Teachers Guides and Lessons

Mission San Juan Capistrano offers support to teachers and students by providing the following free resources for lessons and activities. Also offered on Mission grounds, as a resource to use is a full working studio, offering information and tools to complete California Mission Projects.

Field Trip Activities

Mission Bingo (pdf)
Contents Include:
Mission Bingo is a fun game that will keep children entertained and engaged while visiting the Mission.

Learn More About The Mission (pdf)
Contents Include:
Investigate: Great Stone Church, Mission Courtyard/Quadrangle, Serra Chapel, and Industrial Area

Teacher Guides

Pre-Visit Essays, Lessons & Activities for Teachers (pdf)
Contents Include:
Essays: Mission San Juan Capistrano's Guardians, The Acjachemen Nation, California's Spanish Explorers,
New Spain's Franciscans
Activities: The Acjachemen Language, Create Your Own Acjachemen Name, Our Kin the Acjachemen Word Scramble, Food Chain Worksheet, Food Chain Nature Cards, Making a Compass (Physical Science), Can You Map It? (Geography), Daily Life on Board Explorer's Ship (English/Creative Writing), Spanish Explorers: Impact of Ocean Currents & Wind Patterns (Earth Science), Math and Navigation (Mathematics), Recruiting Extreme Explorers (Visual Arts), Branding is Forever, Make Your Own Brand, How to Read Brands, and Read That Cattle Brand
Lessons: The Food Web, Navigating California’s Coast, and Branding is Forever

Post Visit Lessons and Activities (pdf)
Contents Include:
Activities: Don't Be Clueless Crossword Puzzle, Vocabulary Game, Word Scramble, Trade Worksheet, and Saved by the Mission Bell Trivia Review Game
Essay: California's Rancho Economy
Lessons: The Story of Trader Richard Henry Dana, and Trading in California

Camposanto Cemetery Tribute Teachers Guide (pdf)
Contents Include:
History of Mission Cemetery, Spanish Colonial burial practices of the 18th century and disease and population decline of the California mission's Native American communities.

Mission Clubhouse Teachers Guide (pdf)
Contents Include:
Outline of hands-on activities and display information.

Mission Treasures Exhibit Interpretive Guide (pdf)
Contents Include:
Outline of the exhibit and exhibit items.

Padres Museum Teachers Guide (pdf)

Passport Explorer Teachers Guide (pdf)
Contents Include:
Outline of the passport program and guide to use the booklet with students.

Audio Tour Field Trip Teachers Guide (pdf)
Contents Include:
Outline and information on the field trip audio tour.


Student Resource Handbook
Student Report Workbook
Available for purchase at Mission San Juan Capistrano or immediately at our online gift shop.