Category: Louisiana Purchase Through Early Statehood 1803-1860

Up, up, up the side of the mountain

The goal of this unit is to continue the study of the geography of Arkansas. This lesson plan should be a part of a study on mathematicians including Pythagoras. Use of Arkansas maps makes this an Arkansas History lesson.

Lesson Plan

Courtesy of CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

Grade Level:5-8 Middle School

Time period: Modern Era 1968 to Present

Arkansas Academic Standards are subject to revision every six years by the Arkansas Department of Education.


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Under One Flag: A year at Rohwer

The goal of this unit is to introduce students to the concept of the Japanese relocation camps used during World War II in Arkansas. Students will organize information.

Lesson Plan

Courtesy of CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

Grade Level:5-8 Middle School

Time period: World War II Through the Civil Rights Era 1941-1967

Arkansas Academic Standards are subject to revision every six years by the Arkansas Department of Education.


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To the North, A black family leaves Arkansas to find work in Michigan

Students will examine and analyze the economic reasons that caused the migration of many Arkansans to other areas of the Untied States. They will also review the outcome of this migration as these Arkansans searched for better living conditions in the timeframe from the Great Depression through World War II. They will practice organizing information.


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The responsibility of preservation: What would a good citizen do?

Through the study of the assumed extinction and rediscovery of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, students will analyze the responsibility of citizens to report observations and preserve habitats. They will complete a writing prompt for further analysis and opinion. They will organize and synthesize information.

Lesson Plan

Courtesy of CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

Grade Level:5-8 Middle School

Time period: Modern Era 1968 to Present

Arkansas Academic Standards are subject to revision every six years by the Arkansas Department of Education.


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Symbols of our state

The goal of this unit is to teach students about the symbols of the State of Arkansas. Depending upon grade level, they will learn about and be able to identify the state flag, insect, tree, beverage, flower, bird, fruit/vegetable, folk dance, instrument, gem, mineral, rock, mammal, and anthem. Students should be able to describe the state seal.


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Sunburnt sons of toil: Arkansas and the Agricultural Wheel

Students will analyze primary and secondary sources to gain an understanding of The Agricultural Wheel and the role it played in the life of Arkansas farmers. Students will take this information and create visuals and scenarios detailing the different stages in the Wheel’s creation. Students will use resources for a predetermined task.

Lesson Plan

Courtesy of CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

Grade Level:9-12 High School

Time period: Civil War Through the Gilded Age 1861-1900

Arkansas Academic Standards are subject to revision every six years by the Arkansas Department of Education.


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Step into the past: Change and growth in Arkansas

The goal of this unit is to teach students about the concept of time and change. History is a continuation and exploring this continuation can be revealing and rewarding. Students will get the opportunity to explore their own history, as well as history in the state. They will also learn to apply reading skills, especially sequencing of events.


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