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Interesting Facts about California

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These interesting facts about California include motion pictures, bridges, the Gold Rush, the birthplace of the internet, and the biggest trees in the world. Find some fun crafts, activities, and books for each state that will engage kids of all ages.

This is part of the 50 states unit study as we travel around America, learning about the history of each state. Check out these California facts for kids below!

California is on the Pacific coast and features mountains, beaches, valleys, deserts, and is bordered by three other states. SInce it is one of our largest states, there is plenty to see, do, and learn about in this state! Never get bored! From looking at the homes of the rich and famous to Exploring the California Missions, you are sure to find something interesting.

The capital is in Sacramento and it has the highest population of any state in The United States. It became a state in September of 1850 and is known as The Golden State. Here are some fun and interesting facts about California that your kids will love.

5 Interesting Facts about California

California has seen the Gold Rush, the start of the internet, the creation of the Golden Gate Bridge, the first motion pictures, and the biggest tree species in the world. 

Fact One: The first motion picture theater was opened in Los Angeles in 1902

Tally’s Electric Theater was built in 1902 and started showing The Great Train Robbery in 1903. It cost 10 cents to view showings which were often sold out. This is the first of many theaters that opened in the country. 

Try your hand at charades with these 201 Charades Movies Ideas.

This Free Kids Activity Pack for Family Movie Night Fun will make movie night even more special. 

Have you ever wondered, How are Movies Made? This interesting and factual book will teach you all you need to know. 

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Fact Two: San Francisco is home to the Golden Gate Bridge 

The Golden Gate Bridge is an almost two-mile-long suspension bridge that was built in 1917. The architecture design was completed by Irving Morrow and the Engineering design was done by Joseph Strauss. It connects San Francisco to Marin County on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula.  

Learn How to Make a Golden Gate Bridge for your Garden and get your kids involved. 

Get your kids to color these Golden Gate Bridge Bookmarks

Read all about The Golden Gate Bridge in this fun book. 

Learn How to make your own Golden Gate Bridge Collage in this fun STEM activity. 

Have a sweet tooth but want to make it a learning opportunity? Bake your own Golden Gate Bridge Sugar Cookies

Fact Three: The Gold Rush started in 1848 in California

When gold was found by James W. Marshall in Coloma, California, it kicked off a mass migration of over 300,000 people across the United States and other countries to dig for gold. These “forty-niners” survived many hardships to get to California and attacked local people when they believed their land contained gold. Because of the boom in people, California was officially made a state in 1850. 

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Read this book to learn: What Was the Gold Rush?

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Make your own unique Gold Rush  picture frame. 

Fact Four: The Internet was created in Silicon Valley 

Leonard Kleinrock, professor of computer science at UCLA, sent the first message over the Arpanet in 1969. “Arpanet” was later changed to “internet” and it was connected to four universities in the beginning. It then expanded to other universities and businesses and became what we know it as today. 

Fill out these Printable Ralph Breaks the Internet Activities for some internet-based fun. 

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Use these Coding Activities for kids without a computer to let your kids get a head start on coding. 

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Fact Five: The Giant Sequoia called “General Sherman” is the largest living organism on the planet   

Giant Sequoias live up to 3,000 years with bark that grows three feet thick. They generally reach up to 311 feet, which is shorter than other trees but are incredibly wide. This width is what makes them the largest trees in the world. 

Fill out this Printable Oak Tree Life Cycle Activity to learn all about the Oak tree. 

These huge trees are fun to learn about with these Sequoia Trees Facts & Worksheets

Read this magical story about these trees: The Tree Guardian: A Tale of the Sequoia Forest

Learn how leaves change color with this fun STEM activity: 8 fun science activities for kids about leaves. Paint with leaves with this Chlorophyll Paintings activity.

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