Dear 4th grade students and parents,
Greetings to all! I hope that everyone is well rested and ready for our MISSION project.
As promised here is the information packet which contains everything that you and your
child must be aware of in order to be successful in completing his or her project and
report. After you have read and discussed the contents of the packet, if you have any
questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
As you know fourth grade is the year of California History. Keeping true to the curriculum
and tradition, each student will research a mission and then construct a replica of that
mission or a part of that mission. In addition, each student will submit a handwritten
two—page research report. Creativity and critical thinking are important. NO MISSION
KITS OR POTTERY MADE AT COLOR ME MINE ARE ALLOWED. Neither contributes to
problem solving relative to the construction of a mission or part of a mission, nor do they
foster your child’s creativity. Finally, while a scrapbook may be used as an addendum to
the project, it may not be used as the entire undertaking for the very reasons I have
The mission project is to be completed by the student. Please know that I am not looking
for the next Empire State Building or Taj Mahal. I expect the project to look like a 4th
grader made it. However, safety is first and foremost on my mind so I ask that parents
be the judge of how much help is provided the child. If the mission project submitted is
larger than the guidelines or if it has the “I was done by a parent” look, the student will
not pass that component of the project.
I want to stress the importance of the listed checkpoints. These are designed to help and
support all students as they progress with this project.
Grades will be given for work turned in at the checkpoint dates.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010: THE PRIMARY SOURCE YOU WILL USE for
completing the mission report is due. Please make sure to have this book in class with you
on this date.
Thursday, January 14, 2010: THE PLAN
On college-ruled paper and in a well-written paragraph you are to describe briefly how you
are going to construct the mission. Tell me what materials you will use, how you hope the
final product will look, etc. Please follow the proper format (name, number, and date in the
top right hand corner of the paper, write in cursive, and skip lines).
Friday, January 15, 2010: ALL OTHER SOURCES (your second and any others) are
due. Please make sure to have these sources in class with you on this date.
Friday, January 15—Tuesday, January 26, 2010—All sections of rough drafts
written in class including note-taking, outline, rough draft, end notes, bibliography.
Friday, January 29, 2010: Completed rough drafts are due.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010: MISSION DAY
ALL mission projects are due at 8:00 am. The Loretto room will be open at 7:15 am. *
*Students may begin arriving at 7:15 a.m. with their mission projects.
Friday, February 5, 2010: Rough Drafts are returned to the students with
Wednesday, February 10, 2010: Final Drafts are due. Remember to attach all
rough drafts behind the final draft.
Mission Project Guidelines
a) Begin research on mission
b) Decide how to construct the replica and how to create it
c) More research, construction, writing, proofreading, correcting, rewriting etc.
STUDENTS, PLEASE REMEMBER:
This is your project. I think it is 125% great if your parents help, but if your mission looks
like your parents made it, you will not receive credit for the project. Remember it WILL
look great because YOU made it yourself!!!!!
The mission that is to be constructed should be no larger than 24 x 24 inches and
no more than 12 inches tall. Missions should look lifelike so feel free to add trees,
gardens, people, bell in bell tower, grave yard etc.
Mission Project Do’s
1. The mission may be created from:
Tiny parts of twig (nature etc.)
OR any combination of the above materials
Any other creative suggestions are welcome, but please ask first!
Mission Project Don’ts
2. The following items MAY NOT be used:
Color Me Mine
Toothpaste for fountains
Anything that will easily rot or draw ants
Internet or computer generated floor plans, outlines or blue prints.
Scrapbooks (as the main project)
Slideshows (as the main project)
3. Glued to the BASE of the mission project, please attach an index card with:
Your name, date, number
The name of the mission you researched
The date the mission was established
The name of the padre that established the mission
The written report is a two page written summary of the information that you found in
your research plus the following*:
A map of California with your mission’s location labeled and several
towns, cities and presidios that are located near your mission. Those
are to be labeled as well.
A diagram of your mission’s floor plan (no larger than 8.5x11). Please
label each part.
One illustration of something significant to you related to your
o A cover page with the title of the mission, your name, the date, and your teacher’s
name (this will be demonstrated in class).
o All work on the rough draft is to be handwritten in cursive by the student on two
sides of college ruled binder paper. Please skip lines and number the pages.
o Pages are to be stapled in the upper left corner. Please do not use report covers
There are 10 essential areas that must be covered in your written report. They are:
1. The name of the mission
2. The date the mission was established
3. Who established the mission
4. Where the mission was established
5. The important people involved in the formation of the mission
6. The structure of the mission
7. Historical facts about the mission
8. Traditions of the mission
9. Agriculture grown at the mission
10. Jobs/routines carried out at the mission
Opinions are not to be included within the report. Begin your report: “Mission ______
was established...”. DO NOT start with, “My mission is...”
Keep in mind that drafts may be revised several times, depending on your specific needs.
Keep your rough drafts. All of them must be turned in with the final draft, as they
are a part of the grading process!
You must use at least TWO sources, both of which must be books. However, you may use
up to four sources to gain the information you need.
Each book that you use in your report should have an index card notation (to be
demonstrated in class).
MS. Sterns INTERNET Rules:
Students may look up their mission on the Internet with a parent or in class. *
NO ELECTRONIC ENCYCLOPEDIAS MAY BE used as sources. This project only uses
the Internet to look at missions and to gain a little background information. Our classroom
and the school library have numerous mission books for reference.
*TO MY STUDENTS: Remember your own household rules about the Internet.
Check with a parent before you go on line and be sure they know what you are
searching for and where you are searching.
What is a Bibliography?
A bibliography is an alphabetical list of all the books, magazines, pamphlets, newspapers,
and Internet sites that you used in researching your topic and writing your report.
Plagiarism - to use another person’s words or ideas as your own without citing them
That means that someone uses other people’s words or ideas without citing the
source from which the information came.
Example of plagiarism:
“In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth the earth was a
formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept
over the waters.”
The New American Bible
If I used these words as if they were my own and did not state where I quoted
them from that would be plagiarism. PLAGIARISM IS STEALING.
Again, please do not hesitate to ask questions during the course of this project. I
look forward to working on this unit of study with all of you.
4th Grade Teacher
California Mission Project
Student (s) Name Mission
Ryan Dewberry, Julian Martinez San Antonio de Padua
Katie Chabot, Buddy Coppersmith San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
Liam Miller, Patrick Casani La Purisima Conception
Catherine Condit, Maureen Lewis San Fernando Rey de Espana
Halle Pedroza San Diego de Alcala
Erik Mohr, Conor Brown Nuestra Senora de la Soledad
Steven Chavez San Rafael Archangel
Neal Muir, Maggie Maguire San Miguel Archangel
Shea O’Hearn San Juan Bautista
Clare Grimes, Emily Smith San Francisco Solano
Nicholas Konrad San Luis Rey de Francia
Macy Vogler San Jose
Lorenzo Monteil, Timothy Reilly Santa Barbara
Brooke Banuelos, Claire Villegas San Buenaventura
Chris Lowe, Ellis DeJardin San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo
Graeme Collins, Brian Harrison Santa Cruz
Joseph Arboles Santa Clara de Asis
David McAndrews Santa Ines
Sal Spina, Mattie Interian San Juan Capistrano
Nicholas Matranga, Jack Casani San Gabriel Archangel
Christine Grimes, Max Bailey San Francisco de Asis