Distance Learning for K to 12
Saving Special Places • Building Better Communities
Saving Special Places & Building Better Communities
Outreach Director Haley Busch
The American Planning Association Florida Chapter created a series of teaching guides for K-12 students to help teach what a planner does and to better understand how communities are planned. Using Common Core Standards, the guides provide materials and activities in PDF format for a parent or teacher to facilitate from. Guides are divided by age groups. Click Here for Teaching Guides
Supplemental Material: “Urban Planning, Explained” (Video) – This ~6 minute video by Planetizen aims to clarify the field of urban planning in a world full of plans and planning. Geared towards grades 6-12.
Listed below are two 1-minute video clips of natural Florida. Take out a blank sheet of paper and a pen or pencil and play the first video. Using the following prompts, spend 15 minutes writing about the scene. Repeat exercise with the second video. (Kindergarten-1st Grade adaptation: Draw the scene.)
- What do you hear?
- What are the most vivid colors you see?
- What do you think this scene smells like?
- What is the temperature like?
- What kinds of plants and animals are present in this scene?
- If you were in this scene, what is the first thing you would do?
- https://www.facebook.com/conserveflorida/videos/2877810055618738/ (1 minute)
- https://www.facebook.com/conserveflorida/videos/628227021079846/ (1 minute)
Supplemental Materials: Another conservation organization, Florida Wildlife Corridor, advocates for the permanent connection and restoration of a statewide network of lands and waters known as the Florida Wildlife Corridor. FWC has documented the corridor in these films listed below:
Metropolis, A Green City of Your Own – This e-book by urban planner and educator John Martoni, includes teaching curriculum to increase students’ awareness of planning issues such as sustainability and sprawl, while giving them an opportunity to express their interests and ideas using a creative design process. Metropolis is a multidisciplinary curriculum that embeds language arts, mathematics, health, art, science and social studies throughout the unit. The e-book includes seven chapters of reading with appendices for a facilitator to use as worksheets and activities.
Florida History: Then & Now
The University of South Florida’s Center for Instructional Technology has a wealth of materials, including “Then & Now,” a set of 70 reproducible readings, questions, and activity sheets for an upper elementary study of Florida History spanning from the Calusa to the Civil Rights movement. Each subject includes a handful of PDF reading passages, teacher guides, student worksheets and supplemental materials. Supplemental materials cover topics like Florida’s tourism industry, Florida cowboys, famous Floridians and brief civic lessons.
An example lesson could be about Florida’s local government structure:
- Florida’s Local Government (Reading Passage)
- Teacher Notes
- Student Questions
- Reading Strategy: Previewing
Another example lesson could be about Florida’s land boom of the 1920s:
Florida Book Report
USF’s Center for Instructional Technology features a collection of children’s literature from the Educational Technology Clearinghouse. “The Florida Collection” brings together several books, essays and poetry set in or inspired by the Sunshine State in audiobook and PDF format. Books are broken down by chapter, with a student activity sheet available for each chapter. Check out titles like “Wakulla, A Story of Adventure in Florida” by Kirk Munroe, or “Rescuing the Lost Balloonists” by Captain Quincy Allen.