[picture of Florida flag]Social Studies Exercise


This is an exercise to prove that learning on the computer is both more fun and effective for early elementary children, than for students having to use workbooks, paper and pencils.

DIRECTIONS: This is a map of Florida, one of the 50 states in the United States. This is the state you live in. Read about the different parts of the state to learn more about Florida.

[picture of Pensacola beach]Pensacola
Pensacola is located in the very west part of the Panhandle. This city was home to the first permanent Spanish settlement in west Florida. Pensacola was also home to the first training center for Navy piolets. The United States first nautic station, was established in Pensacola in 1914, and is now known as the Pensacola Naval Air Station (the TV show Wings of Gold is based on the Naval station found in this city). Pensacola is also part of the Emerald Coast, which consists of miles of white sands and turquoise waters. The Emerald Coast stretches from Pensacola through Destin (my hometown) to Panama City. The unspoiled beaches have started a huge wave of tourism in the last 10 years. (Photo Courtesy of Linked Website) [a sketch of an old building in Tallahassee]Tallahassee
Tallahassee is Florida's state capital. Florida first became a state in 1845. Shortly before the Civil War began in 1861, Florida left the Union and joined the Confederacy. Tallahassee was the only Confederate state capital east of the Mississippi River that Union forces did not capture during the war. Florida was readmitted to the Union in 1868. Tallahassee has been home to the Seminoles both in the past and in the present. This area used to be inhabitated with Seminole Indians, but now is home to the Florida State University Seminoles. Near Tallahassee is one of Florida's 17 large springs, the Wakulla Springs, which is one of the nation's deepest springs with a depth of 185 feet. (Photo Courtesy of Linked Website) [picture of Jacksonville]Jacksonville
Jacksonville is located on the Atlantic Coast of Florida. Jacksonville is the largest city in Florida and the United States. Also, Jacksonville is home to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the professional football team. Other places of interest to visit include Amelia Island, the Landing and the Gator Bowl. (Photo Courtesy of Linked Website)

St. Augustine

St. Augustine was established by the Spainards in 1565, which became the first permanent European settlement in what would soon become the United States. Fort Castillo de San Marcos (pictured below) is the oldest land fortress in the U.S. The fort, which was built in the 1670s to protect St. Augustine and the Spainards, is still standing, and it has never fallen to armed attack. (Photo Courtesy of Linked Website)

[picture of Castillo de San Marcos]

[picture of Mickey Mouse hugging a child]Orlando


Orlando is the city full of animated animals and theme parks. This city is known for its draw of tourists, whether their coming to visit Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios, do some shopping, or see a space shuttle lift off in nearby Cape Canaveral. This city offers a little bit of something for everyone. Also, prominent in not just Orlando, but all of Central Florida, is the agricultural industries. Florida's chief agriculture products are oranges and greenhouse and nursery products, most of which are harvested in Central Florida. (Photo Courtesy of Linked Website)

[picture of downtown Tampa]Tampa


This city is located on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, which borders Florida on the west. Tampa houses another of Florida's popular theme parks, Busch Gardens, The Dark Continent, which covers 300 acres. The park contains African animals, rare birds, tropical plants, and the amusement park. Tampa is nicknamed "The Big Guava" because an early Tampa pioneer, Gavino Gutierrez, tried to cultivate guavas for commercial sale, but wasn't successfully in his attempts. There is a festival, called Guavaween in honor of his attempts. Tampa is also home to one of the three historic districts found in Florida. The gulf beaches and Ybor City, the "Cigar Capital of the World, are also places that are of interest in Tampa. (Photo Courtesy of Linked Website)

[a map of Miami]Miami


Miami is a city at the southernmest tip of Florida on the Atlantic Coast. This city is one of Florida's larger cities divided up into smaller, different cities (see map below). This city is known for its Hispanic roots and is very culturally diversified. The Miami Metrozoo is a great place to visit in Miami. This very large zoo displays animals in settings modeled after different parts of the world. (Photo Courtesy of Linked Website)

[a picture of a boat tour through the Everglades]

Glades


The Everglades is a region at the southernmost tip of Florida, which is known for its variety of plant and animal wildlife. The Everglades was first dedicated in 1947, and the park celebrated its 50th Anniversary last year. It is one of the nation's largest parks, measuring in at about 2,000 square miles. The park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. The park also has three reservations that house Seminole Indians. (Photo Courtesy of Linked Website)

[picture of boating in the Keys]The Keys


The Keys is a set of islands found off the southern tip of Florida. These islands stretch approximately 128 miles. The Keys are a chain of coral and limestone islands. The Keys are famous for its beaches, laid back culture and for salvaging treasure from wrecked Spanish fleets. The Keys are also known for being the summer homes of Hemmingway and Jimmy Buffet. The John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, near Key Largo, was the first undersea park in the continental U.S. At the park, visitors can scuba dive, snorkel, ride in glass-bottom boats, and even stay in an underwater hotel room. (Photo Courtesy of Linked Website)

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