Kelley Weitzel

Kelley Weitzel, Author and Educational Consultant

Teachers Resource Guide on Florida Fictions for Kids - CD Format. Go to the "My Works" page to find out more!

For Elementary and Middle Grade Readers! Fiction and Non-Fiction Chapters. Go to the "My Works" page to check it out!

For Elementary Readers! Non-Fiction / Interactive. Go to the "My Works" page to see for yourself!

Arrange a workshop at your site for kids or adults
on Timucua Indians or Florida Fictions! Visit the Workshops Page, (link upper right) to learn more about scheduling a workshop at your school.

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 http:/​/​www.fpannortheast.org/​coquinaqueries/​. 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 It also investigates technologies used to study native cultures, including midden excavation, biotechnologies, and historical documents.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 http:/​/​flpublicarchaeology.org/​timucuan.

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.

Selected Works

Teacher Resource Guide
Want to teach science and social studies while building literacy? This CD Teacher Resource indexes children's books set in Florida according to time in history, geographical location, culture, social isssues, science concepts, and more!
Books for Kids
Archaeology is a Detective Science! Learn about Florida's early Timucua People by challenging yourself with more than 40 fun Detective Directives! What can you discover?
Explore prehistoric Florida through stories and facts - meet the Timucua, the Calusa, the Apalachee, and Florida's earliest Paleohunters! Fictional chapters allow you to experience mammoth and shark hunts, a shipwreck at sea, and an Apalachee ball game called "The Little Brother of War"!