Arkansas Printables

Worksheets about the Natural State

Arkansas Printables
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Arkansas became the United State's 25th state on June 15, 1836. Situated just west of the Mississippi River, Arkansas was first explored by Europeans in 1541.

The land became part of France's holdings in North America in 1682. It was sold to the U.S. as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. 

Arkansas was one of eleven southern states to secede from the Union during the Civil War. It was readmitted in 1866.

Although Arkansas is spelled like the state of Kansas, it is pronounced Ar-can-saw by law! Yes, there is actually a state law regarding how to pronounce the state's name

Arkansas is the only state in the U.S. where diamonds are mined. Visitors to the state can mine for diamonds in Crater of Diamonds State Park, something you can't do anywhere else in the world! The state's other natural resources include natural gas, coal, and bromine.

Arkansas's eastern border is made up almost entirely of the Mississippi River. It is also bordered by Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Missouri. The state capital, Little Rock, is located in the geographic center of the state.

Teach your students more about the Natural State with the following free printables.

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Arkansas Vocabulary

Arkansas printable vocabulary worksheet
Arkansas printable vocabulary worksheet. Beverly Hernandez

Print the pdf: Arkansas Vocabulary Sheet

Introduce your students to the people and places associated with Arkansas using this vocabulary worksheet. Children should use the internet or a reference book about the state to determine how each person or place is related to Arkansas. Then, they will write each name on the blank line next to its correct description.

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Arkansas Wordsearch

Arkansas printable wordsearch
Beverly Hernandez

Print the pdf: Arkansas Word Search

Use this fun word search puzzle to help your students review the people and places of Arkansas. Each name can be found among the jumbled letters in the puzzle.

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Arkansas Crossword Puzzle

Arkansas crossword puzzle
Arkansas crossword puzzle. Beverly Hernandez

Print the pdf: Arkansas Crossword Puzzle 

A crossword puzzle makes a fantastic, stress-free review tool. Each clue describes a person or place associated with the Natural State. See if your students can correctly fill in the puzzle without referring to their completed vocabulary sheet.

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Arkansas Alphabet Activity

Arkansas worksheet
Arkansas worksheet. Beverly Hernandez

Young students can review the terms associated with Arkansas and practice their alphabetizing skills at the same time. Students should place each name from the word bank in correct alphabetical order on the blank lines provided.

You may wish to have older students alphabetize names by last name, writing them last name first/first name last. 

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Arkansas Challenge

Arkansas worksheet
Arkansas worksheet. Beverly Hernandez

Print the pdf: Arkansas Challenge

See how well your students remember what they've learned about America's 25th state using this challenge worksheet. They should choose the correct answer from the multiple choice options following each description.

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Arkansas Draw and Write

Arkansas Draw and Write
Arkansas Draw and Write. Beverly Hernandez

Students can practice their composition, drawing, and handwriting skills with this draw and write sheet. Students should draw a picture depicting something related to Arkansas. Then, they will use the blank lines to write about their drawing.

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Arkansas State Bird and Flower Coloring Page

Arkansas State Flower
Arkansas State Flower. Beverly Hernandez

The state bird of Arkansas is the mockingbird. The mockingbird is a medium-sized songbird known for its ability to mimic the calls of other birds. It is grey-brown in color with white bars on its wings.

Arkansas's state flower is the apple blossom. Apples used to be a major agricultural product for the state. The apple blossom is pink in color with a yellow center. 

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Arkansas Coloring Page - Memorable Arkansas Events

Arkansas Coloring Page
Arkansas Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez

Use this worksheet to introduce students to some of the memorable events in Arkansas's history, such as the discoveries of diamonds and bauxite.

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Arkansas Coloring Page - Hot Springs National Park

Arkansas Coloring Page
Arkansas Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez

Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas is famous for its natural hot springs of water. They were often used by Native Americans for health and medicinal purposes. The park is 5,550 acres and sees around 2 million visitors each year. 

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Arkansas State Map

Arkansas Outline Map
Arkansas Outline Map. Beverly Hernandez

Print the pdf: Arkansas State Map

Students can wrap up their study of Arkansas by completing this blank outline map. Using an atlas or the internet, children should mark the locations of the state capital, major cities and waterways, and other major landmarks.

Updated by Kris Bales