Lesson Plan

Life of a Spanish Soldier

Spanish soldiers and school aged children interacting
Spanish Soldiers

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade
American Indian History and Culture, Hispanic or Latino American History and Culture, History
Lesson 1 hr. 30 minutes or each activity can be done separately.
Group Size:
Up to 24


In this lesson, students will learn about what life was like as a Spanish Soldier.


Students will learn what life was like in Colonial Florida as a Spanish Soldier from the 1720's -1760's. Students will practice using historical documents and video interpretation to summarize and synthesize information.


Read material prior to lesson.



Students will demonstrate knowledge Soldier Life by answering the skit required questions.Teachers my take an informal assessments from the skit and journal entry response.

Park Connections

To teach students about what life of a soldier was like protecting St. Augustine at the Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas. This lesson uses a written source and video of ranger explaining the life of a Soldado.

Additional Resources

Reading Informational:

Key Ideas and Details:

RI 1 Quoting accurately from text when explaining what the text says and when drawing inferences from text.

RI 2 Determine main idea from text and how it is supported by key details.

Craft and Structure:

RI 4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in the text.

RI 5 Compare and contrast overall structure of events, ideas, concepts or information in two or more texts.

RI 7 Draw on information from multiple print of digital sources, demonstrate the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or
solve a problem efficiently.

Social Studies NGSSS

SS.4.A.1.1 Use primary and secondary sources to identify significant individuals and events throughout Florida history.

SS.4.A.1.2 Synthesize information related to Florida history through print and electronic media.

SS.4.A.3.3 Identify the significance of St. Augustine as the oldest permanent European settlement in the United States.

SS.4.A. 3.4 Explain the purpose of daily life on the mission.

SS.4.A.3.7 Identify nations that controlled Florida (France, Spain, England) before it became a US territory.

SS.5.A.1.1 Use primary and secondary sources to understand history

SS.5.A.3.3 Describe interactions among Native Americans in the struggle for North American. Particularly Africans, English, French,
Dutch and Spanish for control of North America.

SS.5.A.4.1 Identify reasons for colonial settlement.


Soldado (Spanish word for soldier), haversack, Escopeta, provinces, hardtack, Cockade

Last updated: April 14, 2015