California Benchmark Fourth Grade Social Studies:

  • 4.2 Students describe the social, political, cultural, and economic life and interactions among people of California from the pre-Columbian societies to the Spanish mission and Mexican rancho periods.

Mission Dribble:

Set up a row of cones, evenly spread apart for the students to weave in and out of as they dribble. – Station cards on each cone will have the Mission’s Name and Picture on one side of the card and the and the Card # with a selection of facts on the back.

Directions: Dribble the puck weaving through the row of cones, as you move through the cones you will pass some of the missions established in California.  When you approach the cards from the picture side of the mission, try to think of as many facts as you can about that mission, when you pass the mission, look to see how you did.  As you pass the cards from the fact side, see if you can figure out the mission before you pass it.  Keep practicing until you can name the mission and some facts before you see the answer on the card.


  • Differentiate the activity by letting the students choose the six cards that will be on the cones as they dribble and practice remembering the missions.
  • United States Dribble – Have signs with the states and the industry they are known for, or facts that need to be learned about the states.
  • Dribbling with Basketball or a soccer ball.