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S: The Mystery of the Florida Explorers by MJGDS 4th Grade 2010-2011

FC: The Mystery of the Florida Explorers A Story Adventure by The Martin J. Gottlieb Day School Mrs. Raitt's Fourth Grade Class 2010-2011

1: This book is dedicated to our teachers, Mrs. Raitt and Mrs. Tolisano. Without them this book would not have been possible to create. Mrs. Raitt supported us as we researched the Florida Explorers and Mrs. Tolisano gave us technical guidance. From Mrs. Raitt's Fourth Grade Martin J. Gottlieb Day School February 2011

2: One day we were riding on a bus to the Florida Theater. It was a rainy and foggy day. The bus took a wrong turn. We got off the bus. Soon, before we knew it, day turned into night. We were lost in the middle of nowhere. We were starving and started looking everywhere for food. Luckily we saw an apple tree in a graveyard. We went to the apple tree and picked apples. We tried to eat the apples, but they were rotten. We felt angry, scared, and hungry. We got our teacher's cell phone and tried to call the police to rescue us. The cell phone did not have any signal. We started walking around trying to find better | reception. Suddenly we fell into hole and found a door that was under the graveyard. We tried to open the door, but it was locked. Then we saw a phantom.

3: We knew he was Ponce de Leon, since we had just studied explorers in Social Studies. He looked like he had been dead for a long time - 490 years to be exact. His skin was pale, almost bluish. His bones were visible. Ponce de Leon told us that a key was under a mat. He told us to unlock the door and walk through. We were so afraid of the dead-looking explorer that all of us ran to the door to get away from him. We opened the door and looked inside the room. Little did we know that we were to be greeted by six more dead explorers. We had just learned about all of them. Cabeza de Vaca, Hernando de Soto, Pedro Menendez de Aviles, Jean Ribault, Rene Laudonniere, and Panfilo de Narvaez were staring us in the face. Ponce de Leon stepped through the door behind us. | He told us in a grave voice, " We have been dead for so long that we have forgotten where we came from and who we were."

4: "Can you help all of us to remember? Are you willing? " We Fourth Grade students did not have to think long. We knew all about these explorers. We quickly told the explorers that we were going to help them, but in return the explorers would have to allow us to leave the graveyard and help is find our way back to school.

5: That's when the adventure began....

6: Sarah C. and Rachel spoke to the first explorer: "You are Ponce de Leon. You were born in 1460 in Santervas de Campo in Northern Spain. When you were about eighteen years old, you traveled to Cadiz, an Atlantic port in Southern Spain. You joined Christopher Columbus on his second voyage. You are best known for founding Florida, which you named LaFlorida. You hoped to find the Fountain of Youth. In 1508, you explored and conquered the island of San Juan. You died in 1521."

7: Talya and Jake spoke to the next explorer: "Your name is Cabeza de Vaca. You were born in 1490 in Jerez De La Fronterea, Spain. Your first voyage began in 1527, with Panfilo de Narvaez in charge. Your reason was to conquer Florida for Spain. You landed in Tampa Bay. In 1537, you returned to Spain and you wrote an account describing Florida. That account was inspiration to Hernando de Soto. You died in 1557."

8: Next were Shoshana and Justin, who said, "You are Hernando de Soto. You were born in Spain. Your main voyage was in 1531. You led the first expedition across the southeastern United States. You wanted to conquer Florida for Spain. When you got back from your expedition to Peru, you were named governor of Cuba in 1537. In 1539, you landed in Tampa Bay. You brought with you more than 600 people, horses, pigs, and weapons. You also marched north in search of greater riches. After many months without success, you left Florida. You never returned."

9: Then Brianna and Lily responded: "You are Pedro Menendez de Aviles. You were born in 1519 in Spain. When you were fourteen, you left home to be a sailor. You came to Florida to drive out the French. You are responsible for the death of Jean Ribault. In 1565, you founded St.Augustine. In 1563, you were sent to jail for nearly two years because you did not obey orders at sea. You died in 1574."

10: Danielle and Ethan introduced themselves, and then stated: "You are Jean Ribault. In 1564, you established the first fort in Florida, which you named Fort Caroline. You named it in honor of King Charles IX of France. | You died at age 45 when you were murdered by the Spanish. The person who murdered you was Pedro Menendez de Aviles. That's him over there. You also discovered South Carolina on your first voyage in 1562. You were also a French Naval commander."

11: Barbie and Cayla addressed the next explorer: "You are Panfilo de Narvaez. You were born in 1478 in Castile. You sailed from Spain in 1527 and arrived in Western Florida." "What smart kids you are,"Narvaez said. "What else do you know about me?" Barbie and Cayla continued, " In April 1528, you arrived in Tampa Bay, Florida. Your men thought that they had landed in Spain. You left in a storm and drowned." "Oh, what a way to die, " said Panfilo de Narvaez.

12: Casey, Sarah, and Sydney turned to the last explorer, and began: "You are Rene Laudonniere. We know that you were born in France. On June 1564, you and Jean Ribault came with three hundred men and four women to the St. Johns River to build Fort Caroline for the French. After the fort was built, you went back to France. You were sent back to Fort Caroline because the fort was in trouble of surviving. You returned in 1565. When the Spanish attacked, you escaped. You went back to France and died there in 1586.

13: "Now that we have told you who you were and where you came from, you have to allow us to leave the graveyard and help us find our way back to school," we pleaded. "Ok, we will help you," said the dead explorers. Some of us had already started to look around to find a way out of the hole. Others were trying to dig their way out with their hands. One of us found some rusty nails laying around on the ground. Others started looking for a hammer. The explorers said, "Oh yes, you could use nails and the wood, but how about this....>>>" The explorers formed a circle with all of us inside. Ponce de Leon then pulled out an old rusty saber with a jewel encrusted hilt. He forcefully thrust it into the ground. Everything started to rumble. Dirt began to fall from the ceiling.

14: A few muffled screams were heard. We were blinded by flashes of bright light and deafening thunder. Suddenly, we found ourselves on our school campus, back in our classroom. The intercom was telling us that the bus for our field trip to the Florida Theater was waiting. We did not know what to do. We were all shocked, speechless and confused. Was it a dream? But then someone reached into their pocket and pulled out a rusty old key....

15: Florida Then | Florida Now

16: Timeline of Florida Explorers 1513 - Ponce de Leon reaches Florida 1528- Panfilo de Narvaez explored Florida Cabeza de Vaca explored Florida 1539- Hernando de Soto arrived in Tampa Bay 1562- Jean Ribault claimed Florida for France 1564- Rene Laudonnaire arrived at the St. Johns River 1565- Pedro Menendez de Aviles founded St. Augustine

17: Quiz 1. What did Ponce de Leon name Florida? 2. Panfilo de Narvaez came to Florida looking for what? 3. Who led Cabeza de Vaca's expedition to Florida? 4. Where did Hernando de Soto land in Florida? 5. What fort did Jean Ribault found? Where is it located? 6. Why did Rene Laudonnaire return to Fort Caroline? 7. What was the reason Pedro Menendez de Aviles came to Florida?

18: Mrs. Raitt's Fourth Grade Class 2010-2011 Martin J. Gottlieb Day School Jacksonville, Florida Casey B. Cayla C. Sarah C. Danielle F. Ethan G. Barbie G. Jake G. Brianna G. Justin H. Lily H. Shoshana H. Rachel L. Talya P. Sarah S. Sydney T.

19: Image and Text Credits Jimenez, Gus R. and Michael Odem. Scott Foresman: Social Studies Florida. Glenview, Illinois: Pearson Education, Inc, 2006.

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  • Title: Florida Explorers
  • Student created project after the Social Studies unit on Florida Explorers. Students followed a rubric for their research. Collaborative student writing was used for the opening and closing of the book.
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