Rancho San Pedro

 Life on a Rancho
Teacher Notes


Spanish Period I

Spanish Period II

Mexican Period

Gold Rush

Post Gold Rush
Photo credit: Dominguez Adobe
The adobe of Rancho San Pedro as can be seen today.

Life on a Rancho

A Look at Rancho San Pedro

4th Grade

California History Social Science Standards

4.2 Students describe the social, political, cultural, and economic life and interactions among people of California from the Pre-Columbian societies to Spanish mission and Mexican rancho periods, in terms of:

5. the daily lives of the people, native and nonnative, who occupied the presidios, missions, ranchos, and pueblos

7. the effects of Mexican War for Independence on Alta California, including the territorial boundaries of North America

8. the period Mexican rule and its attributes, including land grants, secularization of the missions and the rise of the rancho economy


The California Language Arts Content Standards

2.0 READING COMPREHENSION: Students read and understand grade-level-appropriate material. They draw upon a variety of comprehension strategies as needed, including generating and responding to essential questions, making predictions, and comparing information from several sources.


1.0 WRITING STRATEGIES: Students write clear and coherent sentences and paragraphs that develop a central idea. Their writing considers audience and purpose. They successfully use the stages of the writing process.


Literature: Frida Maria - A Story of the Old Southwest, by Deborah Lattimore (Browndeer Press/Harcourt Brace, San Diego 1994. A story of an independent little girl growing up on a rancho.

 Read Frida Maria prior to visiting the Web site to introduce your students to the time period and way of life. This is a fictional story with accurate ideas and wonderful vocabulary.