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September is American Founders' Month

Section 683.1455, Florida Statutes (F.S.), designates the month of September annually as “American Founders' Month.” Section 1003.44, F.S., encourages public schools to coordinate instruction at all grade levels related to the nation’s founding fathers. United States Public Law (PDF) requires that public educational institutions receiving federal funds teach about the Constitution on September 17 each year. Observe Monday, September 18, 2017. Resources to support these events can be found on the Social Studies Instructional Resources page under “Events, Holidays, and Observances (September - August).”

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Constitution Day and Celebrate Freedom Week

Section 1003.42, F.S., requires public school districts to commemorate the founding principles of our nation during the last full week of September. For more information visit the Constitution Day and Celebrate Freedom Week Resources page.

Florida Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference

The Florida Council for the Social Studies annual conference will be held October 20 to October 22, 2017.

Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) Conference

The 2017 conference will be held in Orlando, FL from October 19-21. For registration information, visit the SHAPE Florida registration page

Florida Association of Science Teachers (FAST) Conference

The 2017 All sySTEMs Go! conference will be held in Orlando, FL from October 19-21. For more information and to register, visit the FAST page.


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  • Social Studies Grades 6-8: How are Laws Made?
    • Learn how a bill, an idea for a law, becomes a law. You will see how bills are passed by Congress and signed into law by the President. And you will understand how all three branches of government play a role in determining the laws of our land. This complicated process ensures that our laws are fair and can withstand the tests of time. SS.7.C.3.8, SS.7.C.3.9
  • English Language Arts Grades 9-10: President Ronald Reagan Speaks to the "Enemy"
    • Examine a text as though you are a detective, looking for clues. You will be able to look at a text as closely as a detective for evidence to support and prove your points.You will be able to analyze what a text says directly and indirectly. You will be able to prove your points with evidence by referring to what is explicitly or directly stated in a text, as well as show what textual evidence you used to infer what the author simply hinted at. LAFS.910.RI.1.1, LAFS.910.RI.4.10
  • Science Grades 6-8: Your Ice Cream Is Moving
    • By the end of this tutorial you should be able to sequence a series of diagrams to create a model of a substance transitioning from a solid state to a liquid state. SC.8.P.8.1

Middle School Vocabulary Project




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