Pieces of the Past School Program

Bernal Interpreter with students

-IN-PERSON- Pieces of the Past – early California history and rancho life
Location: Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch at Santa Teresa County Park​ in San Jose
Grade Level(s): K/1
Maximum Number of Students: 30
Language: English 
Program Duration: 1.5 hours (10 am -11:30 am)
Program Fee: FREE

Overview: Students will learn about the Bernal Ranch area's past inhabitants, including the Muwekma Ohlone, Californio ranchers, and Bernal family. Through activities in the ranch area and a visit to the Santa Teresa Springs, students will explore early California life at the ranch.​

The field trip aligns with California History-Social Science standards for grades K/1:

K.3 – Students match simple descriptions of work that people do and the names of related jobs at the school, in the local community, and from historical accounts.

 K.4 – Students compare and contrast the locations of people, places, and environments and describe their characteristics.

  • 2. Distinguish between land and water on maps and globes and locate general areas referenced in historical legends and stories.

 K.6 – Students understand that history relates to events, people, and places of other times.

  • 3. Understand how people lived in earlier times and how their lives would be different today (e.g., getting water from a well, growing food, making clothing, having fun, forming organizations, living by rules and laws).

 1.2 – Students compare and contrast the absolute and relative locations of places and people and describe the physical and/or human characteristics of places.

  •  4. Describe how location, weather, and physical environment affect the way people live, including the effects on their food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and recreation.

 1.4 – Students compare and contrast everyday life in different times and places around the world and recognize that some aspects of people, places, and things change over time while others stay the same.

  • 3. Recognize similarities and differences of earlier generations in such areas as work (inside and outside the home), dress, manners, stories, games, and festivals, drawing from biographies, oral histories, and folklore.

 1.5 – Students describe the human characteristics of familiar places and the varied backgrounds of American citizens and residents in those places.

  •  2. Understand the ways in which American Indians and immigrants have helped define Californian and American culture.
  •  3. Compare the beliefs, customs, ceremonies, traditions, and social practices of the varied cultures, drawing from folklore.

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