Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom

All Lessons

Agricultural Commodities

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Oklahoma Commodity Map (pdf file)

Ag in My Community

Includes a chart showing agriculture production by county, based on most recent ag census.

Smart Board Activity: Proper and Common Nouns (need help opening this?)

ANIMAL AGRICULTURE

Farm Animals / Beef / Bees and Honey / Bison / Chicken and Eggs / Dairy / Farm Dogs / Fish / Goats / Horses / Pork / Sheep / Turkeys

OSU Livestock Breeds Website

Ag in the Classroom Oklahoma Livestock Jeopardy

Farm Animals

Ag in My Community

Includes a chart showing agriculture production by county.

Barnyard Bingo

Students mark bingo cards as they recognize the farm animal sounds in the song "The Farmer in the Dell."

Farm Babies

Students use flash cards to learn names for mother and baby farm animals, then play a game in which students designated as babies must find students designated as mothers.

Farm Dogs
Students read about the various jobs dogs do on the farm and research to find information about some common herd dog breeds.

How Germs Spread

Students learn about techniques used by poultry producers to prevent the spread of disease and conduct a test to help them visualize the spread of germs.

Made From Animals

Matching farm animals with the products they produce.

Taming the Wild Aurochs

Students read about the development of animal husbandry, outline the information and arrange steps in sequence.

They Don't Just Eat Grass

Students compare and contrast different energy values of feeds by graphing the net energy for maintenance and percentage of fat for a variety of feed types.

A Trip to the Animal Fair

Students examine the needs of pets and other animals and compare them with their own needs.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

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Beef

 

Beautiful Bovine

Volunteer is dressed as a cow to demonstrate purposes of the different body parts of a cow and to show how a cow is different from a human.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Beef is Good for You

Students chart nutritional information about beef.

Beef or Dairy?

Students learn to distinguish between beef and dairy cows.

Bill Pickett, Bull Doggin' Cowboy

Students will be introduced to Pill Pickett, An Oklahoma rodeo personality, who pioneered the rodeo act of bulldogging.

Bovine Oversteps Boundaries: Newspaper Headlines, Captions and Stories

Students will read the true story of Grady, the Silo Cow from Yukon, and write headlines for the story.

Build a Burger

Students explore the components of a hamburger and build models of their own to create a balanced, nutritious meals.

Chew It Twice

The student will trace the path a cow’s food follows through its body.

Chewed Paper and Sticky Stuff

Students make adhesives from some common food substances and use flour paste to make pinatas and other crafts from papier mache.

Coats and Genes: Genetic Traits in Cattle (formerly "Genetics: A List of Traits")

Students flip coins and sort beans to demonstrate how cattle pass genetic traits to their offspring through heredity.

Colorful Cattle (movie)

Don't Fence Me In

Students learn the history of barbed wire and its impact on the development of the west and practice identifying geometric terms using examples of
some common styles of barbed wire.

The Farmer And The Cowman

Students make booklets showing the difference between a ranch and a farm.

Food for Keeps

Student explore food preservation methods and make beef jerky.

Genetics: A List of Traits (name changed to "Coats and Genes: Genetic Traits in Cattle")

Students flip coins and sort beans to demonstrate how cattle pass genetic traits to their offspring through heredity.

Colorful Cattle (movie)

Get the Point

Students read about cattle drives and measure the width of the horns on drawings of longhorn cattle, then convert the measurements from inches to centimeters and from inches to feet.

Good Breeding

Students learn about common Oklahoma cattle breeds.

Goodness, Grady!

Students read the true story of Grady, the famous silo cow from Yukon, Oklahoma, and present a play based on the story.

(Activity Guide for Grady's in the Silo, by UnaBelle Townsend)

Video of story ready by Sheri Carpenter, with archival photos

Great Expectations

The student will read charts for relevant information to solve mathematical word problems.

Hit the Trail

Student draw three cattle trails that passed through Indian Territory, using a written description of the trails.

Hot Off the Grill

Students measure temperatures of hamburger patties both before and after cooking.

How the Brahman Bull Got Its Hump

The student compose a fictional story explaining how the Brahman bull got its hump.

The Humble Beginnings of the Hamburger

Student hear some claims regarding the hamburger’s origins and then compose an original tall tale on the subject.

Made From Animals

Matching farm animals with the products they produce.

Oklahoma Groundbreakers

Short bios of some groundbreakers in the history of Oklahoma agriculture, with activites.

Oklahoma Stone Soup

Students learn a history of soup and make their own soup, following an Oklahoma version of the story "Stone Soup."

Smart Board: Sequencing (need help opening this?)

Stick Horse Rodeo

Students will learn about the rodeo and hold their own rodeos with age-appropriate activities like "Pig Herding" ( herding balloons or balls), barrel racing with a stick horse, "Wild Cow Milking," "Scatter Square Dancing," etc.

Street Cows

Students will learn that cows come in many different shapes and sizes and will design their own art cows after reading a story about a popular travelling art exhibit.

Power Point Presentation (Keynote Version)

Taming the Wild Aurochs

Students read about the development of animal husbandry, outline the information and arrange steps in sequence.

They Don't Just Eat Grass

Students compare and contrast different energy values of feeds by graphing the net energy for maintenance and percentage of fat for a variety of feed types.

What's Your Brand?

Student learn the history and purpose of branding cattle.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote Version)

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Bees and Honey

Facts about Bees and Honey

Bee Dance

Students construct bee puppets and use them to act out some bee behaviors.

Bee Smart. Bee Happy

Students learn basic information about bees and the importance of pollination in crop production. Includes a take home Parent Page with information about the Africanized honey bee (sometimes erroneously called "killer bees.")

The Disappearing Honeybees: Tracking Honeybee Decline

Students use graphing and other math skills to track the number of honeybee colonies present in the US since 1978.

If Not for the Pollinators: Matching Flowers with Pollinators

Students match flowers to pollinators and construct models of flowers to demonstrate why different kinds of flowers need different kinds of pollinators.

Bison

At Home on the Range

How ranchers on the western frontier helped saved the bison from extinction.

Multimedia Presentation (PowerPoint) (Keyote): Spirit of the Buffalo

Plows on the Hunting Grounds: The Indian Allotment Act of 1887

Students read about the Indian Allotment Act of 1887 and discuss its impact on Oklahoma's Native American tribes and agriculture.

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Chicken and Eggs

Clucking Chickens

Students construct a chicken that makes chicken sounds from a plastic cup and string.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Egg Toss

Student practice counting by playing a game with an egg carton and ping pong balls.

How Germs Spread

Students learn about techniques used by poultry producers to prevent the spread of disease and conduct a test to help them visualize the spread of germs.

A Lucky Break

The student will identify and decipher some common phrases in the English language that are related to poultry.

Smart Board Activity: Idioms (need help opening this?)

Made From Animals

Matching farm animals with the products they produce.

Oklahoma Stone Soup

Students learn a history of soup and make their own soup, following an Oklahoma version of the story "Stone Soup."

Smart Board: Sequencing (need help opening this?)

The Shape of Things

The student will perform an experiment, using eggs, to test the strength of the dome shape.

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Dairy

The Cow

Thank you, pretty cow that made
Pleasant milk to soak my bread.
Every day and every night,
Warm and fresh and sweet and white.

Do not chew the hemlock rank,
Growing on the weedy bank;
But the yellow cowslips eat.
They will make your milk so sweet.

Where the purple violet grows,
Where the bubbling water flows,
Where the grass is fresh and fine,
Pretty cow, go there and dine.

More Poems and Songs About Farm Animals

Beautiful Bovine

Volunteer is dressed as a cow to demonstrate purposes of the different body parts of a cow and to show how a cow is different from a human.

Power Point Presentation (Keynote Version)

Beef or Dairy?

Students learn to distinguish between beef and dairy cows.

Chew It Twice

The student will trace the path a cow’s food follows through its body.

The Chemistry of Butter

Students will read about butter and conduct experiments to observe chemical reactions and changes in properties in milk.

Chewed Paper and Sticky Stuff

Students make adhesives from some common food substances and use flour paste to make pinatas and other crafts from papier mache.

Come Into My Parlor

Students interpret a map scale to measure the space in a milking parlor.

The Farmer And The Cowman

Students make booklets showing the difference between a ranch and a farm.

Genetics: A List of Traits (was "Hairy Heredity")

Students flip coins and sort beans to demonstrate how cattle pass genetic traits to their offspring through heredity.

Good Breeding

Students learn about common Oklahoma cattle breeds.

Great Expectations

The student will read charts for relevant information to solve mathematical word problems.

Have You The Time Of Day?

Students read a story about a day in the life of a farmer and gain practice reading and writing time.

Milk by the Gallon, Strawberries by the Quart

Students make a Scarecrow Conversion Chart and get practice converting units of measurement.

Say Cheese

Students make cheese.

The Story of Milk

Student learn where milk comes from and place the steps in sequence.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Street Cows

Students will learn that cows come in many different shapes and sizes and will design their own art cows after reading a story about a popular travelling art exhibit.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Taming the Wild Aurochs

Students read about the development of animal husbandry, outline the information and arrange steps in sequence.

They Don't Just Eat Grass

Students compare and contrast different energy values of feeds by graphing the net energy for maintenance and percentage of fat for a variety of feed types.

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Farm Dogs

Farm Dogs
Students read about the various jobs dogs do on the farm and research to find information about some common herd dog breeds.

Fish

Aquaculture Facts

Fish in a Bottle

Students build fish ecosystems, then observe and write about changes they observe.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

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Goats

The Fable of Franny and Her Fabulous Fainting Goat

Students get practice telling time while reading about a goat with an unusual trait.

Say Cheese

Students make cheese.

Taming the Wild Aurochs

Students read about the development of animal husbandry, outline the information and arrange steps in sequence.

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Horses

Bill Pickett, Bull Doggin' Cowboy

Students will be introduced to Pill Pickett, An Oklahoma rodeo personality, who pioneered the rodeo act of bulldogging.

Don't Fence Me In

Students learn the history of barbed wire and its impact on the development of the west and practice identifying geometric terms using examples of some common styles of barbed wire.

The Farmer And The Cowman

Students make booklets showing the difference between a ranch and a farm.

Get the Point

Students read about cattle drives and measure the width of the horns on drawings of longhorn cattle, then convert the measurements from inches to centimeters and from inches to feet.

A Handy Measure

Students are introduced to the method used for measuring horses.

Horse Cents

Students explore the mathematics of owning a horse.

A Horse of a Different Color

Students explore the diversity of horse coat colors.

A Hundred Bales of Hay

Students practice patterns on a hundreds chart while learning about hay production, past and present.

A Mixed Bag

Students construct a "feed bag" representing the components included in a horse's feed and learn that, like humans, animals need a variety of foods for good nutrition.

No Foot, Nor Horse

Students learn the importance of the right kind of horseshoes for different horse activities.

Plows on the Hunting Grounds

The student will interpret geographic information to explain how society changed as the population of the United States moved west, including where Native Americans lived and how they made their living.

Stick Horse Rodeo

Students learn about the rodeo and hold their own rodeos with age-appropriate activities like "Pig Herding" ( herding balloons or balls), barrel racing with a stick horse, "Wild Cow Milking," "Scatter Square Dancing," etc.

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Pork

Hogs on a Diet

Students identify an assortment of feed grains and learn the importance of eating a variety of foods, both for themselves and for farm animals.

Made From Animals

Matching farm animals with the products they produce.

Oklahoma Stone Soup

Students learn a history of soup and make their own soup, following an Oklahoma version of the story "Stone Soup."

Smart Board: Sequencing (need help opening this?)

Taming the Wild Aurochs

Students read about the development of animal husbandry, outline the information and arrange steps in sequence.

This Little Pig

Student hear basic information about swine and write and identify vocabulary words relating to the subject.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote Version)

Truth or Hogwash?

Students will work in teams to play a game in which they answer true/false questions about swine and then research and develop questions of their own.

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Sheep

Clothesline Sleuth

Students trace the origins of various clothing items to their agricultural sources.

Counting Sheep

Students learn about the origins of counting by shepherds keeping track of their sheep.

Smart Board Counting Sheep Activity

Great Balls of Fire

Students investigate the flammability of natural and synthetic fabrics while practicing safe procedures.

Made From Animals

Matching farm animals with the products they produce.

Wet and Wooly

The students will become familiar with vocabulary words pertaining to the production of sheep, conduct experiments with wool and create art with wool fleece.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote Version)

Smart Board Activity: Alliteration (need help opening this?)

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Turkey

The Turkey

This old road is hard and bumpy
Our new turkey’s wild and jumpy.
Careful, driver, not so jerky
Or you’ll make us spill our turkey.

More Poems and Songs

 

A Rafter of Turkeys

Compares supermarket turkeys with wild turkeys and with heritage breeds

Smart Board Activity: Synonyms (need help opening this?)

Make Mine Turkey

Students compare foods available for the Pilgrim's Thanksgiving with contemporary Thanksgiving meals. Students create a menu and compute the cost of a turkey dinner, using grocery ads.

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PLANT AGRICULTURE

Crops / Alfalfa / Canola / Corn / Cotton / Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables / Forestry / Hay / Oilseeds / Peanuts / Pecans / Potatoes / Pumpkins / Soybeans / Sorghum / Turfgrass / Watermelon / Wheat

Crops

Ag in the Classroom Oklahoma Crops Jeopardy

Grain Recipes

Ag in My Community

Includes a chart showing agricultural production by county.

Biomass: The Energy of the Future

Students will use research skills to gather information on renewable fuels. Students will compile information on a graph and compare and contrast the pros and cons for developing the fuels for use.

Circles in the Landscape: Irrigating Oklahoma Crops

Students examine transpiration, evapotranspiration and water balance, learn the reaons for irrigation, analyze Oklahoma weather information and use geometry and other math skills to design an irrigation system.

Fit With Fiber: Graphing Cereal

Students gather and graph information about favorite breakfast cereals.

The Grain Game

Students use pieces of cereal made from grains grown in Oklahoma to play a counting game.

The History of Ethanol in America

Students will explore the production of biofuels from the 1850s to the present.

The History of Irrigation on the Great Plains

Students examine the history of irrigation on the Great Plains, create a timeline to organize the information and research to learn about irrigation around the world.

Irrigation Museum (history, with timeline, from the Irrigation Association)

If Not for the Pollinators: Matching Flowers with Pollinators

Students match flowers to pollinators and construct models of flowers to demonstrate why different kinds of flowers need different kinds of pollinators.

Next Year's Seeds

The student will play a game demonstrating variables that affect the food supply.

Oklahoma Groundbreakers

Short bios of some groundbreakers in the history of Oklahoma agriculture, with activites.

Oklahoma Grown

The student will learn which Oklahoma crops grow in which counties.

Oklahoma's Other Oilfields

Students learn about oilseed crops - canola, soybeans, cottonseeds and sunflower seeds - and how oil is extracted from them.

Snack Sack

Students experience the concepts of ratio and probability, using agricultural products that can be considered snack foods. Students analyze and record information from the class experience.

Weeds on the Windowsill

An examination of the need for pesticides. Students compare the results when they grow plants in two kinds of garden soil, one of which has been treated (by boiling water) to kill weed seeds and one which has not.

What's Organic?

Student will examine the different meanings of the word "organic."

Will Your Car Run on Grass? How Biomass Becomes Alcohol

Students conduct experiments with yeast to determine what substances promote fermentation. (6th-8th grade science)

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Alfalfa

A Hundred Bales of Hay

Students practice patterns on a hundreds chart while learning about hay production, past and present.

Canola

Oklahoma's Other Oilfields

Students learn about oilseed crops - canola, soybeans, cottonseeds and sunflower seeds - and how oil is extracted from them.

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Corn

Corn Cob Toys

Students will make toys from corn cobs and learn of the many uses for corn, both historically and today.

Corn Field Math and Science

Students use number sense, measurement and data analysis to construct drawings and compute multi-step problems with whole numbers, fractions and percentages. Students make Oobleck from corn starch.

Corn Then and Now (Combined Corn in Ancient America and Corn in Legend and Myth)

Students will develop an understanding of the importance of corn to the survival of early civilizations of the Americas. Students compare the myths and legends about corn and use their creative abilities to act them out.

The Grain Game

Students use pieces of cereal made from grains grown in Oklahoma to play a counting game.

Hogs On A Diet

Students identify an assortment of feed grains and learn the importance of eating a variety of foods, both for themselves and for farm animals.

A Mixed Bag

Students construct a "feed bag" representing the components included in a horse's feed and learn that, like humans, animals need a variety of foods for good nutrition.

Pop, Pop, Popcorn

Math activities with popcorn, Main idea reading exercise

Smart Board Activity: Main Idea (need help opening this?)

How Stuff Works: Popcorn (Discovery Channel Video)

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Cotton

Be a Bug Scout

Students count insects or specified weeds in a given area to experience how farmers decide whether or not to use pesticides.

Clothesline Sleuth

Students trace the origins of various clothing items to their agricultural sources.

Cotton Pickin': Before and After the Civil War

Students examine the importance of cotton to the economy of the South before and after the Civil War.

From Bolls to Bolts

Students read statements about cotton manufacturing and place them in chronological order.

Smart Board Activity: Adjectives and Antonyms (need help opening this?)

Great Balls of Fire

Students investigate the flammability of natural and synthetic fabrics while practicing safe procedures.

Just Lookin' for a Home

Students will learn a song about the boll weevil and use it to understand the impact agriculture has on a community and its economy.

Oklahoma's Other Oilfields

Students learn about oilseed crops - canola, soybeans, cottonseeds and sunflower seeds - and how oil is extracted from them.

Piece by Piece

The student will use geometric shapes made from construction paper to create an original quilt block, then write a brief history of the creation.

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Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables

An Apple a Day

Students will read the history of apples and explore apple-related idioms. Students will read about Johnny Appleseed and answer comprehension questions. Students will conduct scientific experiments with apples. Students will classify apples and conduct mathematical activities with apples.

The Art of Growing Things

The student will learn the history of seed packets then research a garden plant and create their own seed packets.

USDA Hardiness Zones Map

Food Explorer

Students will try a variety of unfamiliar fruits and vegetables, research their origins and develop recipes.

A Bean is a Seed

Students will learn about germination by sprouting beans and caring for them in small necklaces which they keep around their necks.

Bubbles in the Cabbage Juice

Students will conduct experiments with cabbage juice as an indicator to identify carbon in a variety of substances.

By the Pound

The student will estimate the weight and cost of produce and calculate the actual price.

Case of the Missing Pumpkin

Students observe decomposition of a pumpkin.

Corn Cob Toys

Students will make toys from corn cobs and learn of the many uses for corn, both historically and today.

Eat Your Flowers

Students grow flowers in different soil types to determine the effect on flavor.

Fantastic Flower

Students learn the anatomy of a flower and play a game in which they act out the pollination process.

Smart Board Activity: Context Clues (need help opening this?)

Fields of Beans

All about legumes.

Fresh From the Farm

Student learn about farmer’s markets and complete a survey to learn what kinds of produce is grown by local farmers and gardeners.

Fruit or Vegetable?

Students explore the difference between fruits and vegetables from different perspectives and develop their own definitions.

Garden Grid

Students create a grid and plan a garden, allowing sufficient space for each plant to grow.

Germination Observations

The students germinate seeds under a variety of conditions.

Good Grapes
Math activities with grapes, a fable and the growth cycle of grapes.

A Growing Market

The student will research and grow a plant and present findings orally.

A Hidden Beauty

Students construct a model of a plant that grows from a bulb.

How Far Did It Travel? Exploring the Geography of Food

Students compare the distances food travels from farm to table.

How to Pick the Best

Students learn what to look for when selecting fresh fruits and vegetables.

If Not for the Pollinators: Matching Flowers with Pollinators

Students match flowers to pollinators and construct models of flowers to demonstrate why different kinds of flowers need different kinds of pollinators.

In Strawberry Fields

Students learn about strawberry production and compute wages of strawberry workers.

Just Peachy

Students trace the migration of peaches, from China to Oklahoma, and read about the history of peach production in our state.

A Lending Hand

Students will read a story about Adam and how he earned money to buy a skateboard by selling vegetables he sold at the farmer’s market. Students will learn how farmers finance their operations through the farm credit system.

Melon Madness

All about all kinds of Oklahoma melons, with activities.

Melon Meiosis

Students will learn how seedless watermelon were developed and model the process of mitosis and meiosis in watermelons, using jelly beans.

Milk by the Gallon, Strawberries by the Quart

Students make a Scarecrow Conversion Chart and get practice converting units of measurement.

The Nightshades: Tomatoes, Potatoes and Pepppers

All about vegetables in the nightshade family.

Oklahoma's Berry Best

All about strawberries, blackberries, rasperries and blueberries.

Smart Board Activity: Compare and Contrast (need help opening this?)

Oklahoma Grown

The student will learn which Oklahoma crops grow in which counties.

Oklahoma Stone Soup

Students learn a history of soup and make their own soup, following an Oklahoma version of the story "Stone Soup."

Smart Board Activity: Sequencing (need help opening this?)

Oklahoma's Roots and Leafy Greens

All about roots and leafy greens.

Oklahoma's Other Oilfields

Students learn about oilseed crops - canola, soybeans, cottonseeds and sunflower seeds - and how oil is extracted from them.

Plant Parts We Eat

Students will be introduced to an assortment of vegetables and will learn to locate the parts humans use for food.

Smart Board: Where's the Apple? , Very Veggie (Beginning Sounds)

Powerful Potato

The student will observe the growth process of a potato.

A Priceless Collection

The student will read a story about the life of Russian plant breeder Nikolai I. Vavilov and the national seed bank he established.

Pumpkins by the Pound

Students use pumpkins of various sizes to experiment with weight and perimeter.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Smart Board Activities: Fact and Opinion, Syllables (need help opening these?)

A Purple Cow

Students learn to identify colors in nature and to observe objects under varying light conditions.

Multimedia Presentation (grapes)(Power Point) (Keynote Version)

Seed Swapping

Students will practice and review place values, using seeds as manipulatives.

The Sunflower Story

Students will learn what plants need to grow by listening and responding to the story of a sunflower.

Sunny Sunflowers

Students create models of sunflowers and play a game to demonstrate how plants grow in relation to light.

Power Point Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote Version)

These Roots Run Deep (Oklahoma's Roots and Leafy Greens)

All about roots and leafy greens.

What's Organic?

Students will examine the different meanings of the word "organic."

Working Watermelon

Student perform estimates, measurements and calculations on a watermelon.

Smart Board Activity: Drawing Conclusions (need help opening this?)

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Forestry

Forestry Facts

Chewed Paper and Sticky Stuff

Students make adhesives from some common food substances and use flour paste to make pinatas and other crafts from papier mache.

Making Paper

Students make paper from recycled paper.

Mighty Oaks From Little Acorns

Students make the connection between seeds and trees by gathering and planting acorns.

Oklahoma Forests

Students will use their senses to observe and write about a tree, read about Oklahoma forest regions, locate the different forest regions on a map of Oklahoma, create map legends based on the reading, and create models of trees.

Paper or Plastic? Exploring Rewewable Resources

Students discuss, develop, invent and implement a plan for making informed personal economic decisions about renewable resources.

The Role of Fire in Healthy Prairie, Brush and Forest Land

The importance of fire to maintaining the health of prairie, brush and forest lands.

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Hay

Hay Facts

A Hundred Bales of Hay

Students practice patterns on a hundreds chart while learning about hay production, past and present.

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Peanuts

Peanut Facts

Peanut Butter Recipes

Baby Peanut Plants

Students examine raw peanuts to find the “baby peanuts” inside and then sprout them on paper towels.

Smart Board Activity: Verbs (need help opening this?)

Math for Peanuts

Students estimate the number of peanuts in a peanut shell and graph the results.

Smart Board Activity: Verbs (need help opening this?)

The Peanut Wizard

The student will read information about George Washington Carver and outline the information.

Rooftop Sandwich

Students create books showing the main ingredients of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Peanut Butter and Jelly (poem)

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Pecans

Pecan Facts

Pecan Fingerprints

Students learn about themselves as individuals
and understand that things in nature also have traits that distinguish them from all others.

 

A Tough Nut to Crack

Students evaluate the quality of pecans based on a set of criteria.

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Potatoes

Potato Soup

Potato Facts

The Nightshades: Tomatoes, Potatoes and Peppers

All about the vegetables in the nightshade family.

Powerful Potato

The student will observe the growth process of a potato.

A Priceless Collection

The student will read a story about the life of Russian plant breeder Nikolai I. Vavilov and the national seed bank he established.

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Pumpkins

For pottage and puddings
and custards and pies,
Our pumpkins and parsnips
are common supplies,
We have pumpkins at morning
and pumpkins at noon,
If it were not for pumpkins
we should be undoon.
—Pilgrim verse, circa 1630

Case of the Missing Pumpkin

Student observe decomposition of a pumpkin.

Pumpkins by the Pound

Students use pumpkins of various sizes to experiment with weight and perimeter.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Smart Board Activity: Fact or Opinion

Smart Board Activity: Syllables

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Sorghum (Milo)

Sorghum Feeds Oklahoma Cattle

Students read and answer questions about sorghum as a feed crop and as a grain crop in other parts of othe world. Students conduct taste tests and follow directions to make sorghum molasses gingerbread.

Soybeans

A Bean is a Seed

Students will learn about germination by sprouting beans and caring for them in small necklaces which they keep around their necks.

Milk by the Gallon, Strawberries by the Quart

Students make a Scarecrow Conversion Chart and get practice converting units of measurement.

Oklahoma's Other Oilfields

Students learn about oilseed crops - canola, soybeans, cottonseeds and sunflower seeds - and how oil is extracted from them.

Soybeans All Around Us

Students will learn the many uses for soybeans. Students will read food labels to identify foods made with soybeans. Students will research to identify additional uses for soybeans.

Grades 2-4: Science, ELA, Math

Turfgrass

Ag in the Playing Fields

The many ways agriculture is important in sports, including maintenance of the playing field.

Dirt Babies

Students will observe grass sprouting and growing like hair on heads they create from knee-high nylon stockings and
potting medium.

Oklahoma Groundbreakers

Read about Oklahoma's own Bermuda John Fields.

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Watermelon

Watermelon Facts

Watermelon Pops (recipe)

Melon Madness

All about all kinds of Oklahoma melons, with activities.

Melon Meiosis

Students will learn how seedless watermelon were developed and model the process of mitosis and meiosis in watermelons, using jelly beans.

Student perform estimates, measurements and calculations on a watermelon.

Smart Board Activity: Drawing Conclusions (need help opening this?)

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Wheat

Bread and Cereals

Breads and cereals start from seeds
Of grasses farmers grow;
They're all ground up and mixed with eggs
And other flavors for dough.

The crust of pies and dinner rolls,
And noodles of chicken soup,
Doughnuts, spaghetti, and Cream of Wheat
Are in the bread and cereals group

More Poems and Songs

Bread in a Bag

Students learn about the origins of bread and make bread in a bag.

Bread in a Bag Kits available from

Oklahoma State Department of Education
Child Nutrition Department
Becky Gray - Administrative Assistant
Room 310
405.521.3327

Call It Macaroni

Students use assorted dry pasta in a variety of math activities.

Smart Board: Pasta Poetry

Chewed Paper and Sticky Stuff

Students make adhesives from some common food substances and use flour paste to make pinatas and other crafts from papier mache.

The Grain Game

Students use pieces of cereal made from grains grown in Oklahoma to play a counting game.

Hoboes on Harvest

Students read about the role Oklahoma’s wheat fields played in the history of labor movements in the US.

Little Red Hen

Students read “The Little Red Hen,” discuss careers involved in providing our food and act out a play based on the story.

Norman Borlaug, Hunger Fighter

Math activities demonstrating the impact Dr. Borlaug had on relieving world hunger.

Oklahoma Groundbreakers

Read about Oklahoma's own Joseph Danne, the inventor of the first wheat developed in and for Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Wheat on the World Market

Students compute profit and loss in a wheat trading market a graph market activity. (6th - 8th grade math, social studies and language arts)

Oklahoma Wheat Harvest (from Sunup)

Snack Sack

Students experience the concepts of ratio and probability, using agricultural products that can be considered snack foods. Students analyze and record information from the class experience.

Snowball Fight

Students will learn how snow helps crops grow and play a game using facts and words about snow.

Tortillas in a Bag

Students follow instructions to make tortillas in a bag and learn about breads around the world.

Wheat: From Field to Oven

Student read some paragraphs about wheat production and identify the main idea and supporting statements for each one.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Smart Board: Poetry, Difficult Vocabulary

The Wheat Plant

The student will sequence stages in the life of a wheat plant and identify the six main parts of the wheat plant.

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Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom

Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is a program of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Oklahoma State Department of Education.