Teacher Resources


2002 Book List (PDF version)
Internet Resources (PDF version)
Community Atlas Workshop Information

Project Ideas

  • Everglades. Click here to see a detailed plan. (PDF version)
  • Utilize geographical skills to identify various types of land use and its effect on local environments.
    See if you can locate any aerial photos of a rural and urban area. Allow students to work on examining the photos and see if they can construct a land use map out of these resources. It will require them to carefully observe the agricultural areas and the developed areas. It would be a great addition if you could get two photos from different time periods. Students could make a list of the land uses and then create a land use map out of what they observe.
  • Discuss and debate the complex topic of public lands - ex. "whose waterway is it anyway?"
    Create two opposing panels that will research opposite perspectives of a debate on environmental protection vs. recreational use (such as manatees vs. recreational boaters, or Yellowstone preservation vs. snowmobile enthusiasts). Create a neutral set of judges who will "judge" the merits of each side's argument and declare a winner.
  • Create a plan that will "save" a wild area from development.
    There are numerous examples where students have turned frustration and anger into action. Identify a threatened area that has come under the threat of the bulldozer. Students can organize a petition, research the issue, and make a presentation to the local county commission. They will have to become "experts" and circulate around their community to make sure the voters are aware of the issue and will support them. Many cities are discussing putting in "greenways" in their cities, but there is organized resistance to it from developers. Political action like this empowers our students to participate in their democracy.
  • Identifying "green" cities in Florida.
    Have students develop some type of criteria for what a "green city" is. After they have agreed, have groups research various regions in Florida and see who meets the criteria for being a green city. (They might find they may have to adjust their criteria). Students then could create a unique map that would identify Florida's "greenest cities."
  • Building a greenway or trail in your community.
    Provide students with a map of a city in Florida. Have them discuss the concerns and obstacles they might face in building a trail in their city (ex. Physical obstacles, expense, traffic patterns, safety, etc.). Have groups of students carefully study the map and after discussing these factors, have them map a proposed greenway/trail. They must make a convincing presentation to a mock city commission that will approve the best plan in the class.

Helpful Links

Water Management Districts

  • Northwest Florida Water Management District (PDF version)
  • Suwannee River Water Management District (PDF version)
  • St. Johns River Water Management District (PDF version)
  • Southwest Florida Water Management District (PDF version)
  • South Florida Water Management District (PDF version)

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