This unit is designed for fourth grade students but can be adapted to other grade levels. It is designed to be used with the Central Florida Memory Website (http://www.cfmemory.org/). The five lessons integrate language arts, social studies, science, and visual arts. Each lesson has four days of activities, so the entire unit will take twenty days, but individual lessons can be used. The student journal enhances the lessons.
Florida is one of the most interesting and amazing of the 50 United States. The Sunshine State has been the home of many men and women who have played a part in the 400 years of Florida’s history. This children’s literature unit, Strawberry Girl is set in the beginning of the 20th century. It is hoped that students who read and study about this time period will be able to understand why so many people came to Florida’s frontier.
Lois Lenski presents a segment of American life in an authentic way in her book. With the help of Central Florida Memory website, Strawberry Girl, and other non-fiction books on Florida, students will be able to discover the way these people lived and to understand the frontier people.