DISCOVER THE SECRET PATH TO A PIONEER PAST:
Help build a Florida Quest Corner in your classroom, so that you can post newspaper articles, maps, posters and other items related to the caper and Trackers' trip to the past.
Introduction Week - A Cabin Filled With Clues
1. Imagine that you are going on a week-long vacation with the Trackers to a cabin in the Florida woods. From the newspaper, clip items that you think would be necessary and useful for you to take along. Consider clothing food, safety supplies, games, etc. Share your collection with others and discuss your choices.
2. Set up a weather center on a bulletin board. During the Florida Quest post the weather for each day. Think about how the weather will affect the Trackers as they explore the Pioneer Settlement and its surroundings.
3. Study the poster telling about the trackers. Put it on the bulletin board and surround it with newspaper clipping related the interests of each of the trackers: for Lauren you might put news about web sites or ads for sales on computers, for Ally announcements about a new exhibit at the Southeast Florida Museum of Photography.
4. Staying in cabin in the woods is just one way to enjoy a vacation in Florida. Look through the travel section of the newspaper for other trips the Trackers might take. Make a montage of your findings and think about the most interesting to you.
Week 1 - Who's Leaving Paper Leaves?
5. During this caper, the Trackers search for information about Niki's family. From the newspaper, clip photos, drawings and articles showing families around the world. Think about how they are alike and different. Compare them to your family.
6. Leaf-shaped notes provide clues for the Trackers in this caper. Collect a variety of leaf shapes from Florida plants. Trace their outlines on newsprint and then, cut and arrange them into a shapely display.
7. The Trackers find out that collecting things from the past can be fun. Search the classified ads for antiques and collectibles for sale. Clip and mount each ad and make a display of Collections for Fun and Profit. Start a collection of your own and bring it in to share with the class.
8. Create your own pioneer settlement using newspaper "logs." To make the "logs," roll 6-inch-wide strips of newspapers around a pencil. The strips should be at least 12 inches long. After removing the pencil, run a line of white glue along the seam to keep it from unrolling. The dry logs can, then, cut and used to build log cabins, fences, tree trunks, etc.
Week 2 - Butter and Metal and Wood--Get A Clue!
9. Lauren uses her wheel chair to get around. Make a collection of newspaper photos, illustrations and ads that show things people use to move from one place to another. Include both fun (roller blades) and useful (cars) products. Then design an ad promoting one.
10. In this week's adventure, Lauren has an accident. Find newspaper articles reporting on accidents. Arrange them into a variety of categories such as (type of accident, number of people involved, where it happened, etc. Then make a graph showing the results.
11. Some of this week's clues involve people working with their hands. Look through the classified ads in the newspaper and circle any jobs that could be done with using hands. Discuss your findings with classmates.
12. Historic structures are often in the news. Clip related news articles and photos from the newspaper and make a bulletin board display. Include a map and mark their locations. Discuss why these structures are so newsworthy.
Week 3 - The Hunt for Hanna's Past
13. Think about people in the news to whom you would like to be related. Look through the newspaper and clip the names and photos of famous people. Arrange them into an imaginary family tree for yourself. Be prepared to tell why you chose as you did.
14. Ally is the official photographer of the Trackers. Clip, from the newspaper, photos you think she would admire. Glue them on colored paper, and arrange them into a display. Invite your friends to attend the showing at your gallery.
15. This week the Trackers learn about some remedies used by the pioneers to cure ailments. Staying healthy is still a concern today. Look through the newspaper for ads or articles about medicines and natural remedies and mark each with a different colored marker. Which has the most ads? Why?
16. The Trackers love to eat. Imagine that they are coming to dinner at your house. Look through the newspaper and cut out pictures of food you would serve them. Glue them to a paper plate and exchange with your classmates. Be prepared to tell why you made the selections you did.
Week 4 - It All Comes Out in the Box
17. Lauren and the Trackers know the value of teamwork. Find and clip articles from the newspaper that show the positive effects of people working together and the negative effects of people working against each other. Create a bulletin board labeled Hall of Fame (for the positive examples) and a Hall of Shame (for the negative examples). Discuss the articles.
18.This week the Trackers learn much about woodworking. Find and clip newspaper ads for things made from wood. Decide which ones are made by hand, by machine or by a combination. Which items might have been around at the turn of the 20th Century and used by pioneers?
19. Niki is fortunate, because she inherits the cabin. Find and clip from the newspaper pictures of houses you would like to live in. Create a dream city mural by combining your houses with those of your classmates and pasting them on a long piece of paper. Draw on roads, trees, etc. to make it more realistic.
20. Niki and the Trackers learn a lot about Niki's African-American ancestors and their accomplishments. Florida is made up of groups from many different countries and cultures. Use your newspaper to locate restaurants, festivals and cultural presentations that highlight different cultures. Find out as much as you can about the different groups and create a multi-cultural day in your class or school.