This series of lesson plans provide information and tools for teachers to use in the classroom after their visit to Cracker Country.
General Florida History Lesson Plan
This lesson plan allows students to make parallels between Florida today and rural Florida in 1898. In addition, students will compare Florida governors and learn how historic buildings and artifacts can be used as tools for learning.
These lesson plans allow children to learn about churning butter in the late 19th century. Children will learn how families living in Florida were self-sufficient by making their own butter, in addition to learning how this activity was a chore for children. Students will also learn about the process of making butter and participate in a group activity that tests their knowledge on butter churning.
These lesson plans consist of activities and worksheets that provide students with information about Florida’s citrus crops. Students will explore how citrus crops grow in Florida, plus the importance of citrus industry to Florida’s Economy. Students will learn about the shipment of citrus crops and the significance of Florida’s railroad in the shipment process.
These lesson plans help children discover the importance of corn, the uses of corn, and how corn was harvested in rural Florida in 1898. Students will participate in craft activities and worksheets, which help them learn vocabulary words and the significance of corn in Florida.
Economy and Bartering
Use these lesson plans to help students explore Florida’s economy in 1898 and discover the process of bartering. Students will learn how bartering became the main means of trade in places such as a general store as well as the economic problems that made bartering systems popular in Florida.
These lesson plans help students compare their life with children living in rural Florida in 1898. Students will examine chores that children participated in plus the duties of each family member. Students will use worksheets and group reading activities to learn home life history.
Use these lesson plans to help students compare their school to 1898 rural Florida schools. Students will participate in actual school lessons from the year 1898, in addition to learning vocabulary that pertains to a one-room school house.
These lesson plans use worksheets and classroom discussion to allow students to discover social activities, social requirements, and the buildings used for social activities. By utilizing critical thinking, students will be able to compare their social life with the social life of children living in rural Florida in 1898.
These lesson plans help students discover the significance of sugar cane in early Florida. Students will explore the process of harvesting sugar cane, and the different types of machines (mills) used to turn sugar cane into cane syrup. In addition, students will examine how sugar cane was used and consumed in rural Florida in 1898. With the use of worksheets, crafts, and group activities students will learn sugar cane vocabulary and the importance of this crop in Florida.
By using these lesson plans, students will learn the history of various types of transportation used in rural Florida in 1898 and will be able to compare transportation in 1898 with transportation used today. In addition, students will be able to participate in a group activity that will allow them to learn about the communication system used by railroads.