Available Lessons

Apalachee: Point of View Blog

Grade: 4
Social Studies

Teacher will read aloud the passage "The Apalachee" as students follow along. After reading they will discuss how the Apalachee lived (i.e., how they obtained food and shelter) and what happened to the Apalachee that led to their elimination. As a class, create a shared writing blog entry from the point of view of a Apalachee Indian. The blog entry should include details about how a Apalachee child spent a day. Within the blog entry the details about how Apalachee lived should be evident. After the whole-class shared writing activity, students will add an entry to the blog from the point of view of a tribe member; students can chose to write from the point of view of a child or adult. Students will also be expected to respond to other students' posts on the blog.

Great Depression and the New Deal: Causes and Effects

Grade: 4
Social Studies

Shared Reading: The teacher will read aloud "Great Depression and the New Deal" as students follow along. During the reading the teacher will guide students to complete a whole-class cause and effect chart listing the major causes of the Great Depression and their effect(s) on the Florida economy. Then students will break into groups of 3-4 and investigate a specific cause/effect relationship. Groups will use the internet to locate photographs and additional details and facts about the incident and create a Powerpoint or Keynote presentation with speaking notes to present to the class.

History Through Words: Frederick Douglass

Grade: 11
Social Studies

Students will perform a picture analysis. Afterwards, a passage will be read from a narrative in Frederick Douglass’ My Bondage and My Freedom and then complete the Pick-a-Pair worksheet.

Major U.S. Physical Features

Grade: 5
Social Studies

This lesson provides an overview of the locations of major physical features of the United States answering the essential question "What are the major physical features of the United States?"

Political Cartoon Analysis

Grade: 11
Social Studies

Students will perform research for political cartoons and analyze their features and significance. Web browsing will be implemented as well as spiral-question analysis in order to complete the first segment of the activity. Further assessment includes a brief writing assignment.

Rock Cycle

Grade: 4
Science

This is a review lesson on the three different types of rocks. (Metamorphic, Sedimentary, Igneous) Students will compare/contrast two of the three rocks using a Venn Diagram, and answer questions about erosion and weathering.

The Calusa: Point of View Blog

Grade: 4
Social Studies

Teacher will read aloud the passage "The Calusa: 'The Shell Indians'" as students follow along. After reading they will discuss how the Calusa lived (i.e., how they obtained food and shelter) and what happened to the Calusa that led to their elimination. As a class, create a shared writing blog entry from the point of view of a Calusa Indian. The blog entry should include details about how a Calusa child spent a day. Within the blog entry the details about how Calusa lived should be evident. After the whole-class shared writing activity, students will add an entry to the blog from the point of view of a tribe member; students can chose to write from the point of view of a child or adult. Students will also be expected to respond to other students' posts on the blog.

The Tequesta: Point of View Blog

Grade: 4
Social Studies

Teacher will read aloud the passage "The Tequesta Indians of Biscayne Bay" as students follow along. After reading they will discuss how the Tequesta lived (i.e., how they obtained food and shelter) and what happened to the Tequesta that led to their elimination. As a class, create a shared writing blog entry from the point of view of a Tequesta Indian. The blog entry should include details about how a Tequesta child spent a day. Within the blog entry the details about how Tequesta lived should be evident. After the whole-class shared writing activity, students will add an entry to the blog from the point of view of a tribe member; students can chose to write from the point of view of a child or adult. Students will also be expected to respond to other students' posts on the blog.

The Timucua: Point of View Blog

Grade: 4
Social Studies

Teacher will read aloud the passage "The Timucua" as students follow along. After reading they will discuss how the Timucua lived (i.e., how they obtained food and shelter) and what happened to the Timucua that led to their elimination. As a class, create a shared writing blog entry from the point of view of a Timucua Indian. The blog entry should include details about how a Timucua child spent a day. Within the blog entry the details about how Timucua lived should be evident. After the whole-class shared writing activity, students will add an entry to the blog from the point of view of a tribe member; students can chose to write from the point of view of a child or adult. Students will also be expected to respond to other students' posts on the blog.

Tulsa Riots of 1921: History Uncovered

Grade: 11
Social Studies

Students will perform a webquest on the Tulsa Riots of 1921 and other historic tragedies as well as perform comparisons. Critical thinking will allow students to develop a deeper understanding of tragedies and consider approaches to societal problems through discussion and presentation.

Understanding Conservation of Mass in Chemical Reactions

Grade: 11
Science

Often students cannot understand from chemical formulas how atoms exist in compounds, and how they are rearranged during reaction. Furthermore, the concept of balancing reactions eludes them when they cannot actually see the individual atoms. To illustrate a reaction for them, They are split into groups and given "bingo" type chips of different colors. They then put them into groups as reactants, representing the compounds that enter the reaction. They will then break the bonds of the reactants and attempt to rebond them as products. In most reactions, they will see that without balancing they do not have enough "chips" to complete the reaction. However, if they add more of one or more of the reactants, they can then complete the reaction because they now have enough "chips". They will then transfer findings to a sheet, written as a balanced formula equation.

Understanding the Law of Conservation of Mass

Grade: 11
Science

Using the COW, students will use either the program FRAMES or the flip camera and movie maker (their choice) to animate a chemical reaction in order to illustrate that all atoms involved are present at the beginning and end of the reaction, and that matter is neither created or destroyed.