Which of you have state history as your history curriculum in fourth grade? I do. I wrote something last night that might help you in instructing state history. Feel free to add to it! It's about what to think about when teaching about your state. -Which city is the oldest in your state? If you’re in Florida, you’re in great luck- St. Augustine is also the oldest city in the United States! -Have your students learn about local government as well as the executive and legislative branches in your state. -If possible, have them meet the mayor of your city! My students actually had the opportunity in the 2006-07 school year. -Teach about the Indian tribes that dwelled in your state at one time as well as those who still reside in your state now. -Was your state on the Union or Confederate side during the Civil War? Or had your state not joined the Union yet? -What wars did your state fight in? -What laws were made in your state’s history? -Who are the people in your state’s history? For Florida, we have Henry Flagler, Osceola, Thomas Edison, Andrew Jackson, Ponce de Leon, Pedro Menendez de Aviles, Henry Plant, and many others. -How about cultures? In Florida, we have a Greek culture in Tarpon Springs.