Week 1 - Welcome to Florida Studies Weekly
Students will examine Florida’s state symbols and their origins.
Week 2 - Three Branches of Government
Students will define a constitution and examine some examples from the U.S. Constitution. Students will learn about the bicameral congress, the three branches of government, and the system of checks and balances.
Week 3 - Government Functions
Students will compare the state government to the national government. They will also learn about government functions and jobs that make our way of life possible.
Week 4 - Florida’s Physical Features
Students will discuss Florida’s geology, climate and sea levels. They will also define the six great regions of Florida.
Week 5 - Map Skills
Students will examine different types of maps and the various ways maps provide information. They will distinguish between physical, political and road maps and identify map features including title, compass rose, scale and map key.
Week 6 - Natives of Florida
Students will learn about the first humans and animals that lived in Florida. Students will examine the cultures of the various tribes that inhabited Florida.
Week 7 - Spanish Explorers
Students will study the explorers who discovered Florida, emphasizing Ponce de Leon. They will learn about other Spanish explorers who sought treasure in Florida.
Week 8 - Saint Augustine: French vs. Spanish
Students will study the sea battle between the French and Spanish over the land that is now Florida. Students will learn about conflicts and motives of the first Florida settlements, including battles and the search for religious freedom.
Week 9 - Spanish Missions
Students will learn about Spanish missionaries who came to Florida seeking to bring their religion to the natives. They will discuss the interactions between missionaries and natives.
Week 10 - St. Augustine
Students will learn about the construction of the Castillo de San Marcos. They will also learn about settlers who played important roles in the conflict between the French and Spanish.
Week 11 - British Florida
Students will study the invasion of the British, the French and Indian War, and the historic geography of Florida. Students will also learn about the hardships of early settlers in British Florida.
Week 12 - American Revolution
Students will identify the role of Florida on the British side in the American Revolution. They will learn about significant points of the war and the outcome that returned Florida to Spain.
Week 13 - Florida Pirates
Students will study the role of pirates in Florida’s history. They will also discuss Spain’s neglect, which led to Florida becoming a pirate-filled state.
Week 14 - Florida Territory
Students will study how Florida became a territory of the U.S. thanks to Andrew Jackson and Jean Lafitte’s pirates.
Week 15 - Seminole Wars
Students will be introduced to Florida’s Seminole Indians and their conflicts with settlers.
Week 16 - Statehood
Students will study how Florida became a state after hundreds of years of French, Spanish and British control. They will also study the controversial issue of slavery in the new state.
Week 17 - The Civil War
Students will learn the definition of civil war. They will examine important battles that took place in Florida and learn about the Emancipation Proclamation.
Week 18 - Reconstruction
Students will be introduced to the Reconstruction Period. They will also be introduced to groups like carpetbaggers and scalawags that are associated with Reconstruction.
Week 19 - Spanish-American War
Students will study the reasons for the Spanish-American War and learn why it is called The Splendid Little War. Students will learn about the cities and people that were significant to the war.
Week 20 - Transportation
Students will think about different types of transportation. They will study the history of transportation in Florida as well as inventors who are important in transportation history.
Week 21 - Communication
Students will discuss the importance of new technology, such as e-mail, in communication. They will also study some of the major inventors in the history of communication.
Week 22 - World War I
Students will study World War I and the ensuing Great Depression. They will look at Florida’s role in these events of history.
Week 23 - World War II
Students will study World War II and will learn how it brought many people to Florida. Students will learn about Eddie Rickenbacker and the effects of WWII at home.
Week 24 - Florida’s Population
Students will discuss factors that helped Florida’s population rise.
Week 25 - Major Florida Cities
Students will study Florida’s major cities and their histories. Students will discuss reasons for big cities as they compare various cities of Florida.
Week 26 - Civil Rights
Students will learn about the civil rights movement in the United States and Florida. Students will learn about civil rights leaders from Florida and their contributions. Students will analyze events that took place in Florida before, during and after the civil rights movement.
Week 27 - Men and Women of Florida
Students will learn about important men and women from Florida who have affected the world in positive ways.
Week 28 - Florida’s Heritage and Culture
Students will discuss the variety of cultures found in Florida and their influence.
Week 29 - Hard-Working Florida
Students will look at the industries that create jobs for Floridians. Students will also learn about Florida’s natural resources.
Week 30 - The Space Program
Students will look at Florida’s space program and the importance of Kennedy Space Center. Students will gain knowledge of specific programs that helped navigate space.
Week 31 - Florida Tourism
Students will study the importance of tourism as an industry in Florida.
Week 32 - Florida Review
While reflecting on important people and places of Florida, students will design an itinerary for the tourists they have learned about.
Week 33 - Quarter 1 Summative Assessment
First Quarterly Summative Assessment
Week 34 - Quarter 2 Summative Assessment
Second Quarterly Summative Assessment
Week 35 - Quarter 3 Summative Assessment
Third Quarterly Summative Assessment
Week 36 - Quarter 4 Summative Assessment
Fourth Quarterly Summative Assessment