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This was a lesson created for Grade 3 students to complement what they learn about the early settlers of California.

Diseños are maps and plans of the early ranchos. The students looked at images of diseños from the UCLA Special collection; Charles E. Young Research Library.


We talked about what information needed to be in their map as well as why it would have been important to the early settlers. It was a great opportunity to reintroduce the compass rose and map terms.

Students created line drawings of their own rancho as if they were an settler. They used black marker then filled in with color. They could use watercolor, marker, crayon or colored pencil.

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