Educational Downloads

Activity Books

Cracker Country activity books are a popular pre-tour activity for elementary schools. Please feel free to download and copy these books for use with your students.  However, please remember that these books are copyrighted and any commercial or non-educational use is strictly prohibited.

We offer two activity books, one for K-2nd. grades titled A Look At Florida Then And Now and another for 3rd.-5th. grades called Cracker Country's Frontier Children.  Click on the title of the book you want to download.

K-2nd. Grade Activity Book
"A Look At Florida Then And Now"

3rd.-5th. Grade Activity Book
"Cracker Country's Pioneer Children"


More Free Educational Downloads

Student Vocabulary List

No matter how hard we try, it's difficult to interpret history without using words your students may not be familiar with.  We suggest that you download a copy of our Student Vocabulary List to review with your students before coming for your tour.


Rural Florida Family Life 1870-1912

Click Here to download our new booklet on Rural Florida Family Life 1870-1912.  This publication will help you and your students discover what life was like for early rural Florida families.


Pre-Trip Lesson Plans

This is a group of worksheets that provide a broad overview of rural Florida in 1898, museum operations and museum professions. They will give students a background to the time period we interpret before they visit Cracker Country.

The Historian (grades 4-8)

In this lesson plan students will learn about various museum professionals. Students will also discover how a historian engages in critical thinking, and learn how a museum functions.

Curator (grades 3-8)

Using this worksheet, students will learn how to curate their own museum exhibit. Students will use items found at Cracker Country to create their own imaginary exhibition, providing students with a means to critically think about historical objects.

Mindset of 1898 (grades k-8)

This worksheet provides a brief history of the time period of 1898.

KWL Chart (grade K-8)

This is a worksheet that provides students with a journal to record what they know about this time period, what they want to know, and what they learned during their visit to Cracker Country.

Florida Industry - Lesson Plans

This series of lesson plans are designed to compliment our Florida Industry School Tours at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Grades 4-8.

Discover how some of Florida's industries were shaped by the natural resources of our state! This tour takes place in the Florida Forestry/Cattle Ranching exhibit building and the Steam Engine Pavilion. This tour does not include the Cracker Country living history museum. 

Vocabulary List

Florida Industry Vocabulary List

Citrus Industry Picture Analysis Lesson Plan

Citrus Industry Teachers Resources (Grades 4-8)
Citrus Image Worksheet (Grades 4-8)

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Images courtesy of the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame Archives.


How Many Horses Are You Worth? Lesson Plan

This lesson plan combines history and science in a lab for calculating student horsepower while demonstrating why the term was useful at a time when engines were slowly replacing workhorses. 

Horsepower Teachers Resources (Grades 4-8)
Horsepower Worksheet (Grades 4-8) 


Cattle Branding Lesson Plan

This lesson plan engages students' creativity and problem-solving abilities in an exercise that places them in multiple roles connected to the design and use of brands in Florida's cattle industry.

Cattle Branding Teachers Resources (Grades 4-8)
Cattle Brand Example Sheet (Grades 4-8)

Rural Home Life Lesson Plans

This series of lesson plans compliment our Rural Home Life School Tours. Grades 1-5.

Take a step back in time while we engage, inspire, and educate your students! Students will take back to their modern world knowledge of the differences and similarities between their lives and those of children in 1898.


General Florida History Lesson Plan

This lesson plan allows students to make parallels between Florida today and rural Florida in 1898. In addition, students will compare 100 years ago with today and learn how historic buildings and artifacts can be used as tools for learning.

General Lesson Plans (grades 3-5)
Worksheet Evidence and Artifacts (grades 3-5)
Worksheet Historic House (grades 3-5)

Butter Churning

These lesson plans allow children to learn about churning butter in the late 19th century.  Children will learn how families living in Florida were self-sufficient by making their own butter, in addition to learning how this activity was a chore for children. Students will also learn about the process of making butter and participate in a group activity that tests their knowledge on butter churning.   

Butter Churning Lesson Plans (grades 1-5)
Butter Churning Question and Answer Worksheet (grades 1-5)
Butter Churning Poster


These lesson plans consist of activities and worksheets that provide students with information about Florida’s citrus crops. Students will explore how citrus crops grow in Florida, plus the importance of citrus industry to Florida’s Economy. Students will learn about the shipment of citrus crops and the significance of Florida’s railroad in the shipment process.

Citrus Lesson Plans (grades 1-2)
Worksheet Citrus Map (grades 1-2)
Worksheet Florida Citrus Farming Photographs (grades 1-2)

Citrus Lesson Plans (grades 3-5)
Worksheet Citrus & Vocabulary (grades 3-5)
Worksheet Florida's Citrus Crop (grades 3-5)


These lesson plans help children discover the importance of corn, the uses of corn, and how corn was harvested in rural Florida in 1898. Students will participate in craft activities and worksheets, which help them learn vocabulary words and the significance of corn in Florida. 

Corn Lesson Plan (grades 1-2)
Worksheet Pop-up Corn

Corn Lesson Plan (grades 3-5)
Worksheet Corn Defined (grades 3-5)
Worksheet Corn Statistics (grades 3-5)
Worksheet Craft Corn (grades 3-5)

Economy and Bartering

Use these lesson plans to help students explore Florida’s economy in 1898 and discover the process of bartering. Students will learn how bartering became the main means of trade in places such as a general store as well as the economic problems that made bartering systems popular in Florida.

Economy and Bartering Lesson Plan (grades 1-2)
Worksheet The Economy (grades 1-2)

Economy and Bartering Lesson Plan (grades 3-5)
Worksheet The Catalog (grades 3-5)

Daily Life

These lesson plans help students compare their life with children living in rural Florida in 1898. Students will examine chores that children participated in plus the duties of each family member. Students will use worksheets and group reading activities to learn home life history.

Daily Life Lesson Plan (grades 1-3)
Worksheet Children and Chores (grades 1-3)

Daily Life Lesson Plan (grades 4-5)
Worksheet Daily Life and Art (grades 4-5)
Worksheet Daily Life and Climate (grades 4-5)
Worksheet Daily Life in Florida 1898 (grades 4-5

KWL Charts

Pre-Trip KWL Chart (grades 1-5)
Post-Trip KWL Chart (grades 1-5)


Use these lesson plans to help students compare their school to 1898 rural Florida schools. Students will participate in actual school lessons from the year 1898, in addition to learning vocabulary that pertains to a one-room school house. 

School Lesson Plan (grades 1-2)
Worksheet The Beginning of Class (grades 1-2)

School Lesson Plan (grades 3-5)
Worksheet Pledge of Allegiance (grades 3-5)
Worksheet School Life Vocabulary (grades 3-5)

Social Life

These lesson plans use worksheets and classroom discussion to allow students to discover social activities, social requirements, and the buildings used for social activities. By utilizing critical thinking, students will be able to compare their social life with the social life of children living in rural Florida in 1898.

Social Life Lesson Plan (grades 1-2)

Social Life Lesson Plan (grades 3-5)
Worksheet Beetle (grades 3-5)
Worksheet Social Games (grades 3-5)
Worksheet Social Life Vocabulary (grades 3-5)
Worksheet The Church (grades 3-5)

Sugar Cane

These lesson plans help students discover the significance of sugar cane in early Florida. Students will explore the process of harvesting sugar cane, and the different types of machines (mills) used to turn sugar cane into cane syrup. In addition, students will examine how sugar cane was used and consumed in rural Florida in 1898. With the use of worksheets, crafts, and group activities students will learn sugar cane vocabulary and the importance of this crop in Florida.

Sugar Cane Lesson Plan (grades 1-2)
Worksheet Sugar Cane map (grades 1-2)

Sugar Cane Lesson Plan (grades 3-5)
Worksheet Sugar Cane Crop (grades 3-5)
Worksheet Sugar Cane Mills (grades 3-5)


By using these lesson plans, students will learn the history of various types of transportation used in rural Florida in 1898 and will be able to compare transportation in 1898 with transportation used today. In addition, students will be able to participate in a group activity that will allow them to learn about the communication system used by railroads.

Transportation Lesson Plan (grades 1-2)

Railroad Hand Signals (grades 1-5)

Transportation Lesson Plan (grades 3-5)
Worksheet Trains and the Citrus Industry (grades 3-5)