• Rifle Regiment arriving at Belle Point, 1817. Artwork by Michael Haynes

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

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Lesson Plans & Teacher Guides

This program can be either Ranger Instructed or Teacher Instructed

Discovering Fort Smith - Grades 5-12

Students working in groups using the exhibits students will research and present their finding about in the historic jails, Us Deputy Marshals, Judge Isaac C. Parker and his courtroom, and events that shaped in Fort Smith.

This program was developed using Common Core standards and has been tested and approved by students and teachers.

Lesson Plan for Discovering Fort Smith 5th - 12th grades.

Discovering Fort Smith 5th & 6th grades Answer Sheet 5th & 6th

Discovering Fort Smith 7th - 12th grades Answer Sheet 7th -12th

If you have a small class or you do not want the class to work in groups you have two options. Send the students on a Solo Expedition (grades 5 - 12) or use the talking points. Answers for Solo Expedition.

Background information packet for use with instructor led programs.

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Did You Know?

foundation remains of first fort overlooking Arkansas River

The U.S. Army selected a spot overlooking the confluence of the Arkansas and Poteau Rivers for the site of a fort. Soldiers from the Rifle Regiment arrived in 1817 and named the site Fort Smith after their commanding officer, Thomas A. Smith.