Are you looking for ways to infuse your history, social studies, and ELA course content with locally based, primary sources?  Hands on History classroom lesson plans are designed to engage your students in the history of Riverside and the Mission Inn through primary source analysis, development of academic vocabulary, individual and group assignments, discussions, and presentations. The plans  are ideal for grades 3-12 and feature primary source documents and objects drawn from our extensive museum collection. These objects include artifacts and documents relating to the history of the Mission Inn, its founder Frank Miller, and the history of Riverside.

Our unique lesson plans have been created in cooperation with Riverside Unified School District curriculum development specialists and are aligned to the most recent California Common Core standards. The Curator of Education is available to hold educator workshops and classroom visits to help deliver our lesson plans to your students.

The lesson plans below are organized by grade level and topic. Click the lesson plan topic you are interested in to visit the page for that plan. Each lesson plan contains the following:
    • Background information for teachers
    • A word bank, sentence frames, and nonfiction 
    • passages for optional integration into the lesson plan
    • Please contact us to request the corresponding PowerPoint presentation.
    • Instructions for delivering lesson activities
    • Downloadable materials to complete lesson plan activities
    • Links to supplementary websites and materials
    • A suggested evaluation rubric

Frank Miller
The Great Depression
Citrus Culture

Primary Sources, Sourcing, and Analysis


For more information about free Lesson Plans and other youth education programs, contact the Education Department at 951-781-8241 or edu(at)