Missions - Every year, California 4th graders study the
California Missions. This website is a great resource for
information on this period in California history.
California Missions Virtual Tour
Missions - This ThinkQuest site was created in 1996 by
Tobin Fricke and Lauren Bradford, two southern California high
school juniors. It's an excellent resource for elementary school
The Spanish Missions of California
Historical Fiction - Every Spring, students in 4th Grade
are required to read an Historical Fiction novel, and then become
one of the characters in that novel for a presentation on Open
House night. The following websites may help you and your child
to find a great book. Many titles on these lists are available
in Wildwood's Library. Please note, however, that these links
list books for reading and grade levels from 4th to 8th grades.
Be sure that your child chooses one appropriate both in
reading level and in content.
Franklin Middle School Library Site Historical Fiction by Date
Historical Fiction - Click on this excellent site and
scroll down to "Historical Fiction" to find titles. When you
click on a title, you will be taken to their library's MARC
record for that book, which will list a more in-depth description
of the plot, and list the suggested reading level.
Morton Grove "Webrary"
State History - The California Historical Society's
webpage should be a first stop for all 4th grade students and
their parents, whether you're studying European exploration,
rancho life, or the Missions! Click anywhere on the timeline to
California Historical Society
Calisphere The University of California's online digital
resource site is FABULOUS!!!
California Missions Here is a specific Calisphere link
that will take you directly to primary source material from each
A to Z Kids Stuff - California This link will take you
directly to the California page on the child-friendly Kidsstuff
site. From there you can click on any highlighted link to be
taken to librarian-selected websites that explore people, places,
and things that have something to do with California and its
A to Z Kids Stuff - California
This USGS (United States Geological Society) website page
features lots of great information on California's volcanic
areas, including dates of most recent eruptions and potential for
California Volcanoes and Volcanic Areas
Did you know that California has over 45 lighthouses? Not all
are still in operation, but many are. Did you know that you can
spend the night in one of our lighthouses? To find out
information on these wonderful, historical places, just click on
a lighthouse name. You will find photos, history, and visitor