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Kids, Teachers,
and Parents

Want to learn more about Florida's Timucua Indians? Or find books for young readers that take place in the state of Florida? You're on the right website! You can...

* Find out about My Books,
* Download Free activities & lesson plans
* Schedule student and teacher workshops!

Meet Kelley Weitzel:
I'm a North Florida native with a BS in Biology and an MA in Literature. For 15 years I worked as a professional naturalist teaching kids and adults about Florida nature and native history. Some semesters, I've taught college courses in Creative Writing, Freshman Composition, and Intro to Literature. And - as an educational consultant - I've provided workshops for teachers, librarians, and students about Timucua Indians, Florida Fictions for Kids, and FCAT-Friendly Activities. A few years back, I designed 4th grade Archaeology lesson plans about Florida's coquina forts, titled "Coquina Queries" for the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) available online at I've recently finished a new project with FPAN - a middle grade curriculum called "Timucua Technologies," with hands-on science activities that allow students to experience the technologies developed by early Floridians, including pottery coiling, rope weaving, flounder gigging, and hut thatching. It also investigates technologies used to study native cultures, including midden excavation, biotechnologies, and historical documents. Look for these lesson plans later this fall at

Interested in a Student or Teacher Presentation?

Florida Fictions for Kids Presentations:

For 15-200 Teachers, Librarians, or Non-Traditional Educators: Introduction to the Florida Fictions Resource Guide along with fun activities that build familiarity with using Florida Fictions in the Classroom. If less than 60 attending, a hands-on segment with kid-friendly activities is included. (1.5-2 hours)

Timucua / Native History Presentations:

For 15-200 Elementary Students: Interactive presentation about Timucua Culture. If less than 60 students, a hands-on segment with native artifacts and activities is included. If greater than 60, a reading of "The Mammoth Hunt" from Journeys with Florida's Indians is provided. (1.5-2 hours)

For <60 Teachers: Teachers participate in Interactive Discussion, receive instruction on Timucua Engravings, and experience Hands-on practice with Timucua Activities for the Classroom. (1.5-2 hours)

FCAT and the Sunshine State Standards:

For Authors and Non-Traditional Educators: Workshops range from 1) An introduction to incorporating these Florida educational standards with your materials and programs (1.5-2 hours) to 2) One-on-one Consulting to create SSS and FCAT-style materials for your book or educational site.

Email the Author to arrange a Presentation by clicking on the right sidebar link.