Grade 4: California: A Changing State

Material focuses on a series of changes that have taken place on the San Fransisco Bay shore
Relevance of Emeryville Shellmound Material
4.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the physical and human geographic features that define places and regions in California.
The Emeryville Shellmound is identified as a geographically significant place in its natural and  cultural setting. 
4.1-3 Identify the state capital and describe the various regions of California, including how their characteristics and  physical environment affect human activity
Students will observe the strong connection between the bay and its shores as geographic features and prehistoric life ways around the bay.
4.1-4 Identify the locations of the Pacific Ocean, rivers, valleys and mountain passes and explain their effects upon the growth of towns
Modern and historic maps of the Bay Region on the website emphasize the influence of the ocean, the bay and local fresh water sources on settlement patterns in the Bay Region since prehistoric times.
4.1-5 Use maps, charts, and pictures to describe how communities in California vary in land use, vegetation, wildlife, climate, population density, architecture, services, and  transportation.
Historic photos and maps show Emeryville, as a settlement strongly influenced by the bay, as a context for comparison with other regions of California.
4.2 Students describe the social, political, cultural and economic life and interactions among people in California from the pre-Columbian societies to the Spanish mission and Mexican rancho periods. 
The prehistoric life ways of the Emeryville Shellmound hunter-gatherers provide early part of the spectrum of life ways found in California history.
4.2-1 Discuss the major nations of California Indians, including their geographic distribution, economic activities, legends, and religious beliefs; and describe how they depended on, adapted to and modified the physical environment by cultivation of the land and use of sea resources.
Bay Region Native Americans represent a life way of most of the native people of central California; focus is environmental adaptations to bay and coast
4.4 Students explain how California became an agricultural and industrial power, tracing the transformation of the California economy and its political and cultural development since the 1850s.
The development of Shellmound Park; and subsequent industries focus locally
4.4-4 Describe rapid American immigration, internal migration, settlement, and the growth of towns, and cities
Growth and industrialization and subsequent redevelopment of Emeryville are good local examples