Category: Louisiana Purchase Through Early Statehood 1803-1860

Arkansas animals: A Story of Change

In this lesson students will review the species of animals that have become extinct since the last ice age. They will also learn about the actions of early Europeans that caused the loss of some animal species in Arkansas and about the successful reintroduction of three species. Students will examine the human activities that threaten animals today and research a specific animal in Arkansas that is affected by our ever-increasing number of roads.


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Arkansas and the CCC

Students will analyze primary sources to understand the context of the Great Depression. Students will then research multiple resources, such as the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture, to understand the CCC and the role it played at Petit Jean State Park. Students will arrange their information in a graphic organizer as a means to understand key concepts,


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1818 Arkansas journals

Students will develop an understanding of continuity and change over time in Arkansas using a primary resource, Schoolcraft’s “Ozark Journal”, as an example to help them create journals about early 19th century exploration of their own county or the state of Arkansas as a whole.

Lesson Plan

Courtesy of CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

Grade Level:5-8 Middle School;


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