Lesson plans: Arkansas Foodways Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will introduce students to the types of foods common to people living in the territory and state that would become Arkansas by the third decade of the 19th century. Students will explore the origins of these foods and how they were introduced to the region. Additionally, students will examine images of common instruments used in food preparation during this time period, and discuss how these implements would have been used and what skills these early Arkansas residents would have needed to prepare food. Students will also research and discuss the origins of traditional “Arkansas foods” that we still consume today through recording and transcription of a family or community recipe.

Creator: Arkansas State Archives

Grades: 5-8 Middle School; 9-12 High School

Geographic: Ozark Mountains (plateau)

Time period: Early 20th Century 1901-1940 (gr 7-8)

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Lesson plans: Cold Case?: A Homicide in 1841 Arkansas

The lesson plan utilizes Surprised by Death by George Lankford, published in 2009 by Butler Center Books and distributed by the University of Arkansas Press. Students will not only study the territorial era of Arkansas but they will review the literature written during the time by an Arkansan who is a major character in Surprised by Death, a novel based on a true story. Students may also study the American literature author Washington Irving, whose book, A Tour on the Prairies, features one of the characters in Lankford’s book.

Creator: Butler Center

Grades: 9-12 High School

Geographic: Ozark Mountains (plateau)

Location: Independence County

Time period: Louisiana Purchase Through Early Statehood 1803-1860

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Lesson plans: Ozark karst: A fragile landform

Students will become familiar with karst topography in the Ozark Plateau Natural Division, and with the impact that modern humans have had on the sensitive cave ecosystems created by this landform. Presented with a typical commercial development proposal in a mythical North Arkansas town, students will research and assume the roles of community leaders and activists to solve a potential environmental problem. This lesson will take several days to complete.

Creator: Butler Center

Grades: 5-8 Middle School

Geographic: Ozark Mountains (plateau)

Time period: Modern Era 1968 to Present

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Lesson plans: Ozark folk culture and geography in the Mountain View, Arkansas area

Students will develop an understanding of Ozark culture, the Mountain View area and specific tourist attractions. Geographic themes included are: place, location, human-environment interaction, and movement.

Creator: Butler Center

Grades: 5-8 Middle School

Geographic: Ozark Mountains (plateau)

Location: Stone County

Time period: Modern Era 1968 to Present

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Lesson plans: Boom and bust in the Ozark forests

In this lesson students will learn about a human activity that had a major affect on the natural landscape in the Ozark Plateau Natural Division—the removal of the deciduous forests that occurred by the end of the nineteenth century. They will compare the Ozark deforestation with the removal of Truffula trees and associated ecological events in the story of The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss. Students will also analyze the timber “boom and bust” of the early 1900’s and learn about federal and state agencies that exist to prevent such environmental catastrophes from occurring again.

Creator: Butler Center

Grades: 5-8 Middle School

Geographic: Ozark Mountains (plateau)

Time period: Modern Era 1968 to Present

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