page

California Gold Rush Coloring Page
California Gold Rush Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez

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James W. Marshall accidentally found gold in the riverbed at Sutter's Mill in Colima, California. On December 5, 1848, President James K. Polk delivered a message before U.S. Congress confirming that large amounts of gold had been discovered in California. Soon waves of immigrants from around the world invaded the Gold Country of California or the "Mother Lode". Squatters soon took over Sutter's land and stole his crops and cattle. The gold-seekers were called "Forty-niners".

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Lassen Volcanic National Park Coloring Page

Lassen Volcanic National Park Coloring Page
Lassen Volcanic National Park Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez

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Lassen Volcanic National Park was established on August 9, 1916, by the joining of Cinder Cone National Monument and Lassen Peak National Monument. Lassen Volcanic National Park is located in northeastern California and features mountains, volcanic lakes, and hot springs. All four types of volcanoes can be found in Lassen Volcanic National Park: plug dome, shield, cinder cone and strato-volcanoes.

Updated by Kris Bales

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Hernandez, Beverly. "California State Printables." ThoughtCo, Feb. 16, 2021, Hernandez, Beverly. (2021, February 16). California State Printables. Retrieved from Hernandez, Beverly. "California State Printables." ThoughtCo. (accessed January 29, 2023).