With the discovery of the New World, the countries of Europe raced to claim the new land and its riches. The Spanish built missions in California to bring Christianity to the Native Americans living there, and to protect the land from being taken by other countries. California's Spanish Missions tells the story of the missions, the people who built them, and the way the missions changed the lives of Native Americans. Build literacy and social studies content knowledge with this nonfiction reader that features dynamic primary sources. The full-color maps, images, letters, paintings, and photographs will engage students and develop their curiosity about the people and the world around them. Text features include a glossary, index, captions, sidebars, and table of contents to increase understanding and build academic vocabulary. The Your Turn! activity challenges students to connect to a primary source through a writing activity. Aligned to the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) and other national and state standards, the book is leveled to support above-, below-, and on-level learners. The Track It! culminating activity provides an opportunity for assessment that challenges students to apply what they have learned in an engaging and interactive way. Learn how the missions helped define the state of California with this high-interest grade 4 book!