California Printables

California printables
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Facts About California

California Printables
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California was admitted to the Union on September 9, 1850, becoming the 31st state. 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!

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. Find the names among the jumbled letters. To learn more, look up the mission locations on a map.

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California Capitals of the World Vocabulary

Print the pdf: California Capitals of the World Vocabulary Sheet

Many California cities are known as the "world capital" of various crops and products. Print this vocabulary sheet to learn about some of the most popular. 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 you remember each world capital. Fill out 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. Circle the correct answer for each world capital from the multiple choice answers given. 

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California Alphabet Activity

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

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California Draw and Write

Print the pdf: California Draw and Write Page.

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 they've learned and write about it on the blank lines provided.

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California State Bird and Flower Coloring Page

Print the pdf: State Bird and Flower Coloring Page 

The California state flower is the California poppy. The state bird is the California quail. Color this page and do some research to see what you learn 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. Color it and review what you've learned about the California missions.

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California Coloring Page - Memorable California Events

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Print this coloring page and learn about the memorable events from California history that are depicted.

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California State Map

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Print this California state map and fill in 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