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Florida Science Day


Florida Science Day

Topic: Wind Energy

Science Day will blow you away!



Here they are!  Please visit the links below to review the winning Science Day lessons:


  • 2nd Grade Lesson: Let's Look at Air!  By Janet M. Acerra of Pinellas County (PDF File)
  • 5th Grade Lesson:  Playground Heat! By Michelle Ferro, Nancy Rehwoldt, and Wendy Shelden of Brevard County (PDF File)
  • 7th Grade Lesson:  The Winds in My Sails  By Ellen Maracotta and Kimberly Rys of Pasco County (PDF File)
  • High School Lesson:  We Got Trouble, Right Here in "Your Town"!  By Jennifer Cribbs of Volusia County (PDF File)


The Office of Mathematics and Science at the Florida Department of Education is excited to introduce the first annual Florida Science Day on May 16, 2008.  On this day, every school in the state will be invited to teach a specific science lesson.  There will be a lesson for high school, a lesson for middle school, and lessons for intermediate (4-5) and primary (K-3) elementary levels.

The newly proposed Sunshine State Standards for science will be the focus for lesson development. The theme for 2008 is wind energy.

New! Please note:

The Florida Association of Science Teachers (FAST) and the Florida Association of Science Supervisors (FASS), in support of the initiative for Florida Science Day, are offering awards to the writers of each of the four selected lessons for implementation on the first annual Florida Science Day on May 16, 2008.  One award per lesson will be granted (and may be shared if their are multiple authors).  The award includes a complimentary one-year membership to FAST and paid conference registration for the October 2008 FAST annual meeting in Orlando, FL.  Additionally, $500 will be awarded by FAST for support to attend the annual meeting and $250 will be awarded by FASS.  The Office of Mathematics and Science thanks the FAST and FASS Executive Boards for their support of this initiative.

The Office of Mathematics and Science is inviting teachers and other interested science educators to submit lesson plans to be considered for State Science Day. The respective lesson plans will focus upon the following benchmarks at the 9-12 grade band, 7th grade, 5th grade, and 2nd grade levels:

Grade Level /

Benchmark Number

Proposed Benchmark

2nd Grade


Investigate that air is all around us and that moving air is wind.

5th Grade


Recognize how air temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, wind speed and direction, and precipitation determine the weather in a particular place and time.

7th Grade


Investigate and describe the transformation of energy from one form to another.

High School


Analyze past, present, and potential future consequences to the environment resulting from various energy production technologies.

 With all of the schools in Florida potentially participating in this event, teachers are invited to submit lesson plans that could involve every school in the state.  The lessons selected for implementation will be offered through the new Florida Standards Database.  The writers of these model lessons will be declared Florida Science Educators of the Day on the first annual Florida Science Day and will be offered the opportunity to model the lessons in their classrooms.

 Lesson plans will be due no later than March 30, 2008.  A committee of science teachers and science experts will review the proposed lessons and score them according to a rubric that was developed by the Office of Mathematics and Science.  The highest scoring lesson plan for each benchmark will be offered to Florida schools as the model lesson for Science Day. 

Lessons may be written and submitted by individuals or groups.  Lessons may be designed for implementation in a single day or over multiple days with a culminating lesson on May 16, 2008.

Click here to view the suggested template for proposed lesson plans:  MS Word or PDF

Click here to view the scoring rubric for the proposed lesson plans:  MS Word or PDF

The selected model lesson writers will have access to resources from the Office of Mathematics and Science, the Florida Knowledge Network, and the Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (FCR-STEM) to assist with the implementation and dissemination of the lesson.  These resources may include website space, video capabilities, and more.

Lessons may be submitted electronically to Lance King at the Office of Mathematics and Science at lance.king@fldoe.org.  Supporting materials such as video of the lesson being implemented may be submitted in hard copy to Lance King (see the postal address below).

Lessons may refer to non-commercial websites that were used in lesson development or by students as part of the lesson.  Advertisement or inclusion of commercial products will disqualify lesson plans.  Lesson ideas may be borrowed from other sources, but failure to reference or cite non-original ideas will result in disqualification of lessons. Collaboration on lesson plans is encouraged.

Please join us in making the first annual Florida Science Day a chance to teach science in an exciting and useful context and an opportunity for our science classrooms to come together as a state. If you have a lesson plan or idea for a science lesson with wind energy as the theme, please consider sharing it with teachers across the state on Florida Science Day!

For additional information, please contact: 

Mr. Lance King
Office of Mathematics and Science
Florida Department of Education
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 501A
Tallahassee, Florida  32399-0400