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Top Secret Sensitive Information
Bring the multiple cultural perspectives of a state to life in a lesson designed to challenge assumptions. Learners develop criteria to evaluate different cities, looking to find the one that should be "the heart of Florida capital." A playful element involves using "Top Secret" folders with informational texts from which the class will draw their conclusions.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 8 Views 137 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
History of Ponce de Leon in Florida
Based in sound Educational Theory, this lesson uses art to convey the story of Ponce de Leon. Mild to moderately disabled students hear the story of the Fountain of Youth, examine a paining of Ponce de Leon, and act out a scene as Ponce de Leon.
6th - 8th Special Education 15 Views 29 Downloads
Ice Age People in Florida?
Spring breakers first gathered in Wakulla Springs, Florida, over 10,000 years ago! Geologists and archaeologists work together to uncover hidden artifacts from this time period. Even 10,000 years ago, people went to Florida to warm themselves up after a long, cold winter up North!
5 mins 7th - 9th Science 4 Views 0 Downloads
Growth of Florida's Railroads
Based on an examination of Florida's railroad system, this multi-step lesson addresses FCAT requirements specific to Florida. After reading a passage, scholars use a map of the state to label railroad systems. They describe the goods being shipped during this time, create a cause-and-effect tree, and answer FCAT questions.
5th - 7th Social Studies & History 3 Views 21 Downloads
Explore the discrepancies in Florida's vote counting process in 2000 and 2002 with this New York Times reading lesson. Middle schoolers study the viewpoints presented in informational text, paying attention to how word choice can formulate each argument.
6th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 51 Downloads
Hernando de Soto Explores Florida
Print this resource or save it to your desk top. It contains five activities and eleven vocabulary words related to Hernando de Soto and his exploration of Florida. Each activity provides targeted skills practice to prime learners for a state exam.
7th - 9th Social Studies & History 8 Views 26 Downloads
Distinguished Discoveries: Florida quarter reverse
Florida's state quarter has an image of a space shuttle and a Spanish Galleon on its reverse side. Pupils will examine the state quarter and think about how the Spanish explorers and Space explorers are the same and different. The class will be split into two groups and either research the Spanish or Astronauts, then they get together to create a Venn Diagram comparing the two.
4th - 5th Social Studies & History 4 Views 11 Downloads
Dos mapas de Florida, el Caribe y parte de Sur America
What can maps tell us about the past? Find out with a Spanish instructional activity that incorporates geography. After examining maps individually, comparing two old maps of Spanish Florida and writing notes in the provided Venn diagram, pupils pair up to compare notes.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 0 Downloads
Title: "The Yearling" - Topics: Literature/U.S.; U.S./1865-1913 & Florida
Life in the Florida swamps after the Civil War comes alive in the 1946 film adaptation of Majorie Kinnan Rawlings’s The Yearling. The film of this powerful coming-of-age story, filled with love and loss, can be used with or without a reading of the novel.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 0 Downloads
Navigating Through Capital History
Fourth graders research the history of Tallahassee using a Website and other materials to determine why the capital is where it is today. They organize the information on a timeline and investigate the "heart" of Florida.
4th Social Studies & History 3 Views 9 Downloads
Discovery, Ship to Shuttle
The history of Florida is explored in this lesson which covers topics from Ponce de Leon to space travel. Learners listen to stories about Ponce de Leon's search for the fountain of youth and then move on to a discussion of the space shuttle and the work of astronauts.
2nd - 3rd Social Studies & History 3 Views 7 Downloads
Down for the Count?
The New York Times article “Supreme Court, Split 5-4, Halts Florida Count in Blow to Gore” provides the opening to an assessment of the United States Supreme Court decision in the case of the 2000 presidential election. Assuming the persona of a Supreme Court judge, a presidential candidate, or a voter, class members assess the text of the ruling.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 30 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Strawberry Girl Lesson 1: Florida's Location and Shape
Students examine Florida vegetation, shape and location. In this Florida instructional activity, students read Strawberry Girl, write a journal entry, explore the "Central Florida Memory" website, and create a 12-month vegetation calendar.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 4 Views 23 Downloads
Straberry Girl: Florida's Location and Shape
Students explore geography by reading a story about Florida. In this Florida vegetation instructional activity, students read the book Strawberry Girl and identify the locations in Florida that are mentioned in the book. Students identify the type of vegetation most popular in the state and create a calendar based on the plants.
3rd - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 5 Views 24 Downloads
Students explore the daily life of Florida settlers. In this Florida settlers instructional activity, students research daily life in the 1800s using Second Life. Students compare and contrast their lives today with the lives of settlers. Students will present their research using differentiated options.
3rd - 4th 21st Century Skills 5 Views 23 Downloads
The Florida Ecosystem
Students explore the Florida ecosystem. In this ecology lesson, students visit the "Second Life" website and enter a simulated bay. Students observe the relationships the animals and plants have with one another in the virtual bay. Students visit a park to write down observations about the wildlife.
5th - 6th Science 4 Views 7 Downloads