Every year, as a part of our Social Studies curriculum, third grade studies the history of the Los Angeles region. We began with learning about landforms such as mountains, rivers, basins, hills, and valleys, which eventually led to our study of Los Angeles specific landforms such as the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles River, San Gabriel Mountains, and San Fernando Valley. To further apply our studies of Los Angeles, we took field trips that allowed for us to apply our knowledge. Our first field trip of the year was to the Griffith Observatory, in which we took advantage of our ability to see the terranes that we had been focusing on! At the Griffith Observatory, we used scavenger hunts which consisted of riddles that prompted our third graders to use their imagination and newly acquired knowledge to answer each question. Studying the history of Los Angeles is extremely important because it allows for us to better appreciate our wonderful city and all that it has to offer!