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Discovery Boxes
(Grades 3-5)

These boxes are designed for use as hands-on programs by elementary students in grades
3 and up, and the learning objectives, frameworks, and standards noted here reflect that fact. Teachers at any grade level are welcome to borrow a box and adapt it to their students' needs. Boxes also may be used effectively as in-school exhibits.

Each box includes historical objects and /or reproduction items, photographs, illustrations, and/or document replicas, along with explanatory labels. Learning activities emphasize use of primary sources and thinking skills.

Discovery Boxes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and may be borrowed by administrators, school librarians, teachers, or home school parents. Boxes are typically checked out for 2 weeks at a time.  Please call 621-1154 to check on availability or to schedule their use. We ask that you pick-up and return borrowed items to the museum.

Apple Blossom Time
Students will understand the major role of the apple industry in the economy of turn-of-the-20th century Northwest Arkansas; understand the role of the railroad in fostering the rise of the apple industry; understand the development and significance of the Apple Blossom Festivals of the 1920s. Please note: This box will not be available in September.

 

At Home in Arkansas:  The Pioneer Home and Family of the 1840s
At Home in Arkansas: The Victorian Home and Family of the 1890s
At Home in Arkansas: The World War II Home and Family of the 1940s
At Home in Arkansas:  The Decade that Changed America -  the 1960s

NOTE: These boxes can be used individually or as a set.
Students will understand how the natural environment affected the pioneer home; understand how technology has affected the American home; understand changing roles in the American family; be able to compare and contrast homes and families of different periods with those of today; and understand how national and world events and changing styles in architecture and decoration have affected America and Arkansas; see how events happening across the country and even around the world affected people in Arkansas. 

 

Benton County Crime Stories
This box has been designed to give students a glimpse into the history of Benton County law enforcement from the 1830s to the late 1990s.  Students will learn about some of the lawmen and women from our area and some of the lawbreakers, too. 

 

Building Rogers
The student will be introduced to architectural styles and learn more about the characteristic features of these styles; learn about the historical events and cultural diffusion that caused architectural styles to become popular; learn that style can be a clue to determining the age of a building; will learn that styles are an expression of the taste, creativity and values of a society at a particular period in time; and learn to identify architectural styles and a variety of tools.       

    

The Frisco Line
Students will understand the role of the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad in the founding of Rogers; learn the importance of the railroad in the economic development of our region; and understand why the railroad declined as a means of transportation in the postwar era.  

 

Grandpa’s Barn
Students will understand how technology has affected the American farm; understand how and why barns are different on different types of farms and in different parts of the nation; and appreciate the importance of barns and their preservation.  

 

Grandma’s Kitchen
Students will understand how technology has affected the American home; understand how technology and marketing have affected the American diet; understand changing roles in the American family; and be able to compare and contrast kitchens of the past with those of today. 

 

Quilts
Students will understand how quilt patterns and names were handed down through the years; understand how real objects were interpreted by quilt designers as abstract geometric designs; and understand that quilts are works of folk art. 

 

School Days
Students will understand the role of the public schools in the past; be able to compare and contrast education today with education long ago; and be able to compare and contrast the lives of children long ago with their lives today. 

 

What’s Its: Gadgets of Long Ago
Students will understand how technology has affected the American home, farm, and office; and be able to compare and contrast homes, farms, and offices of the past with those of today. 

 

The Civil War in Benton County
Students will learn that the causes of war were complex and interwoven, discover that the Arkansas-Missouri state line established the line dividing the North from the South, realize that significant battles were fought locally, and learn about the war from a military perspective and also from the perspective of a typical family from the Union and the Confederacy. The box Includes reproduction flags and a PowerPoint CD. 

 

The Sagers: Pioneer Immigrant Cabinetmakers
Students will appreciate the contributions of German immigrants to antebellum Arkansas; understand that movement into Northwest Arkansas reflects trends in immigration into the United States; and understand that craftsmen played an important role in pioneer Arkansas. 

 

Stop the Press: Newspapers of Long Ago
Students will understand how technology has affected the American newspaper office; be able to compare and contrast newspapers of the past with those of today; and understand the role of the newspaper in the civic and social life of their community.

 

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