L.A. is more wild than you think! Come celebrate the transformation of NHM into an indoor-outdoor Museum!
This portion of the program is a simulation of archaeological field site in the Santa Monica Mountains. Students will assume the role of archaeologists conducting research to determine what made this site a good place for the Chumash to live. Working as archaeologists, students will make observations, excavate objects and piece together clues from the past to understand the Chumash peoples of California.
This portion of the program is a simulation of research conducted in the laboratory. Students will assume the roles of archaeologists and analyze replicas of artifacts based on real data from archaeological sites in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties to draw conclusions about daily life. By interpreting and contextualizing material culture, students learn that the Chumash peoples of the past were a complex society thriving in Southern California, a land rich in natural resources.
Thank you to teachers who contributed lessons including Marisa Andrade, Christina Bludau, Leslie Huey, Juana Medina, Jenifer Roosevelt and Carol Williard.
Science and Engineering Practices
1. Asking questions and defining problems
2. Developing and using models
3. Planning and carrying out investigations
4. Analyzing and interpreting data
5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
6. Constructing explanations and designing solutions
7. Engaging in argument from evidence
8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
2. Cause and effect
3. Scale, proportion, and quantity
3.1 Students describe the physical and human geography and use maps, tables, graphs, photographs, and charts to organize information about people, places, and environments in a spatial context.
1. Identify geographical features in their local region (e.g., deserts, mountains, valleys, hills, coastal areas, oceans, lakes).
2. Trace the ways in which people have used the resources of the local region and modified the physical environment.
3.2 Students describe the American Indian nations in their local region long ago and in the recent past.
1. Discuss the ways in which physical geography, including climate, influenced how the local Indian nations adapted to their natural environment (e.g., how they obtained food, clothing, tools).
4.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the physical and human geographic features that define places and regions in California.
3. Identify the state capital and describe the various regions of California, including how their characteristics and physical environments (e.g., water, landforms, vegetation, climate) affect human activity.
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.
4.2 Students describe the social, political, cultural, and economic life and interactions among people of California from the pre-Columbian societies to the Spanish mission and Mexican rancho periods.
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 land and use of sea resources.
English Language Arts
SL.3-5.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
L.3-5.6 Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships
RI.3-5.3 Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
W.3-5.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
W.3-5.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
MP.5 Use appropriate tools strategically.