Filed Under (Everglades, florida, science, social studies) by Lee Kolbert on 09-09-2010

In class we are learning about the Florida Everglades. The students are excited to be creating posters with their groups depicting images and facts about the Everglades.

Did you know…

The Everglades is made up of over 10,000 different islands?
One of the most endangered species of animals in the Florida Everglades is the Florida Panther?
The Everglades are home to over 67 threatened or endangered species.

Most people (me included) have never actually visited and might be interested in taking a virtual tour. Take a few minutes and enjoy this airboat ride with Captain Ken.

Filed Under (science, social studies) by Lee Kolbert on 15-09-2009

As we prepare to make our Public Service Announcements, our students are in the process of organizing their thoughts and creating Hurricane Preparedness brochures. Last week, I shared some interesting hurricane tracking sites with them and one of them has since become my latest favorite. The day I shared it with my class was also the day we taped our first show of the season for PalmBreezeCAFE (our web and tech local cable TV show). I decided to ditch what I had previously planned and show this site instead. Here I am with co-host, Lee Keller, showing the site from National Geographic.

In addition to the National Geographic site, some other useful sites are:

In class we are studying hurricanes and my students will begin to create preparedness brochures and Public Service Announcements. I think it will be a great learning opportunity for them to condense all they’ve learned and prepare a few points to share and help others. I’m not sure how familiar they are with PSAs but they most likely will have seen a Safety on the Internet PSA while watching TV. When I was really young, I can remember watching Smokey The Bear tell me that –only “I” could prevent forest fires.– That PSA actually had the unintended consequences of making me feel guilty because I wasn’t in the forest and I wondered who would prevent them if I wasn’t there.

After we spend a few minutes discussing what a PSA is, the students will be divided into small groups, storyboard their ideas, write a brief script and shoot their videos. I own two Flipcams and have asked my students’ parents if they have any they’d be willing to loan us for the project. At some point, I hope to raise some money to buy 5 or 6 for the classroom to do projects such as this.

Below is a PSA some of us might remember. Do you know of any PSAs and if so, what did you learn from them?

Filed Under (social studies) by Lee Kolbert on 24-08-2009

Florida waterwaysIn class we are learning that when Geographers study the earth they want to find out the spatial dimension (where something is and why is it there) and the ecological dimension (how humans interact with it). As we apply all of this to Florida’s geography, it is easy to focus on why Florida is such a good place to live.

My students have some wonderful stories about the adventures they’ve had and the sights they’ve seen while living here in Florida. They also can tell you why other people like to visit and why tourism is important to Florida. I hope they will share some of their stories here in the comments.

What can you share about where you live?