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The State of Florida

Pixton Lesson Plan on The State of Florida

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map
  • Poster
  • Character Map
  • Timeline

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This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings geography to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings geography to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings geography to life with comics and storyboards.

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The State of Florida

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Teacher Guide

The State of Florida

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Review the following information or have students complete a research project.

  • History: Juan Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain in 1513. From 1756 to 1763, England, France and Spain fought over Florida in what was known as "The Seven Years War"or "The French and Indian War." The Treaty of Paris gave Florida to England. When the American colonies gained independence from England, Florida was returned to Spain with unclear boundaries. American settlers claimed land in Florida and resisted Spanish control. In 1819, Spain ceded Florida when Secretary of State, John Quincy Adams, signed the Florida Purchase Treaty for $5 million. General Andrew Jackson became military governor in 1821 and forcefully removed and killed Native American populations. Florida became a U.S. territory in 1822 and joined the Union as a slave state in 1845.
  • Statehood: 27th State - March 3, 1845
  • Name Origin: On Easter of 1513, Ponce de Leon named Florida for Spain's Easter Celebration known as "Pascua Florida," meaning "Feast of Flowers."
  • Size: 65,758 sq. miles (#22 of 50 states)
  • Population: 19,552,860 (#4 of 50 states)
  • Capital: Tallahassee
  • Border States: Alabama; Georgia
  • Agriculture Exports: Greenhouse/Nursery Plants; Grapefruit; Oranges; Tomatoes; Dairy Products; Sugarcane.
  • Industry: Tourism; Agriculture; International Trade; Aerospace and Aviation; Life Science (Biomedical/Pharmaceutical); Financial Services
  • Attractions: Walt Disney World; Orlando; Universal Studios; Sea World; Busch Gardens; Kennedy Space Center; Daytona International Speedway; Anaheim Raceway; Florida Keys; Everglades National Park; Miami Beach; South Beach; Clearwater Beach
  • Colleges and Universities: University of Florida; University of Central Florida; University of South Florida; Florida State University; University of Miami; Florida A&M
  • Sports Teams: Florida Marlins and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (MLB); Miami Heat and Orlando Magic (NBA); Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins (NFL); Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
  • Flag: White with a red X and the state seal that represents the sun, a palm tree, a steamboat and a Native American Seminole woman scattering flowers; Adopted 1899
  • Flower: Orange Blossom
  • Tree: Sabal Palm
  • Animal: Florida Panther
  • Bird: Mockingbird
  • Nickname: Sunshine State
  • Motto: "In God We Trust"
  • Song: "Florida, Where the Sawgrass Meets the Sky," "Old Folks at Home," "Swanee River" and "Florida, My Florida"

Opening Discussion

Discuss the following:

  • What do you already know about Florida (history, attractions, exports and fun facts)?
  • In your opinion, what is Florida most well known for?
  • What states does Florida border?
  • Does Florida have oceans and/or mountains?
  • What is the climate in Florida?
  • What are the different regions in Florida (Pan Handle, Everglades, Key West, Atlantic Coast, Gulf Coast)?
  • What would you like to know about Florida?
  • How could you learn more about Florida?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    State Fun Facts

    Complete after opening discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Economy: Agriculture and Industry

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Attractions & Destinations

    Complete after class brainstorm and discussion.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Poster of the Florida state flag and/or a map of Florida that includes major sights and attractions.

  • Extension / Modification
    Mind Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Mind Map to advertise one college or university in Florida.

  • Extension / Modification
    Character Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Character Map for the most famous historical figure from Florida.

  • Extension / Modification
    Timeline (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Timeline of Florida's state history.

  • Extension / Modification
    Storyboard (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Storyboard to analyze the lyrics of a Florida song.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • Why did Florida become a state?
  • What are the main components of Florida's economy?
  • Why is Florida important to the United States?
  • What makes Florida unique or different than other states?
  • In your opinion, what state is Florida most similar to and why?
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Pixton Activity: The State of Florida 1 State Fun Facts

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the following information or have students complete a research project.

  • Name Origin: On Easter of 1513, Ponce de Leon named Florida for Spain's Easter.
  • Celebration known as "Pascua Florida," meaning "Feast of Flowers."
  • Size: 65,758 sq. miles (#22 of 50 states)
  • Population: 19,552,860 (#4 of 50 states)
  • Capital: Tallahassee
  • Border States: Alabama; Georgia
  • Flag: White with a red X and the state seal that represents the sun, a palm tree, a steamboat and a Native American Seminole woman scattering flowers; Adopted 1899
  • Flower: Orange Blossom
  • Tree: Sabal Palm
  • Animal: Florida Panther
  • Bird: Mockingbird
  • Nickname: Sunshine State
  • Motto: "In God We Trust"
  • Song: "Florida, Where the Sawgrass Meets the Sky," "Old Folks at Home," "Swanee River" -and "Florida, My Florida"

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate at least four fun facts or symbols of the state:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: The State of Florida 2 Economy: Agriculture and Industry

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the main components of the state's economy or have students complete a research project.

  • Agriculture Products: Greenhouse/Nursery Plants; Grapefruit; Oranges; Tomatoes; Dairy products; Sugarcane.
  • Industry: Tourism; Agriculture; International trade; Aerospace and Aviation; Life Science (Biomedical/Pharmaceutical); FInancial Services

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate at least five major industries and/or agricultural products of the state's economy:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: The State of Florida 3 Attractions & Destinations

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the state's top attractions or have students complete a research project.

  • Attractions: Walt Disney World; Orlando; Universal Studios; Sea World; Busch Gardens; Kennedy Space Center; Daytona International Speedway; Anaheim Raceway; Florida Keys; Everglades National Park; Miami Beach; South Beach; Clearwater Beach
  • Colleges and Universities: University of Florida; University of Central Florida; University of South Florida; Florida State University; University of Miami; Florida A&M
  • Sports Teams: Florida Marlins and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (MLB); Miami Heat and Orlando Magic (NBA); Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins (NFL); Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate at least four main attractions or destinations in the state:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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