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Arkansas Frontier

Travel with your students back in time to the year 1809 and explore the Arkansas Frontier. This traveling suitcase exhibit provides frontier activities for Math, Language Arts, and Social Studies, including various hands-on activities.

This traveling suitcase exhibition was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Materials

Books
Apples to Oregon
Black Frontiers
Life on a Pioneer Homestead
Papa and the Pioneer Quilt
Pioneer Life from A to Z
Pioneer Projects
Schoolyard Games
The Prairie Schooners

  • Candles (3 short, 3 tall)
  • Coonskin Cap
  • Dowel Rods (6)
  • Glass Jars
  • Handbag (rag–doll inside and spectacles)
  • Leather Possible Bags (Labeled Names, Fates, and Possessions)
  • Lesson Plan Book
  • Measuring Tape (1)

Popsicle Sticks
Slide–Show Disk
String (to be used with Wagon Wheel)
Targets (4)
Trading Post (dollhouse)
Wagon–Wheel (Outside case)

Arkansas Curriculum Frameworks

Pre–Activity

  • Curriculum Frameworks, PDC.1.1: Categorize and prioritize wants and needs.

Through a Child’s Eyes, History Project

  • TCC.1.4, Content Standard 1, grades K–4: Describe how history is a continuing story of people, places, and events.
  • PPE.1.3, Content Standard 1, grades K–4: Analyze the contributions of various racial/ethnic groups and cultures to the community and state.
  • TCC.1.4, Content Standard 1, grades 5–8: Analyze how past decisions and events affect subsequent decisions throughout Arkansas’ history.
  • TCC.1.1, Strand 1, Content Standard 1, grades 9–12: Evaluate major turning points and historical events in Arkansas and connect them to the natural geographic regions in which they occurred.
  • SSPS.1.1, Strand 5, Content Standard 1, grades 9–12: Use appropriate tools such as globes, maps, statistical data, primary and secondary historical sources, relevant media resources, interactive technologies, and fieldwork for the study of Arkansas History.

Try Your Luck

  • TCC.1.4, Content Standard 1, grades K–4: Describe how history is a continuing story of people, places, and events.
  • PPE.1.3, Content Standard 1, grades K–4: Analyze the contributions of various racial/ethnic groups and cultures to the community and state.
  • TCC.1.4, Content Standard 1, grades 5–8: Analyze how past decisions and events affect subsequent decisions throughout Arkansas’ history.
  • TCC.1.1, Strand 1, Content Standard 1, grades 9–12: Evaluate major turning points and historical events in Arkansas and connect them to the natural geographic regions in which they occurred.
  • SSPS.1.1, Strand 5, Content Standard 1, grades 9–12: Use appropriate tools such as globes, maps, statistical data, primary and secondary historical sources, relevant media resources, interactive technologies, and fieldwork for the study of Arkansas History.

Fur Trade Table

  • NO.2K.2 Content Standard 2, grades K–1: Use physical and pictorial models to demonstrate various meanings of addition and subtraction
  • NO.2.2.5 Content Standard 2, grade 2: Demonstrate various meaning of addition and subtraction
  • NO.3.4.1 Contents Standard 3, grades 3–4: Demonstrate, with and without appropriate technology, computational fluency in multi-digit addition and subtraction in contextual problems

Trading Post

  • PDC.1.1, Strand 3, Content Standard 1, grades K–4: Categorize and prioritize wants and needs.
  • PDC.1.5. Content Standard 1, grades K-4 and 5–8: Demonstrate an understanding of economic terms, such as opportunity cost, scarcity, and production and recognize the different means of economic exchange, such as bartering, trading, and marketing.
  • PDC.1.2, Strand 3, Content Standard 1, grades 5–8: Assess how goods and services are limited by available natural and human resources requiring individuals and societies to make choices to satisfy wants and needs.
  • PDC.1.1, Content Standard 1, Strand 3, grades 9–12: Explore, explain and analyze the role that location, supply and demand, prices, incentives, and profits play in determining what is produced and distributed in a competitive market system.
  • NO.2K.2 Content Standard 2, grades K–1: Use physical and pictorial models to demonstrate various meanings of addition and subtraction
  • NO.2.2.5 Content Standard 2, grade 2: Demonstrate various meaning of addition and subtraction
  • NO.3.4.1 Contents Standard 3, grades 3–4: Demonstrate, with and without appropriate technology, computational fluency in multi-digit addition and subtraction in contextual problems
  • M.13.2.8 Content Standard 13, grade 2: Calculate the amount of money, spent with and without regrouping in a contextual situation
  • M.13.3.6 Content Standard 13, grades 3–4: apply money concepts in contextual situations

Some Tough Choices at the Trading Post

  • NO.3.4.3 Content Standard 3, grades 3–4: Attain, with and without appropriate technology, computational fluency in multiplication and division using contextual problems
  • A.6.2.1 Content Standard 6, grade 2: Use a chart or table to organize information and to understand relationships
  • A.7.3.1 Content Standard 7, grade 3: Identify the change over time
  • A.7.4.1 Content Standard 7, grade 4: Identify, describe and generalize relationships in which quantities change proportionally
  • DAP.15.4.2 Content Standard 15, grades 3–4: Match a set of data with a graphical representation of the data
  • DAP.16.1.1 Content Standard 16, grade 1: Explore making simple predictions for a given set of data
  • DAP.16.4.1 Content Standard 16, grades 2–4: Make simple predictions for a given set of data
  • A.7.8.1 Content Standard 7, grades 5–8: Use, with and without technology, graphs of real life situations to describe the relationships and analyze change including graphs of change (cost per minute) and graphs of accumulation (total cost)

Fates

  • TCC.1.1, Content Standard 1, grades K–4: Demonstrate the ability to think in terms of sequencing events.
  • SSPS.1.4. Strand 5, grades 5–8: Develop creative and critical thinking skills
  • SSPS.1.2, Strand 5, grades 9–12: Integrate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills throughout the study of Arkansas History.
  • SSPS.1.5, Strand 5, grades 9–12: Develop and enhance critical analysis skill, such as cause and effect and inductive and deductive reasoning.
  • SSPS.1.6, Strand 5, grades 9–12: Employ creative and critical thinking skills.

Wagon Wheel Math: How Far will it Roll

  • G.8.5.3 Content Standard 8, grade 5: Model and identify circle, radius, diameter center, circumference, and chord
  • G.8.6.4 Content Standard 8, grade 6: Draw, label and determine relationships among the radius, diameter, center and circumference (e.g. radius is half the diameter of a circle
  • G.8.7.5 Content Standard 8, grade 7: Model and develop the concept that pi is the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of any circle
  • M.13.8.1 Content Standard 13, grades 5–8: Draw and apply measurement skills with fluency to appropriate levels of precision

Wagon Wheel Fractions

  • No.1.K11 Content Standard 1, grade K–1: Use physical models and drawings to represent commonly used fractions such as halves, thirds, and fourths in relation to the whole
  • NO.1.1.12 Content Standard 1, grade 2–3: Represent fractions (halves, thirds, fourths, sixths and eighths) using words, numerals, and physical models

Frontier Exchange Economy

  • PDC.1.5. Content Standard 1, grades K–4 and 5–8: Demonstrate an understanding of economic terms, such as opportunity cost, scarcity, and production and recognize the different means of economic exchange, such as bartering, trading, and marketing.
  • PDC.1.2, Strand 3, Content Standard 1, grades 5–8: Assess how goods and services are limited by available natural and human resources requiring individuals and societies to make choices to satisfy wants and needs.
  • PDC.1.1, Content Standard 1, Strand 3, grades 9–12: Explore, explain and analyze the role that location, supply and demand, prices, incentives, and profits play in determining what is produced and distributed in a competitive market system.

Creative Writing

  • TCC.1.1, Content Standard 1, grades K–4: Demonstrate the ability to think in terms of sequencing events.
  • SSPS.1.4. Strand 5, grades 5–8: Develop creative and critical thinking skills
  • SSPS.1.2, Strand 5, grades 9–12: Integrate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills throughout the study of Arkansas History.
  • SSPS.1.5, Strand 5, grades 9–12: Develop and enhance critical analysis skill, such as cause and effect and inductive and deductive reasoning.
  • SSPS.1.6, Strand 5, grades 9–12: Employ creative and critical thinking skills.

Canoe

  • TCC.2.4, Content Standard 2, Student Learning Expectations, grades K–4: Explain how people, places events tools, institutions, attitudes, values, and ideas are the result of what has happened in the past.
  • TCC.2.1, Content Standard 2, grades 5–8: Explore and explain the technological changes in areas such as agriculture, arts, communication, languages, literature, and transportation which affect Arkansas.
  • TCC.2.2, Content Standard 2, grades 9–12: Compare and contrast multiple historical perspectives.