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(Teacher’s planner for students visiting Mission San Juan Capistrano)

Educational Staff

Mission Matters (Presented By Mission San Juan Capistrano)
Join the fun!  Students will be encouraged to use their five senses in exploring the past.  Mission Matters, a curriculum based program, offers a fun-filled presentation and hands-on activities that examine the daily lives of Mission Native Americans.  Students and adults will delight in the historic fun.  Mission Matters’ aligns with the 4th grade California Social Science Content Standards, (4.2 #5).  Limited availability, please schedule early.  Fall and Winter visits are encouraged.

Offered: Monday thru Friday
Duration: 45 minutes
Start Time: 3 classes offered per day
Location: West Garden, unless raining
Size: 140 people maximum to 30 people minimum
Cost: $4 per student only, parents and teachers free
Includes: Presentation, craft materials, educational lesson plan resources
Activities: Follow the Acjachemen Footsteps: Adobe Brick Making offered Monday-Friday
Unraveling the Story: Rope Making offered by request only, Monday- Friday

By Appointment for Small Groups:
A Brand is Forever: Hide Branding

Making the Grade (Presented by Discovery Science Center)
Join the Discovery Science Center in investigating the building blocks of geology during this scientific exploration of the “Jewel” of the Missions.  Experiment with designs and materials that strengthen structures as large as Mission walls, or as small as a swallow’s nest.  This hands-on activity aligns with the 4th grade California Science Content Standards (Earth Science 4a, 4b, 5a and Life Science 3a and 3b)

Offered: Tuesday & Friday
Duration: 1 hour
Start Time: 9:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
Location: Central Courtyard
Size: 160 people to 40 people minimum
Cost: $4 per student and adult
Activities: Collecting soil samples, building a centenary arch, receive a booklet “Science on a Mission”

Educational Programs

Journeys to the Past
Native American Storytelling
2009 Educator of the year, Jacque Nunez takes students on a journey into the lifestyle of the California Indian.  Children experience lively music, story telling, songs, games, and dance with opportunities to participate.  Students leave with an appreciation of environmentalism and what it means to be “keepers of the earth.”

Offered: December 17, 2015; January 21, 2016; February 11, 2016; March 17, 2016; April 21, 2016; May 19, 2016; June 9, 2016
Duration: 1 hour
Location: Central Courtyard
Start Time: 11:00 a.m.
Size: 300 people maximum to 150 people minimum
Cost: $4 per student and adult
Includes: Native American singing, games, and culture.  Engaging experience for students.

Jacque Nunez is a direct descendent of the Juaneno Band of Mission Indians, also know as the Acjachemen Indians. Her great great grandfather was one of the leather jacket soldiers that guarded Father Serra as he traveled from San Diego to San Juan Capistrano. Jacque grew up in the oldest home in California, Los Rios Adobe. Her family has lived in this house built by Feliciano Rios over 200 years ago. Her storytelling venue which is the only Native American venue in any of the 21 missions is unique, engaging and memorable. Jacque received the honor of being selected “Educator of the Year in 2009 for the State of California in Native American Studies. Your students will learn the lifestyle of the builders of the Mission, songs, and stories and walk away with the knowledge that everyone’s history is important and every culture deserves respect!

Student & Teacher Testimonials
“My name is Joey, my hair is reddish blonde. My favorite color is green. I hope your mission gets fixed up. I hope the mission is very beautiful. My wish is to make your mission a better place." - Joey Conron

"Wonderful educational experience to our 4th grade students. Good way to reinforce social science state standards." - Rosa Mendoza from Park Avenue Elementary

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