Hi! It’s Thursday, May 30, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: 6-14 (approximately, with parental supervision)
The University of South Florida and the Florida Center for Instructional Technology offer a free series of QuickTime movies that are reenactments of Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto’s exploration of Florida, which he claimed for Spain in 1539. The seven Quick/Time movies add up to twenty minutes of engaging information, presented in documentary style, that brings to life the story of the Spanish exploration of the Southeast United States from 1539 to 1542.
When you’re through watching the movies you can explore the rest of the site that contains more information on the history of Florida by clicking on the menu at the top of the page.
Then, be sure to check out the DeSoto National Memorial website (courtesy of the National Park Service). It not only offers additional information on DeSoto and the history of Florida, but it offers a free Junior Ranger Activity Book on DeSoto with challenging activities in math, writing, reading, and science. It was designed for students 6-12 years old, but may be of interest to your entire family.
To download the free DeSoto Activity Book (pdf), CLICK HERE. Note: This is a big file and may take a minute or two to download. If it doesn’t work for some reason, click on the link to the DeSoto National Memorial website in the paragraph above. When you get to the site, click on “For Teachers” on the menu. A new page opens. Scroll down near the bottom of the page and click on the words “click here” to download the Activity Book.