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The mission of the Arkansas History Hub is to "improve the quality of Arkansas history education across the state by providing comprehensive access to online resources." Maintained by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies (a department of the Central Arkansas Library System), the Arkansas History Hub has a large database of lesson plans that can be navigated by grade level, era, and region. Their website also showcases student-produced content, such as history projects and artwork.
The Encyclopedia of Arkansas has numerous articles on various aspects of Arkansas history and culture, including individuals, organizations, places, and more. At the bottom of each entry there are links to additional sources, and some entries include corresponding teacher-created lesson plans available through the Butler Center.
Arkansas State Archives (Department of Arkansas Heritage)
The Arkansas State Archives is a great resource for researching historical records and archival collections. They also provide a number of robust lesson plans that align with state education standards.
Engineering is Elementary are hands-on engineering lesson plans from the Museum of Science, Boston. These in-depth plans include outcomes and impacts for the students, NGSS standards, and easy-to-follow lessons. Each packet contains multiple sequential lessons; individual activities can easily be lifted out of the sequence and offered as stand-alone activities. There are plans designed for use in classrooms that you can purchase (EiE Curriculum), or plans for after-school programs that are free to download (Engineering Adventures). The after-school plans can easily be adapted for use in classrooms.
The Smithsonian Center for Learning & Digital Access page is full of wonderful resources, including lesson plans for a variety of grade levels and in a variety of subjects, a searchable database of resources, activity sheets, and professional development for educators. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and Science Education Center also have their own educator resources pages complete with lesson plans and online activities that can be adapted to your classroom, and the Smithsonian Learning Lab has lots of resources for learner-driven exploration (however, Learning Lab is not useful for finding lesson plans).
AMNH has a large list of resources, though it is somewhat unwieldy to navigate. Scan through their lists for fun lesson plans and classroom activities, as well as educational resources for teachers that want to brush up on (or learn for the first time) some subjects they might not be too familiar with.
Self-described as "America’s #1 Educational Media Brand for access to thousands of innovative, standards-aligned digital resources, compelling student experiences, and professional development opportunities." PBS Learning Media has a huge amount of resources, all easily navigable by grade level and subject as well as national and state standards—wow! You will need to create an account to access their resources, which is quick, easy, and free.
A well-developed and organized website that is full of free lesson and unit plans, and usually very high quality. The lesson plans (see "Lessons and Ideas" on the navigation column to the left) can be easily navigated based on grade level.
This website features economically priced lesson plans and activity sheets that are by teachers, for teachers. It’s like Etsy for lesson plans! The content is mainly geared towards elementary level teaching, and the products can be somewhat variable in terms of quality—use your own judgment.
ASC lesson plans
Storybook that focuses on making beautiful pieces of art from regular or artistic mistakes.
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves
Storybook that introduces seasonal changes.
How to Draw a Dragon
Storybook that introduces brainstorming and artistic expression.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Storybook that introduces caterpillar life stages
What Makes a Rainbow?
Storybook that focuses on learning the colors of the rainbow
The Little Engine that Could
Storybook that focuses on courage from a perspective
that small children can relate to and understand
Introduction to robotics and mechanical engineering.
Introduction to electrical engineering and mechanical engineering in shadow puppet construction
PRIMARY SOURCES AND THE DESEGREGATION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS SCHOOL OF LAW
Introduction to using primary sources as a lens for examining race relations in America. This curriculum packet was provided in conjunction with a screening of the film I Am Not Your Negro. It is intended as a supplemental guide for educators to make regional connections to Southeast Arkansas’s history with the Civil Rights Movement and desegregation in higher education.
Prominent African Americans of Jefferson County
Selected resources on prominent African Americans of Jefferson County during the Era of Progressiveness. This resource sheet was provided in conjunction with a program by the Arkansas-based living history group, Voices in the Past, at the Crossroad Festival at ASC.