Category: 9-12 High School

Arkansas is our state: Differentiating between a State and a County

The goal of this unit is to teach students to identify the State of Arkansas on a map. They will learn the difference between a state and a country, discuss the lines and shapes that make up the State of Arkansas and create a State of Arkansas necklace as a culminating activity. The unit is designed to provide the kindergarten teacher with a music/art lesson using curriculum content.


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Arkansas highlands and lowlands

The goal of the unit is to provide kindergarten teachers with a plan to help them teach Arkansas history student learning expectations about basic geography in the state. The lesson also provides the teacher with information on an art activity to accompany content. It is suggested that this unit could be a part of a longer unit on communities.


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Arkansas Civil War drama

In this lesson students will examine the impact of the Civil War on the economic, social, and political systems of Arkansas. After studying the Civil War, each student will research an assigned character from this era. Students will then write their parts and perform them together in a role-playing simulation.

Lesson Plan

Courtesy of CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

Grade Level:5-8 Middle School;


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Arkansas Civil War bandits and outlaws

Students will study civilian Arkansans during the Civil War. These Arkansans, who held down the home front during the Civil War, faced many challenges, including outlaw bands know as Jayhawkers who ravaged the people and the land. Additionally, students may study the events leading up to the war and the post Civil War era.

Lesson Plan

Courtesy of CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

Grade Level:5-8 Middle 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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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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Camp Nine

Students will utilize various sources, including electronic technologies, to gain an understanding of Japanese Relocation Camps (especially the ones at Rohwer and Jerome, Arkansas) established during World War II by Executive Order 9066 signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Students will also participate in class discussions after reading Camp Nine and/or studying the time period. They will also conduct research and design a product based on the information gathered.


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