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This lesson is called “Who’s Who in Florida?” and involves Historical Figures from Florida


Language Arts, Social Studies  


4, 5  

Title – Who’s Who in Florida
By – Carolyn Murray
Subject – Social Studies, Language Arts
Grade Level – 4-5
Lesson Plan
Who’s Who In Florida?

Students will learn important figures in the history of Florida by researching and preparing a report using various types of media to display their figure and the background of the person. This lesson can be done over a few days. The more time in the library the better researched the project will be.
ESOL students will be able to perform all of the preceding areas of content using hands on activities to learn the material.

Students will:
. Research information about a historical figure.
. Know about the life and accomplishments of a historical figure
. Work in cooperative groups to complete the projects
. Create a display using various forms of media to exhibit the life of the historical figure.

Lesson Initiating Activity
Prior library skills are needed before the students can do this lesson. Students will be placed in cooperative learning groups (C2) for this project. Either 2 or 3 students per group. Students will be introduced to the following historical figures who played and influential role in the history of Florida. The project will be introduced to the students and parameters explained. These figures include:

Ponce de Leon
Chief Osceola
Ernest Hemingway
Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Walt Disney
Marjorie Rawlings
Thomas Edison
Mary Bethune
Zora Neale Hurston
Henry Flagler
Addison Mizner
Sen. Claude Pepper
Ruben Askew
Henry Plant
William Duval
John Rawling
John D. Rockefeller
John DeLand

Core Activities
Students will be assigned a person and given time in the library to research information about the figure. Students will be asked to identify the questions of “who, what, where, when and how” for their figure. The information does not have to be written out formally but does have to be presented to the class. Students will have access to computers and software (B11) and all the reference materials and books in the library.

When the students present their figure, they will place a picture of their figure on the timeline (B10) that is on the walls around the room. Other items are placed on the timeline (B10) as the students learn them or the topic comes up.
ESOL students will be able to draw, color or copy their figure and place them on the timeline where it is appropriate. The timeline allows the students to sequence the events and people with our history.
Students will prepare to present their figure in the best way they see fit. The teacher will demonstrate (B14) or model different ideas of presentation for the students to get them thinking. Ideas are dressed up as the time period, create a song, write a play, write a news article, do a diorama, etc. Teacher will monitor their progress during the library or media center time.
ESOL students will be able to act out or demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of means not just the standard written paper form.

Closure Activity
Students present their historical figures to the class. Students place figure on the wall in the appropriate place along the timeline (B10).

. Names of historical figures written down on cards for the students
. Paper
. Markers
. Pencils
. Crayons, construction paper and other art supplies
. Library or media facilities

1. Constant observation of individuals during activities (G10)
2. Overall Graphic Representation of Project (G5)

Students place figure on timeline (B10) and throughout the teaching of other lessons on Florida, references will be made to the figures as they pertain to the discussion. .

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