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Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Teaching Resources: Arkansas History

Who would consider teaching Arkansas history without including economics? I don't think it could be done! To assist you, the Moore Center has collected or developed lessons or curricula on economics as it is applied to Arkansas history. Be sure check them out. They are all hands-on and activity based. Some, such as Ballooning through Arkansas History and Arkansas Park Development make good use of Internet resources. Don't miss the special page on Economic Dimensions of Arkansas history including a lesson and an Internet based Jeopardy formatted game. Students and teachers LOVE it!

  • Economic Dimensions of Arkansas History - this curriculum was developed by middle school education majors at the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas Women's Giving Circle. 
    This lesson uses an Arkansas map as a graphic organizer as students learn about industry, history, natural resources, transportation, and geography. After sharing their newly developed knowledge with classmates, they regroup and compete on an Internet based Jeopardy format game --- great fun with maximum learning!
  • Ballooning through Arkansas History: Experiencing Scarcity
    Students working in groups or individually use the Internet to determine where they will stop in each of Arkansas' geographic regions. They have scarcity of time and space as they plan their trip.

  • Arkansas Park Development: Scarcity of Land
    Students research the six natural divisions of the state to determine the location for a new state park. Due to scarcity of resources, only one new park can be developed. The goals of the park and the opportunity cost are important criteria to be considered in this important decision.

  • Arkansas Traveler: What Do You See?
    A K-2 Arkansas history Common Core lesson written by Marsha Masters with Economics Arkansas. Great fun and educational too!

  • The Wheels on the Truck Go Round and Round to Market
    Another fun activity that capitalizes on young learners interest in transportation. Again written by Marsha Masters from Economics Arkansas. Enjoy this Common Core aligned activity.

  • Arkansas: Specializing to Produce a Great State
    Through active participation in assembling an Arkansas puzzle and playing a card game, the students will learn about specialization in early Arkansas. Interdependence and specialization come to life when students first produce Arkansas puzzles on their own and then in production groups. Students learn how division of labor can increase productivity. They then relate these economic concepts to their lives as they go out into the community and interview modern day specialists.

Arkansas History Song

Arkansas Stories - These songs use traditional music to tell stories of Arkansas pasts.  A great way to introduce new history ideas to your student!

  • Arkansas Stories - Charley Sandage, performed by: Harmony - Track 7 Sultana (2:44)