This Florida Library Lesson is all about Florida symbols, places of interest, wildlife, foods, and more! Special attention was given to Florida wildlife and The Everglades. You can pair this library lesson with a read-aloud set in Florida, but it is also a complete lesson on its own.
Please note that this presentation is designed to complement a read-aloud. The actual read-aloud story comes from you!
This lesson has 60 total slides & pages, and it includes:
- 42-slide Lesson Presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint + Google Slides
- All body text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use.
- 16 slides are for the read-aloud and/or guided lesson that walks you through the storytime lesson.
- 26 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending storytime lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
- Two (2) editable, differentiated scavenger hunts (3 pages, PowerPoint and PDF)
- Students “hunt” for images and information in the Part 2 scrolling slides part of the presentation. This gives students something to focus on during library checkout and downtime.
- “Easier” version – Students color the objects as they find them.
- “Harder” version – Students answer questions about the information in the slides, plus find smaller images.
- Answer key is included.
- List of 18 recommended books to accompany this lesson (1 page, PowerPoint and PDF)
- The list is editable and great to hand out to parents, teachers, and students looking for related books.
- Detailed, pre-filled Library Lesson Plan in editable PDF and PowerPoint formats (2 pages), aligned to:
- AASL National School Library Standards for Learners,
- National Common Core ELA Standards, and
- Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
- Lesson tips and tricks (6 pages, PDF)
- Google Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
- Instructions on how to set up PowerPoint slide timings for scrolling slides (2 pages, PDF)
16 Lesson Slides:
Part 1 is a guided whole-class discussion. The slides walk you through the entire class discussion, from start to finish.
- ASL sign language for “orange juice” and “G-A-T-O-R” — includes video links and step-by-step directions for making the signs
- Florida on a map of the US
- Definition of “peninsula” and why Florida is a peninsula
- What is Florida known for?
- Florida state flower (orange blossom), state bird (northern mockingbird), state flag, state capital
- What are The Everglades?
- Slide for your read-aloud (paste the book cover on the slide).
- Checkout reminders slide — Add your own reminders!
- “What Should We Do Now?” slide — This is very clear instructions on what students should be doing after the lesson.
26 Scrolling Slides:
Part 2 is the scrolling slides. Set them on a timer to scroll on a screen during library checkout. Students can use the scrolling slides to complete one of the two Scavenger Hunts.
- Vocabulary Words of the Week: kumquat and brackish water
- Library skills review: What kind of reference book can help you find general information about manatees? (Answer: encyclopedia, Volume M)
- Florida wildlife, including: alligators, crocodiles, manatees, Florida panther, brown pelican, Eastern coral snake, scarlet king snake, and scarlet snake
- How to tell alligators and crocodiles apart
- Alligator safety tips
- Human activity is main threat to manatees (examples given)
- How to tell a venomous Eastern coral snake from nonvenomous scarlet snake and scarlet king snake?
IMPORTANT! Due to copyright law, read-aloud videos of the books are NOT included. You will have to record yourself reading the book, or do a live stream of the read-aloud for students to access the book. If your library owns the ebook(s), you could also share how to read or access ebooks through your online catalog or ebook management platform.
AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text.
- Inquire – C.1. – D.1.
Common Core English Language Arts Standards –
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