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Growing Champion Classrooms

Growing Champion Classrooms is an educational program based on the current traveling art exhibit Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist's Journey, Drawings by Linda W. Palmer of Hot Springs. Materials include large poster reproductions of original drawings from the exhibit and art lesson plans with activities for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Arkansas artists and art educators Virmarie DePoyster and Lisa Krannichfeld Walden authored the lesson plans to meet State Frameworks and accommodate Common Core guidelines. Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts produced the classroom materials with the support of Entergy Arkansas grants in 2013 and 2014, and a 2013 grant from the School of Forest Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. The program is also supported in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.





Lesson Plans

Early Elementary (K-2) Do Trees Have Knees?

Early Elementary (K-2) Painting Sticks with Sticks!

Middle School (6-8) Bark, Bark...Everywhere, Bark!

Middle School (6-8) Color Gets Emotional

Upper Elementary (3-5) Under the Cherrybark: Haiku

Upper Elementary (3-5) What's Your Story?



American Holly

Bald Cypress

Bur Oak


Cherrybark Oak



Eastern Cottonwood



Post Oak

Shortleaf Pine

Southern Magnolia

Sugar Maple

Tulip Tree

Water Tupelo

White Ash

White Oak


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