Florida Teacher Resources

These teacher resources were gath­ered in 2011 from a mail­ing to over 4,000 Florida teach­ers. They all come rec­om­mended and are cur­rently being used in class­rooms.

Florida Web Resources

Bre­vard Dis­trict Web­site - They’ve put together a wealth of resources in the fol­low­ing areas, many with a focus on Florida:

Cen­tral Florida Mem­ory Project Search and browse over 80,000 images of his­toric mate­ri­als such as diaries and let­ters that describe the region and how peo­ple sur­vived day-by-day in this extreme and rugged envi­ron­ment. They also havemMaps, pho­tographs, and post­cards that illus­trate how the region looked in the early years and how it changed over time. Teach­ers can access ready-made class­room activ­i­ties, les­son plans, and addi­tional resources here.

Florida Com­pre­hen­sive Assess­ment Test® links:
FCAT Explorer — A free, online edu­ca­tional pro­gram for Florida’s stu­dents that rein­forces read­ing and math skills out­lined in the Sun­shine State Standards.

FCAT Prep Materials

Florida Cen­ter for Read­ing Research

Florida Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion — the state edu­ca­tion agency of Florida. It gov­erns pub­lic edu­ca­tion and man­ages fund­ing and test­ing for local edu­ca­tional agen­cies (school boards)

Florida Divi­sion of His­tor­i­cal Resources — has a lot of great infor­ma­tion and is very kid friendly.

Florida Elec­tronic Library

Florida Human­i­ties Coun­cil — Cre­ates and spon­sors pro­grams and pub­li­ca­tions that explore the peo­ple, places, and ideas that shape Florida. These pro­grams enable teach­ers to learn about Florida’s rich his­tory and cul­ture, from colo­nial St. Augus­tine to modern-day Miami.

Florida Mem­ory Project

Florida Trea­sures series for Read­ing — online resources are specif­i­cally designed to help teach­ers teach by pro­vid­ing engag­ing activ­i­ties for stu­dents at all lev­els. These Online Teacher Resources offer con­tent designed to help teach­ers save time and keep stu­dents moti­vated and focused.

My Pear­son Train­ing on Florida Social Studies

Old Florida Maps

Orrin’s Web­site — For social stud­ies of the Florida Native Amer­i­cans before the Euro­peans arrived. It has “Kid’s facts” and pic­tures of the dif­fer­ent types of homes. It also pro­vides a com­plete library of the avail­able online mate­ri­als about the more than 800 Amerindian lan­guages and the peo­ple that speak them.

TeachingFlorida.org — Pro­vides teach­ers with a dynamic, inter­ac­tive, and author­i­ta­tive site on Florida’s his­tory and heritage.

Uni­ver­sity of South Florida — Social Stud­ies Resources for Stu­dents and Teach­ers. They have many read­ing skill pages and activ­i­ties that cor­re­late directly to the Florida social stud­ies cur­ricu­lum. There is also Florida His­tory cur­ricu­lum (Under the link Florida Then and Now you will find numer­ous lessons on sev­eral Florida top­ics from the Florida Mem­ory Project.)

Span­ish Colo­nial Florida

Span­ish Colo­nial St. Augus­tine: A Resource for Teachers

Span­ish Florida: Evo­lu­tion of a Colo­nial Soci­ety, 1513–1763

The Florida Museum of Nat­ural History

St. Augus­tine His­tory Project at the Florida Museum of Nat­ural History

Ideas From Other Teachers

TeachersPayTeachers.com - a com­mu­nity of edu­ca­tors who come together to share their work, their insights, and their inspi­ra­tion with one another. We are the first and largest open mar­ket­place where teach­ers share, sell, and buy orig­i­nal edu­ca­tional resources. They have sev­eral resources specif­i­cally for teach­ing with A Land Remem­bered.

  • I enjoy using the stere­oview pic­tures on the Uni­ver­sity of South Florida web­site show­ing var­i­ous places around Florida in 3D. I show the web­site through a pro­jec­tor onto our Smart board. I have the kids bring in their old 3D glasses so they can see the pho­tos pro­jected. It works on a com­puter mon­i­tor too. The kids love this!

When I focus a writ­ing les­son around a social stud­ies theme, we pull from Non-Fiction arti­cles as we read aloud to deter­mine the Elab­o­ra­tion and Craft focus of the day. I get those arti­cles from my local news­pa­per and also Time for Kids.

  • Most of our field trips are con­nected to Social Stud­ies.  Also, we do a huge unit on gov­ern­ment which includes a won­der­ful sim­u­la­tion of how gov­ern­ment actu­ally works.  The kids run for office and then meet to pass laws.  It’s a huge success.

When I teach read­ing, I use author’s web sites all the time which usu­ally have great teacher guides. [We do this at TeachALandRemembered.com] Rick Rior­dan and Kate DiCamillo have great stuff to use for free on their sites that go along with their books.

  • Google a lot of key words which brings me to var­i­ous edu­ca­tion web­sites that I couldn’t pos­si­bly list.

I use the A Land Remem­bered maps from the books and we made a Florida his­tory scrap­book with many of the resources in the book.

  • We take a field trip to the Lake Placid, Florida Arch­bold Bio­log­i­cal Sta­tion that has sci­en­tists on staff who con­duct a tour and pro­vide mate­ri­als made by the Uni­ver­sity of South Florida. It has FCAT (Florida Test­ing) Style ques­tions and is also a cross cur­ric­u­lar study that incor­po­rates Read­ing, Sci­ence, Math and Writ­ing. Our Edu­ca­tional coor­di­na­tor there is Rick Lavoy.

I’ve learned over the years that I don’t teach the way another teacher might, so I don’t buy teach­ing guides—instead, I look for really solid stu­dent resources (lit­er­a­ture, pri­mary sources, etc.), then I develop my own ideas on how to inte­grate them into my class­room teach­ing.  I look for 3 things:

  1. Qual­ity of resource
  2. Cor­re­la­tion to my curriculum
  3. Cost—I want every stu­dent to have some­thing in his/her hands.
  • I am par­tic­i­pat­ing in a 3-yr Teach­ing Amer­i­can His­tory (TAH) Grant, funded by the DOE and spon­sored by the Florida Human­i­ties Coun­cil,  that pro­vides me with an abun­dance of mate­ri­als (arti­cles, guest speak­ers, field experience).

I also like to use fic­tional books to go along with his­tor­i­cal con­cepts when I can.  I have used sto­ries about St. Augus­tine, South Florida, and Tampa.  I espe­cially love using A Land Remem­bered, because it cov­ers so many of the places, peo­ple and events I teach in our curriculum.

  • We go to the Pen­sacola His­toric Vil­lage which con­nects with the early 1800’s in Pen­sacola.  It is an excel­lent tour.  We visit the Indian Tem­ple Museum and one room school­house in Fort Wal­ton Beach.  This con­nects with the early Native Amer­i­can part of Florida His­tory.  Then we go to Tal­la­has­see to the Nat­ural His­tory Museum (flora and fauna), Old Cap­i­tal, New Cap­i­tal, and His­tory Museum.  We also have vis­ited Arca­dia Mills in Mil­ton where the kids learn about the his­tory of tex­tiles in that local region.  It’s a very spe­cific part of his­tory in one par­tic­u­lar place, but is an excel­lent field trip.  They also bring in some sci­ence con­nec­tions along with archae­ol­ogy.  Another option is that there are peo­ple at the San Luis Museum in Tal­la­has­see who will come to your school, bring arti­facts and make a talk with hands on activ­i­ties.  It’s like the museum com­ing to you.

I learn about valu­able texts through county train­ings and attend­ing The Tampa Bay Area Writ­ing Project meet­ings. Four major texts that I love are: Teach­ing Young Writ­ers to Elab­o­rate by Megan S Sloan, The Teach­ing for Under­stand­ing Guide by Tina Blythe and Assoc.,  Com­pre­hen­sion Con­nec­tions by Tanny McGre­gor and Com­pre­hen­sion through Con­ver­sa­tion by Maria Nichols. They guide my instruc­tion, mostly.

  • I use an inter­ac­tive “smart” board in my class­room and I’m always look­ing for things that can be used on it (par­tic­u­larly games and inter­est­ing text).

After read­ing A Land Remem­bered each year, we host a Pio­neer Pic­nic for the school. Pub­lix donates fried chicken and the par­ents all donate baked goods. The kids all play games such as tug of war and three legged races, and we have a square danc­ing group come out to teach the fam­i­lies how to dance. It is a lot of fun and a great fundraiser to help defray the cost of our yearly St Augus­tine trip.

 

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