A Day in the Life of a San Francisco Native Animal

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In this activity, students will learn some key information about a San Francisco native animal and then write a firsthand account of their experience from the perspective of that animal in the time before the explorers came to San Francisco. A series of prompts are provided to help guide their narrative. By thinking about San Francisco's natural history, learners may also discuss how animals have had to adapt to the changing environment over time. This lesson plan includes key vocabulary, background information, extension ideas, and is standards-based. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Archive.org.]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan



  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Biosphere
    • Earth's History
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
      • Human Impact


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Access Rights:

  • Free access