California Mission 4th Grade Project

My son has his required California mission project. All 4th graders in CA have it.

Step 1: Choose one of the 21 missions and go visit. (San Diego has 2, but my son wanted to visit the San Gabriel mission, about 2 hours away north from us)

step 2: Take as many pictures as you can and grab as much free info from the gift shop or visitor entrance.

Step 3: If you’re lucky like us, you’ll experience something unique that you can relate in your report. Our special anecdote: The son of the Tongva/Gabrielino-Diegueno Band of mission Indians’ chief was blessing a patch of land in the middle of the center garden of the mission. The city had unearthed some human bones outside the city while laying tracks. The Tongva Tribal Council asked for a piece to be buried in the sacred path for natives in the mission cemetery. How special was THAT!

Step 4: Stop by Home Depot and buy a sheet of insulating foam.

Step 5: Stop by Michaels or toy shop to buy some miniature people and trees. (unless you already have some at home)

Step 7: Paint a piece of board. I dropped from yellow and blue paint directly on the board and mixed them on the board. It gave a nice green with some areas a bit more yellow and others a bit darker with the blue.

Step 6: Cut, glue, paint all the pieces of the mission in the foam together.

Step 7: Add your miniature people, trees and garden rocks on the board around the mission.


Do you have a 4th grader in CA? Please share his mission project here! Here is a place listing all 21 missions.

>>Another great project, is to have your child build the mission in Minecraft (the Minecraft classic is free), have him/her prepare a narration, while you use Screenr to create a video with your child’s voice over while you move the camera around. Just make sure the teacher does not veto the project because “the digital media option is not listed on the 3 choices to complete the project.” Just saying….


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2 Comments on “California Mission 4th Grade Project”

  1. April 20, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    ah, yeah. don’t forget the roof. 🙂 we used the inside layer of a cardboard. You know, the corrugated layer. It’s perfect for it.

  2. sabinereljic
    April 25, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    I saw some really cool missions made out of Legos, molding clay, construction paper, etc. There are a few on display in several CA community libraries. Go see them!

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