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Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom

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Lessons by Grade Level: Grades 3-5

About Pumpkins
Grades 1-3: ELA
Students will read about pumpkins and answer questions to show comprehension.
AC Magruder and the Magruder Plots
Grades 3 and 9: Social Studies, ELA
Students will read about the Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreakers who is best known by the OSU Experimental Winter Wheat Plots named in his honor.
Ag Education and Extension: William Bentley and Bermuda John Fields
Grade 3: Social Studies, Math
Students will read about two of Oklahoma's Red Dirt Groundbreakers and discover the impact they had on Oklahoma Extension Offices.
Ag in My Community
Grades 3-5 Science, Social Studies
Students will read and learn about agriculture in their own community and across the state. Students will identify agricultural commodities produced in their county, along with businesses that support agriculture and agritourism opportunities available in their area. Students will sample soil from the area and conduct experiments to identify soil types. Students will construct a simple rain gauge to measure rainfall and compare their results with official totals.
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Ag in the Outfield
Grades 3-5: ELA, Math, Visual Art
Sthe student will learn about the many agricultural products used in a baseball game.
Ag in the Playing Fields
Grades 3-5: ELA, Math, Science
All the ways agriculture is used in sports, including the grass in the field.
Ag Libs
Grades 1-3: ELA, Visual Arts
Fill in the blanks ag-related story, using different parts of speech.
Agriculture is a Cycle
Grades K-3: ELA, Science, Social Studies
Students will make bracelets representing life cycles.
All Black Towns: Edward P. McCabe and Annie Peters
Grade 3: Social Studies, ELA; High School: Oklahoma History
Students will read about two of Oklahoma's Red Dirt Groundbreakers and discover the positive impact they had on Oklahoma.
American Farmers Count! Census 2020
Grades 3-5: Social Studies, Math, ELA
Students will complete a family tree and write each family members name, and they state they lived in as an adult. They will identify who in their family is/was involved in agriculture. They will then transfer this information to a map of the United States. Students will choose a relative and compare census data from their state with Oklahoma. Students will read about the process of counting American farmers, as well as all Americans. They will discover the difference between the Census of Agriculture and the decennial census. They will find the main idea of a reading passage.
The Art of Growing Things
Grades 3-5: ELA, Science, Social Studies, Visual Arts
Learn the history of seed packets, then research a plant and create your own packet.
Baby Peanut Plants
Grades 2-4: ELA
Students examine raw peanuts to find the "baby peanuts" inside and then sprout them on paper towels.
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Be a Bug Scout
Grades 2-4: Math, Science, ELA
Students count insects or specified weeds in a given area to experience how farmers decide whether or not to use pesticides.
Be a Food Explorer
Grades 3-5: ELA, Social Studies, Health
Students will try a variety of unfamiliar fruits and vegetables, research their origins and develop recipes.
A Bean is a Seed
Grades K-4: Science
Students will learn about germination by sprouting beans and caring for them in small necklaces which they keep around their necks.
Beautiful Bovine
Grades PreK-3: Science, ELA, Math, Visual Arts
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. Students make cow glyphs and diagrams comparing cows and humans.
Bee Dance
Grades 1-4: Visual Arts, ELA, Science
The student will construct bee puppets and use them to act out some bee behaviors.
Bee Smart. Bee Happy
Grades K-4: Science, ELA, Music
Students learn basic information about bees and the importance of pollination in crop production.
Bee's Wax
Grades 1-3: Math
Students will complete a pattern of hexagons to understand what a honeycomb looks like. Students will experiment with other shapes for making honeycombs.
Ben Marshall and His Prize Peaches
Grades 3 and 9: Social Studies, ELA
Students will read about the Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreakers who helped peaches become a major cash crop in Oklahoma.
Bill Pickett, Bull Doggin' Cowboy
Grade 3: Social Studies, ELA, Visual Arts
Students will be introduced to an Oklahoma Cowboy who pioneered the bulldogging contest at rodeos. Bill Pickett was later recognized with a postage stamp in his honor. Students will design their own postage stamps.
Black Mesa: Where the Rocky Mountains Meet the Short Grass Prairie
Grades 3-8: Science, Social Studies
Students read about the history, topography and environment of Black Mesa, develop experiments to demonstrate erosion and formation of a mesa, find land features on maps and research related topics.
Bones and Stones
Grades 3-4: ELA, Social Studies, Science
Students will read about ancient farming cultures in Oklahoma and the early development of farming tools. Students will design and construct simple farming tools.
Bread in a Bag
Grades 1-4: ELA, Science, Health
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, Child Nutrition Coordinator
Room 310
405.522.5042
Breaking Them Down: Careers in Agriculture
Grades 3-5: ELA
Students will explore some agriculture-related careers while decoding words with common suffixes.
Bring on the Brassica Veggies!
Grades 3-5: ELA, Science, Visual Arts
Students will read about various vegetables in the Brassica family and answer comprehension questions. Students will test recipes using Brassica vegetables and determine their favorites. Students will use Brassica vegetables in art projects.
Bug's Eye View
Grades 1-4: Science, ELA
The student construct an insect holder and observe and classify insects.
Build a Burger
Grades 1-4: ELA, Math, Health
Students explore the components of a hamburger and build models of their own to create a balanced, nutritious meals.
Buried Treasure: Oklahoma's Aquifers
Grades 3-6: Social Studies, Science, Math
Students will read about the hydrologic cycle, groundwater and aquifers, locate aquifers in Oklahoma and build models to show the permeability of different earth materials.
By the Pound
Grades 1,2,4: Math
The student will estimate the weight and cost of produce and calculate the actual price.
Case of the Missing Pumpkin
Grades 3, 5-6: Science
Student observe decomposition of a pumpkin.
The Chemistry of Butter
Grades 5-7: Science, ELA
Students will read about butter and conduct experiments to observe chemical reactions and changes in properties in milk.
Cherokee Farming
Grades 3-4: ELA, Social Studies, Science
Students will read about farming among the Cherokees and compare farming before and after the removal. Students will make a timeline of the foods adopted by the Cherokee. Students will research to learn more about the Cherokee. Students will conduct experiments with heirloom seeds.
Chewed Paper and Sticky Stuff
Grades 2-5: Science, Visual Arts, ELA
Students make adhesives from some common food substances and use flour paste to make pinatas and other crafts from papier mache.
Choctaw Farming
Grades 3-4: Social Studies, Science
Students will read about farming among the Choctaw. Students will examine contributions of different cultures to Choctaw agriculture. Students will work together to develop imaginary bean hybrids.
Clothesline Sleuth
Grades 3-5: ELA
Students trace the origins of various clothing items to their agricultural sources.
Clucking Chickens
Grades K-4: Visual Arts, Science, Music, PE
Students construct a model of a chicken that makes chicken sounds from a plastic cup and string.
Come into My Parlor
Grades 3-5: ELA, Math
Students read and answer comprehension questions about milking parlors. Students interpret a map scale to measure the space in a milking parlor. Students will use diagrams of milking parlors to determine the fraction of cows being milked in each one.
Cool Cucurbits
Grades PreK-5: ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, Visual Art
Students will learn about the group of vegetables known as cucurbits and use cucurbits in a variety of creative activities, mapping activities, math activities, scientific experiments and visual art.
Corn Cob Toys
Grades K-3: Visual Arts, Social Studies, ELA, Math
Students will make toys from corn cobs and learn of the many uses for corn, both historically and today.
Corn Field Math and Science
Grades 3-5: Math, Science, Social Studies
Students will learn about corn’s place in the history of the Americas. Students will solve real life math problems using corn production. Students will display an understanding of how humans crossbred and domesticated plants. Students will classify Newtonian and Non-Newtonian substances and create polymers using cornstarch and corn syrup.
Corn: Then and Now
Grades 4-6: ELA
Students will read about the importance of corn in our lives and in the lives of ancient people. Students will research to learn about corn traditions and growing practices, then and now. Students will research some corn myths and legends and act them out.
Cotton Cycle
Grades 1-3: ELA, Math
Students will learn about the life cycle of a cotton plant, use cotton seed as a nonstandard unit of measurement, plant cotton seeds in cups and chart their growth, draw the life cycle of a cotton plant with cotton swabs to illustrate books, count by ones and tens using cotton balls.
Creepy, Crawly Critters
Grades K-3: ELA, Math, Science
Students will learn characteristics of insects by creating models from an assortment of materials.
The Cutest Camelid
Grades K-3: ELA, Science
Students will read about alpacas. Students will create fact sheets about alpacas. Students will create flip books showing alpaca needs. Students will compare and contrast alpaca fiber with sheep and goat fiber.
Dark Days on the Prairie
Grades 3-4: ELA, Social Studies, Science
Students write descriptive paragraphs based on pictures from the Dust Bowl, label a map showing the Oklahoma counties and surrounding states affected by the Dust Bowl, and research climatic conditions of the area.
Don't Fence Me in
Grades 3-5: Social Studies, ELA, Math, PE
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.
Exploring Honey: Viscosity and Crystallization
Grades 5-7: Science
Students will conduct experiments to explore the viscosity and crystallization of honey.
Extending the Knowledge
Grades 3-5: ELA, Social Studies, Math
Students read about the history of land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension Service, work in groups to find the main idea and supporting details and answer comprehension questions. As a class students make a timeline of the events leading up to the land-grant and Extension system of today. Students research to find information about specific land-grant universities and locatethem on a map of the US.
The Fable of Franny and Her Fabulous Fainting Goat
Grades 1-3: ELA, Math
Students get practice telling time while reading about a goat with an unusual trait.
The Fair Starts with Agriculture
Grades 3-5: Science, Social Studies, Visual Arts, ELA
Students will read about the history of county and state fairs in the US, Indian Territory and the State of Oklahoma. Students will answer comprehension questions about the reading. Students will develop time lines of the history of fairs. Students will develop fair entries for judging.
Fantastic Flower
Grades 1-3: ELA, Visual Arts, Science
Students learn the anatomy of a flower and play a game in which they act out the pollination process.
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Farm Dogs
Grades 3-5: ELA, Math, Science
Students read about the various jobs dogs do on the farm and research to find information about some common herd dog breeds.
The Farmer Cares for the Land
Grades 3-5: ELA, Science, Social Studies
The student will identify cause and effect relationships in issues relating to agriculture and the environment.
A Field of Beans
Grades 1-3: ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, PE
All about legumes.
Fish in a Bottle
Grades K-3: ELA, Science
Students build fish ecosystems, then observe and write about changes they observe.
Fresh from the Farm
Grades 1-3: Social Studies, ELA, Math, PE
Student learn about farmer's markets and complete a survey to learn what kinds of produce is grown by local farmers and gardeners.
From Bolls to Bolts
Grades 3-5: ELA
Students read statements about cotton manufacturing and place them in chronological order.
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From Shelter to Playing Fields: Oklahoma Sod
Grade 3: Social Studies, Math, Science
Students will read about the importance of sod in Oklahoma history and as an Oklahoma-grown product in today's economy. Students will complete math problems related to sod. Students will conduct experiments with a purchased roll of sod. Students will conduct an experiment to demonstrate the usefulness of sod in preventing soil erosion.
Funky Fungus
Grades 3-5: Science
Students observe the growth of fungus on slices of bread.
Garden Grid
Grades 3-5: ELA, Math, Science, Visual Arts, PE
Students will read about growing a garden and learn how much space each plant requires to grow. Using area and perimeter, students will create a grid and plan a garden, allowing sufficient space for each plant to grow. Students will construct newspaper pots and plant seeds or plants. They will devise experiments to see the effect they will have on plants and their growth. Students will create artwork depicting their favorite vegetables. Students will play a simple garden game as they scramble to get a chair.
A Garden in a Mailbox
Grades 3-5: ELA, Social Studies, Visual Arts
Students will examine seed catalogs and find information about plants, growing seasons, etc.
George Washington on the Farm
Grades 3-5: Social Studies, Science, ELA
Students learn about George Washington's contributions to American agriculture.
Geothermal Energy
Grades 4, 6-12: Science
Students will construct a steam turbine and and simulate conditions of geothermal energy.
Germination Observations
Grades K-3: Science, ELA, Math
The students germinate seeds under a variety of conditions.
Get the Point
Grades 3-5: ELA, Math
Students will read about longhorn cattle and answer comprehension questions. Students will measure the spans of longhorn horns from pictures included with this lesson and convert the measurements. Students will answer questions from a chart about numbers of cattle driven to market between 1867 and 1881 and graph the information.
Good Breeding
Grades 2-4: ELA, Science
Students learn about common Oklahoma cattle breeds.
Good Grapes
Grades PreK-3: ELA, Science, Math
Math activities with grapes, a fable and the growth cycle of grapes.
Goodness, Grady!
Grades 1-3: Math, ELA
Students read the true story of Grady, the famous silo cow from Yukon, Oklahoma. Students engineer a way to rescue Grady from the silo. Students use creative writing to explain how they would rescue Grady.
Great Expectations
Grade 3: Science
The student will read charts for relevant information to solve mathematical word problems.
Grow a Living Pantry: Growing Food without Soil
Grades 5-8: ELA, Science
Students will read about various ways to grow plants without soil, design and conduct experiments and explore root words and affixes related to the different growing methods.
Harvest the Wind
Grades 3-5: Science
Students read about wind power and wind farms, make a pin wheel and develop their own inventions for harvesting wind power.
Head, Heart, Hands, Health
Grades 3-4: Social Studies
Students learn the history of 4-H, one of the oldest youth organizations, and use the information to compare and contrast other historical events.
Henrietta Vann and Wilson N. Jones
Grades 3 and 9: Social Studies, ELA
Students will read about two of Oklahoma's Red Dirt Groundbreakers who farmed in Indian Territory before statehood.
History of Irrigation on the Great Plains
Grades 3-4: Social Studies
Students examine the history of irrigation on the Great Plains, create a timeline to organize information, locate the Great Plains on a US map and research to learn about irrigation around the world.
Hit the Trail
Grades 3-4: ELA, Social Studies
Student draw three cattle trails that passed through Indian Territory, using a written description of the trails.
Horse Cents
Grades 3-5: Math, ELA
Students explore the mathematics of owning a horse.
Horseshoe Math
Grades 2-4: Math
Students will solve word problems related to horseshoes, classify a pile of shoes and perform other mathematical operations with shoes.
How Germs Spread
Grades 3-5: Health, Math, ELA, Science
Students will conduct scientific experiments to learn how germs are spread. Students will participate in a simulation of how germs spread, analyze the data and express the results as a fraction of the whole and as a decimal. Students will simulate exposure to multiple germs simultaneously. Students will chart frequency and number of exposures.
How the Brahman Bull Got Its Hump
Grades 3-5: ELA, Science
The student compose a fictional story explaining how the Brahman bull got its hump.
How to Pick the Best
Grades K-3: LA, Science, Math, Social Studies
Students learn what to look for when selecting fresh fruits and vegetables.
The Humble Beginnings of the Hamburger
Grades 3-5: ELA
Student hear some claims regarding the hamburger's origins and then compose an original tall tale on the subject.
A Hundred Bales of Hay
Grades 1-3: Math
Students practice patterns on a hundreds chart while learning about hay production, past and present.
Hydropower
Grades 3-4, Science
Students will read and discuss hydroelectric power and create waterwheels
If Not for the Pollinators: Matching Flowers with Pollinators
Grades 4-7: Science
Students match flowers to pollinators and construct models of flowers to demonstrate why different kinds of flowers need different kinds of pollinators.
An International Menu
Grades 3-5: ELA, Social Studies
Students use dictionaries to research etymologies and explore the diverse origins of common foods we eat.
Jesse Chisholm and the Chisholm Trail
Grades 3 and 9: Social Studies, ELA
Students will read about the Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreakers who started the famous Chisholm Trail
John Kroutil: The Yukon Mills
Grades 3 and 9: Social Studies, ELA
Students will read about the Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreakers who served as President of Yukon Mill and Grain Company
John Simpson: A Radical Voice for Farmers
Grades 3 and 9: Social Studies, ELA
Students will read about the Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreakers who started the Farmers Union Insurance company.
A Journey through the Digestive System
Grades 3-5: Math, ELA, Science, Health, PE
Students use math and science skills while taking a journey through the digestive system.
Juan Cruz Lujan and the Pastores
Grades 3 and 9: Social Studies, ELA
Students will read about the Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreakers who was a sheep herder.
Just Lookin' for a Home
Grades 3-6: ELA, Social Studies, Music, Visual Arts
Students will learn a song about the boll weevil and use it to understand the impact agriculture has on a community and its economy.
Just Peachy
Grades 3-7: Social Studies, ELA, Math, Science
Students trace the migration of peaches from China to Oklahoma and learn about the history of peach production in Oklahoma.
Let It Rain
Grades 3-5: Science
Demonstrations showing students the effects of water erosion on soil.
Little Red Hen
Grades PreK-3: Social Studies, ELA
Students read "The Little Red Hen," discuss careers involved in providing our food and act out a play based on the story. (Slow to load due to large picture files for puppet characters.)
Look Out, Below!
Grade 5: Science
Student learn the four layers of soil and identify the substances that make up each level.
A Lovely Captive
Grades 1-3: ELA, Science, Visual Arts
Students will construct a habitat which will allow them to observe the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly.
Lucille Mulhall: The First Cowgirl
Grade 3: Social Studies, ELA
Students will read about a famous Oklahoma Cowgirl while stregthening their reading comprehension and vocabulary skills.
A Lucky Break
Grades 4-6: ELA
Students will read about the ancient Etruscans and the origins of pulling the wishbone of a chicken a part for good luck, identify the main idea and supporting details of the passage, research to learn more about the ancient Etruscans, identify and decipher some common phrases in the English language related to poultry, learn the origins of some other poultry-related idioms, and use the idioms to write stories.
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Make Mine Turkey
Grades 2-5: ELA, Social Studies, Math
Students learn to interpret data in grocery advertisements and compute costs by creating a menu and computing the cost of a turkey dinner.
Making Paper
Grades 4-6: Visual Arts, Math, Science, ELA
Students make paper from recycled paper.
Melon Madness
Grades 3-5: ELA, Social Studies
All about all kind of Oklahoma melons, with activities.
Melon Math
Grades PreK-4: Math, PE
Students estimate, measure and collect data using melons.
Mighty Earth Movers
Grades PreK-3: Math, Science, ELA
Students build a habitat for worms and record observations.
Milk by the Gallon, Strawberries by the Quart
Grades 1-3: Math, ELA
Students make a Scarecrow Conversion Chart and get practice converting units of measurement.
A Mixed Bag
Grades PreK-3: Health, Science, Math
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.
Mr. Goldman's Good Idea
Grades 3-4: ELA, Social Studies, Science, Math
Students will read about Sylvan Goldman, the inventor of the shopping cart, create their own inventions, and solve math problems related to grocery shopping.
Modifying the Plow
Grades 3-5: Science, Social Studies, ELA, Visual Arts, Math
Students will learn how plows have been modified through the years to improve their use and impact on farming. Students will read about the Dust Bowl and discover how Oklahoman Fred Hoeme's modification of the plow helped reduce wind erosion. Students will design a plow replica using a variety of supplies and then test the effect the plow has on a tray of soil. Students will use the elements and principles of design to analyze artwork that portrays plowing fields. Students will discuss the artists portrayal of plowing a field.
Mud in the Water
Grades 5, 6, 8: Science
The student will build a soil erosion model and learn the importance of soil conservation.
Mushrooms, A Fungus among Us
Grades 3-5: ELA
Students read background information about mushrooms and learn important vocabulary words related to mushrooms and fungus.
Mushrooms, A Poem
Grades 3-5: ELA
Students read a poem describing the growth of mushrooms and guess what it is about. Students answer comprehension questions about the poem and compare with an information text.
Next Year's Seeds
Grades 1-5: ELA, Social Studies, Math
The student will play a game demonstrating variables that affect the food supply.
The Nightshades: Tomatoes, Potatoes and Peppers
Grades 1-4: ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, Visual Arts, Music
Many activities with tomatoes, potatoes and other nightshades
No Foot, No Horse
Grades 2-4: ELA
Students learn the importance of the right kind of horseshoes for different horse activities
Oh, Christmas Tree!
Grades 3-4: Social Studies, ELA, Math, Science, Visual Arts
Students will read about Christmas tree farming and early Christmas tree customs. Students will develop timelines based on the reading about the history of Christmas trees. Students will write narratives about their own family holiday customs. Students will complete array and/or pre-algebra problems based on Christmas tree farming. Students will construct a Christmas tree and label its parts. Students will locate Oklahoma Christmas tree farms on a map of Oklahoma.
Oilmen Who Loved the Land: Samuel Lloyd Noble and Roy J Turner
Grades 3 and 9: Social Studies, ELA
Students will discover how these two Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreakers who loved oil impacted Oklahoma agriculture.
Oklahoma Ag Production Statistics
Grades 3-4: Social Studies
Students will graph information provided from Oklahoma agricultural production statistics, 1907 to statistics from the most recent census data. Students will answer questions from the census data.
Oklahoma Forests
Grades 2-3: Science, Social Studies, Visual Arts
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.
Oklahoma Grown
Grade 3: Social Studies
The student will learn which Oklahoma crops grow in which counties.
Oklahoma Soils
Grades 3-8: Science, Social Studies
Students read about Oklahoma soils and how they were formed and answer questions from a chart showing the soils found in Oklahoma's major land resource areas.
Oklahoma Stone Soup
Grades K-4: Math, ELA, Social Studies
Students learn about soups around the world and make an Oklahoma version of stone soup while reading the story.
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Oklahoma's Berry Best
Grades 1-5: Math, Science, ELA, Social Studies
All about strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries
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Oklahoma's Inland Waterway: The McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System
Grades 3-4: Math, Social Studies
Students will read about river navigation and transportation of agricultural products by barge. Students will compare transportation by barge with transportation by truck and railroad. Students will build lock systems to see how barges move from one level to another.
Oklahoma's Roots and Leafy Greens
Grades K-4: ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, Visual Arts
All about root vegetables and leafy greens.
Pairing up with Pears
Grades 1-3: ELA, Social Studies, Math, Visual Arts
Students will read about pears and write creative narratives about the life of a pear. Students will read a folk tale about pears and answer comprehension questions.
Pancakes, Please
Grades 3-5: ELA, Science, Math, Social Studies, PE
Students will read about Pancake Tuesday, summarize the reading page, research pancakes from other countries and cultures and participate in a pancake race. Students conduct experiments, solve math problems and conduct research related to pancakes. Students will perform hands-on activities to understand how leavening agents work in a chemical reaction to make pancakes.
Pancakes, Please
Grades 6-12: ELA, Science, Math, Social Studies, PE
Students will read about Pancake Tuesday, conduct further research and write a short play about the event for Pre-K - 2nd grade students and organize a pancake race for those students. Students will learn about pancakes in other cultures and choose one pancake and culture for in-depth research. Students will perform hands-on activities to understand chemical reactions with leavening agents which produce carbon dioxide in baked foods. Students will extract yeast from common foods. Students will apply mathematical principles to increase and decrease a recipe to produce the number of servings needed.
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The Peanut Wizard
Grade 4: Social Studies, ELA
The student will read information about George Washington Carver and outline the information.
Piece by Piece
Grades 3-5: ELA, Math, Social Studies, Visual Arts
The student will use geometric shapes made from construction paper to create an original quilt block, then write a brief history of the creation.
Pizza for Everyone
Grades 2-4: Math
Students brainstorm, web, gather data and graph information about pizza preferences.
Plant or Fungus? What is the Difference?
Grades 3-5: Science
Students will discuss the difference between mushrooms and plants while comparing the structure of mushrooms and flowers.
Pop, Pop, Popcorn for Grades 3-5
Grades 3-5: ELA, Math, Science
Students will discover the phenomenon of popcorn popping, discover the life cycle of a plant by growing a popcorn necklace, read about the history of popcorn while locating and paraphrasing the main idea and supporting details, and learn how matter is conserved as popcorn absorbs water.
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Potawatomi Farming
Grades 3-4: Social Studies, Science, ELA
Students will read about farming among the Potawatomi. Students will compare two stories about maple syrup. Students will evaporate sugar water to demonstrate how the sap from a maple tree can become sugar.
Powerful Potato
Grades 3-5: ELA, Math, Social Studies, Science, Visual Arts
The student will observe the growth process of a potato.
Problem Solvers: Fred Hoeme and Joseph Danne
Grades 3 and 9: Social Studies, ELA
Students will discover how these two Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreakers impacted wheat production in Oklahoma.
Pumpkin Seed Art
Grades 1-3: Visual Arts
Students will use pumpkin seeds to create art.
Pumpkins by the Pound
Grades 1-3: Math
Students use pumpkins of various sizes to experiment with weight and perimeter.
Pumpkins, Squash, and Other Cucurbits
Grades 3-5: ELA, Social Studies, Science, Math
Students will learn about the group of vegetables known as cucurbits and use cucurbits in a variety of creative activities—writing plays using cucurbits, playing a hiding game with math and reading activities, writing haiku and interpreting cucurbit-related poetry. Students will use cucurbits in mapping activities. Students will use cucurbits in math activities—as nonstandard units of measure, practice with fractions, estimation, graphing, probabilities. Students conduct scientific experiments with squash. Students will use squash as the subject for still life works of art.
Punkin' Chunkin'
Grades 3-5: Science, STEM
Students will design and build prototypes of pumpkin catapults to launch mini pumpkins while exploring the phenomenon of force and energy. Students will measure and record the results of launching the pumpkins to discover the effect of force on the motion of the pumpkin and to predict future motion of the pumpkin. Students will design, test, and revise the catapults based on the measurements while discovering ways to convert energy from one form into another and learning that gravitational force is directed down.
A Rafter of Turkeys
Grades 3-5: ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, Visual Arts
Students compare supermarket turkey with wild and heritage breeds.
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Read Before You Eat
Grades 3-5: Health/Nutrition
Students learn to understand the nutrition labels on different foods and be prepared to make healthier food choices.
The Real Reader: A Cowboy's Life
Grades 3-4: ELA
Students will read an account of cowboy life on the cattle trails and ask questions to determine which of three volunteer readers has the correct passage.
Red Dirt Groundbreakers
Grade 3: ELA, SS and Math; High School ELA and Oklahoma History
Groundbreakers in the history of agriculture in Oklahoma.
'Round and 'Round We Go: The Benefits of Crop Rotation
Grades 5-6: Science, Visual Arts, ELA
Students will read about crop rotation methods used on commercial farms in the US. Students will play a game to demonstrate crop rotation. Students will plant a wheat field.
Run, Girl, Run - Laura Ella Crews
Grades 3 and 9: Social Studies, ELA
Students will read about the Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreakers who was the last survivor of the Cherokee Strip Land Run
Sandwich Feast
Grades 2-5: ELA, Math
Students use sandwich ingredients to create books, practice punctuation and have a sandwich feast.
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Say Cheese
Grade 5: Science
Students make cheese.
Seed Swapping
Grades 1-3: Science, Math
Students will practice and review place values, using seeds as manipulatives.
Snowball Fight
Grades 3-5: ELA, Science, Social Studies
Students will learn how snow helps crops grow and play a game using facts and words about snow.
Soak It Up
Grades 3-5: Science
Student do an experiment with different kinds of soil to observe how well each holds water and how organic matter increases the amount of water soil will hold.
Sock Walk
Grades 1-4: Science, ELA, Visual Arts
Students take a walk wearing socks over their shoes to learn how some seeds travel.
Solar Cells, Panels, and Arrays
Grades 3-4, Science
Students will complete math equations relating to solar cells, panels, and arrays.
Solar Energy Reading Page
Grades 2-4, Science
Students will read about solar energy.
Soybeans All Around Us
Grades 2-4: Science, ELA, Math
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.
Spores to Compost
Grades 3-5: Science
Students read a poem describing the growth of mushrooms and guess what it is about. Students answer comprehension questions about the poem and compare with an information text.
Stick Horse Rodeo
Grades PreK-5: ELA, Visual Arts, Math, PE
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
Grades 2-4: ELA, Science
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.
The Sunny Sunflower Story
Grades 3-5: Science, Visual Arts, ELA
Students will create models of sunflowers and use them to demonstrate how plants grow in relation to light while learning about phototropism. Students will create sunflower paintings similar to Vincent van Gogh's famous Sunflowers painting. Students will practice recognizing similes while reading poetry. Students will learn what plants need to grow by listening and responding to the story of a sunflower. Students will write facts about the life cycle of a sunflower.
Sunny Weather
Grades 3-6: Science
Students will track sunny days and graph data.
Territorial Children
Grades PreK-5: Social Studies, Math, Science, PE
Students explore the geography of Indian Territory, learn about the lives of children during that time period, make butter, make a rag doll and play historical games played by pioneer children and America Indian children.
Thanksgiving: Celebrating the Harvest
Grades 4-5: Social Studies, ELA
Students learn about the thanksgiving celebrations of various North American tribes and compare myth and fact regarding Thanksgiving.
They Don't Just Eat Grass
Grades 5-8: Science, Math, Health
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.
Think in Pictures: Like Dr. Grandin
Grades 3-5: ELA, Science, Math, Social Studies, Fine Arts, STEM
Students will "think in pictures" and become agricultural engineers by designing a corral system that uses the research of Dr. Temple Grandin to move cattle. Students will be challenged to think in pictures as they illustrate agriculture words. They will design a special shirt and scarf and write facts about Dr. Grandin. They will compare inventors and their inventions, creating a timeline with important dates for their lives.
This Little Pig
Grades PreK-3: ELA , Science
Students read about swine and complete worksheets on the reading and vocabulary. Students will compare and contrast different versions of the story of the Three Little Pigs and write their own versions.
Thomas Jefferson's Useful Plants
Grade 5: ELA, Social Studies, Science
Students will read about Thomas Jefferson's efforts to find plants that would grow well in the new country. Students will taste and research unfamiliar fruits and vegetables, learn about Jefferson's instructions to Lewis and Clark and follow some of his instructions to explore a defined local area, experience successes and failures by growing a variety of plants from seed, discuss the pros and cons of introducing new plants to an ecosystem.
Three Sisters
Grades 3-5 ELA, Science, Social Studies, Health
Students will learn about the American Indian agricultural practice of Three Sisters planting. They will track food choices and make healthier food choices by eating more vegetables.
Time Line of the Land
Grades 3-5: Social Studies
Students construct time lines, using historical facts about the development of agriculture.
A Timeline of Agriculture in Oklahoma History
Grades 3-4: Social Studies
Students will use maps to trace historical migrations of different people coming to Oklahoma and leaving Oklahoma. Students will discuss economic cycles of prosperity and hard times for Oklahoma agriculture. Students will examine the impact of government on Oklahoma agriculture. Students will identify cause and effect in events in the history of Oklahoma agriculture.
Tortillas in a Bag
Grades 5-8: Science
Students follow instructions to make tortillas in a bag and learn about breads around the world.
Truth or Hogwash?
Grades 2-5: ELA
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.
Weather Matters
Grades 3-4: ELA, Social Studies, Science, Visual Arts
Students will read about the effects of weather on agricultural production and explore the Oklahoma Mesonet site to find and graph local rainfall data. Students will examine weather-related works of art.
Weeds on the Windowsill
Grades 5-6: ELA, Science
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.
Wet and Wooly
Grades 2-4: ELA, Science
The students will become familiar with vocabulary words pertaining to the production of sheep, conduct experiments with wool and create art from wool fleece.
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What Color are Mushroom Spores?
Grades 3-5: Science
Students conduct and experiment with a variety of mushrooms to discover the color their spores produce.
What's at Your Tailgate?
Grades 3-5: ELA, Math, Social Studies
Students read about the history of tailgating and identify the agricultural sources of some typical foods and objects associated with tailgating. Students research and write about products used in tailgating and about festivals around the state. Student write creative stories about tailgate parties. Students use their math skills to plan a class tailgate party.
What's in Your Picnic Basket?
Grades 3-5: ELA, Social Studies, Math
Students read about the history of picnics and explore the agricultural source of several items associated with picnics.
What's Organic?
Grades 3-5: ELA, Science
Student will examine the different meanings of the word "organic."
What's Your Brand?
Grades 1-3: ELA, Art
Students will read about the history and purpose of branding cattle and answer comprehension questions. Students will design their own brands and write essays explaining them.
The Wheat Plant
Grades 2-4: ELA, Science
The student will sequence stages in the life of a wheat plant and identify the six main parts of the wheat plant.
Wheat: From Field to Oven
Grades 2-4: ELA
Student read some paragraphs about wheat production and identify the main idea and supporting statements for each one.
Working Watermelon
Grades 2-4: ELA, Math, PE
Students will estimate, measure and collect data using watermelons. Students will read about watermelons.
Yam and Eggs
Grades K-3: Social Studies, Math, Science
Encourage your students to try something different as they learn what people eat for breakfast around the world.
Your Food Dollar (and Cents)
Grades 2-4: ELA, Math
Students learn where their food dollars go while getting practice recognizing coins and making change.