⁣Lesson Plan: Discover the Charm of Old Naples: 3rd Street South Walking Tour

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⁣Lesson Plan: Discover the Charm of Old Naples: 3rd Street South Walking Tour

Grade Level: 3-5

Objective: By the end of this lesson, students will develop an understanding and appreciation for the historical and cultural significance of Old Naples' 3rd Street South through a walking tour. Students will enhance their observation and critical thinking skills while exploring the unique shops, architecture, and landmarks of this historic district.

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.3: Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.8: Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.4: Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

- Access to the internet or library resources
- Paper and pencils
- Field notebooks or sheets for recording observations


1. Introduction (5 minutes):
- Begin the lesson by discussing the concept of historical districts and their significance in preserving a community's heritage.
- Show images or videos of 3rd Street South in Old Naples to capture students' interest and curiosity.

2. Research and Discussion (15 minutes):
- Instruct students to research and find information about the history and cultural importance of 3rd Street South.
- Encourage students to explore topics such as the founding of Old Naples, notable landmarks, and the evolution of the district over time.
- Allow students to discuss their findings in small groups or pairs.

3. Walking Tour Preparation (15 minutes):
- Explain the concept of a walking tour and how it allows visitors to experience a place firsthand.
- Provide students with a map or guide to 3rd Street South.
- Instruct students to imagine themselves on a walking tour and ask them to identify specific shops, architecture, or landmarks they would like to observe and learn more about.

4. Walking Tour (60 minutes):
- Conduct the walking tour of 3rd Street South in Old Naples, either in person or virtually through online resources.
- Guide students through the district, pointing out significant shops, historical buildings, and landmarks.
- Encourage students to take notes and sketch or photograph the places that catch their attention.

5. Reflective Writing and Discussion (10 minutes):
- After completing the walking tour, have students individually write a short reflection on their experience.
- Prompt students to reflect on what they've learned about the history and culture of Old Naples, the significance of preserving historical districts, and their favorite aspects of 3rd Street South.
- Allow students to share their reflections with the class and engage in a group discussion on the importance of community heritage.

Common Core Labels Correlations:

Join me for an evening walk in the 3rd Street shopping and dining district in Old Naples, Florida. We begin with a sunset on Naples Beach.

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