Teacher's Resources for Tocobaga Indians of Tampa Bay

Links to:
The Real Pocahontas

Learning Strategies

Tocobaga Indians of Tampa Bay


  1. The students will be able to identify characteristics of the Tocobaga Indian tribe.
  2. The students will be able to compare and contrast this tribe to other Florida tribes.
  3. The students will be able to explain why the Tocobaga tribe became extinct.
  4. Students will relate the "Real Pocahontas Story"

Sunshine State Standards Benchmarks:

 SS.8.G.6.2: Illustrate places and events in U.S. history through the use of narratives and graphic representations.
Depth of Knowledge:
N/A     Date Adopted or Revised: 12/08

SS.8.G.6.1: Use appropriate maps and other graphic representations to analyze geographic problems and changes over time throughout American history.
Depth of Knowledge:
N/A     Date Adopted or Revised: 12/08

SS.8.A.2.5: Discuss the impact of colonial settlement on Native American populations.
Depth of Knowledge:
N/A     Date Adopted or Revised: 12/08 


proximity discarded adz artifacts
atlatl midden mound supplement

Suggested Activities:

  1. Using a map of Florida, mark the area where the Tocobaga Indians were located.
  2. Have the students create a timeline belt using construction paper and string or yarn. Have the students illustrate the belt with pictures that tell about the Tocobaga Indians. Some examples would be pictures of their homes, a midden, an adz, deer, rabbits, etc.
  3. Have the students complete a hierarchical summary based on the reading passage.
  4. Have the students create a diorama of a Tocobaga Indian village. Have students include at least one of the following: a kitchen midden; a burial mound; the chief's temple/home mound; or a Tocobaga home.
  5. Have the students create a model of an adz and/or an atlatl. Include an explanation of how each item was used by the Tocobaga Indians.
  6. Examine the poster from the museum that's pictured. Have students describe each item pictured and relate them to other pages in this eBook.
  7. Complete and review FCAT questions.

(Note: Actual FCAT practice passages are wrtten at the students' independent reading level. These Florida History selections are written at the students' instructional reading level. Therefore, students should not be asked to complete the questions until after receiving class instruction on the vocabulary and content of the passage. Students should also read the Florida History selection independently before answering the FCAT questions and be permited to return to the selection for rereading as they answer.)