27th State (March 3, 1845), the deep south U.S.
State Abbreviation: FL
Nickname: Sunshine State
Origin of Name: Named on Easter 1513 by Ponce
de Leon for Pascua Florida, meaning "Flowery Easter".
Things to Know
The southeasternmost state of the United States, comprising a
peninsula and adjoining mainland areas protruding southeastward from
the North American continent.
Major Rivers: St. Johns River(the longest river in Florida), St. Mary's River (forms the border between Georgia and Florida), Suwannee River
Janet Reno former attorney general, Miami.
The first woman Attorney General of the United States of America.
Stephen Foster's musical work is made up of 285 songs! Many of his songs are still popular today, and some of them have passed into the oral tradition of folk song.
Things to Do
Florida State Bird and State
Flower Printable Color Page. Before printing under File in Page Setup set margins to zero.
Things to Do-Lesson Plans
(Grades K-4) from the US Coast Guard
This packet is to furnish teachers with basic information about
lighthouses, their purpose, history, operation and technology in a
form presentable to young students. The suggested activities relate
to various disciplines: art, science, language arts, math, history,
Sites to See-Seminole
Outstanding official tribal site of the Florida
There are eight Seminole clans - Panther, Bear, Deer, Wind, Bigtown,
Bird, Snake, and Otter.
Stories to Read
of the Seminoles (Native American Lore)
Visit the Sky (Native American Lore)
Sites to See
Coast Guard Mascots--What animals have Coast Guard cutters and shore stations adopted as mascots??
Learn all about the history, habitat, threats to survival, and
conservation efforts of the Florida panther. Also find on this site:
activities, lesson plans, coloring book, games, and more.
Examine the many exciting things that make up the Florida Everglades.
You will get a chance to view the history, the animals, and the
plants of the Everglades as well as learn what is currently being
done to prevent the Everglades from being destroyed.
Species of Florida home page by the fifth grade students at St.
Thomas Episcopal School in Miami, Florida.
Things To Do-Other Sites
Read about the Florida State Quarter and print out the color page.
Fish & Wildlife Commission Coloring Book
Florida's Animal Alphabet is designed to introduce young children to
Florida's wide variety of native wildlife and the interesting natural
history and behavior of its wild creatures.
Senate Kids Area
Manatee-Activity Workbook (pdf)
excavation page and a tour of the shipwreck.