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Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom

Lessons

Lessons by Grade Level: Grades 9-12

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.
Agricultural Algebra: Average Daily Gain
Grades: High School, Algebra
Students will apply algebraic concepts to solve real-world agricultural algebraic problems.
Agricultural Algebra: Farmland
Grades: High School, Algebra
Students will apply algebraic concepts to solve real-world agricultural algebraic problems. Students will apply math concepts they've learned in class to calculate the area of various farm plots and the yields of crops from those land areas.
Agricultural Algebra: Pivot Irrigation- Circles in the Field
Grades: High School, Algebra
Students will calculate the circumference of field irrigation pivots. They will also calculate irrigation rates for multiple pivot scenarios.
Agricultural Algebra: Welcome to the Farm
Grades: High School, Algebra
Students will apply algebraic concepts to solve real-world agricultural algebraic problems.
Agriculture in Poetry
Grades 6-12, ELA
Students will read and discuss a variety of poems with agricultural themes and write their own poems based on food and agriculture.
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.
At the Sale Barn
Grades 9-12: Math
Through classroom experiences, students will read about cattle auctions and solve math word problems related to buying cattle.
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.
Busting the Prairie: Planning a Homestead Community
Grades 8-12: Social Studies, ELA
Students learn about the Homestead Act of 1862 and the importance of agriculture in the settling of the West by planning and designing homestead communities and designing handbills inviting others to join them.
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Circles in the Landscape: Irrigating Oklahoma Crops
Grades 6-12: Math, Science, Social Studies
Students examine transpiration, evapotranspiration and water balance, learn the reasons for irrigation, analyze Oklahoma weather information and use geometry and other math skills to design an irrigation system.
Coats and Genes: Genetic Traits in Cattle
Grades 9-12: Science
The student will read about heredity and explore genetic traits in cattle.
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Crickets on the Hearth
Grades 8-12: Life Science, Pre Algebra
Students design and conduct investigations with crickets.
Geothermal Energy
Grades 4, 6-12; Science
Students will construct a steam turbine and and simulate conditions of geothermal energy.
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.
Hoboes on Harvest
Grades 6-12: Social Studies, ELA
Students read about the role Oklahoma's wheat fields played in the history of labor movements in the US.
How Far Does It Travel? Exploring the Geography of Food
Grades 6-12: Social Studies, Math
Students compare the distances food travels from farm to table.
How to Sneak Up on a Sheep
Grades: High School Geometry (Circles)
Students learn about a sheep's vision in relation to angles and degrees of a circle.
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.
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.
Let's Get Together: Grafting Fruit and Pecan Trees
Grade 7: ELA, Sci; Grades 9-12: ELA, Biology I
Students will read about the practice of grafting trees and plants and learn how it benefits production. Students will conduct a grafting experiment with tomato plants.
Making the Most of Milk: Understanding Lactose Intolerance
Grades 8-12: Science
Students will learn what causes lactose intolerance and carry out a laboratory activity to test a treatment for lactose intolerance.
Making Sense of Sensors: Sensors and Satellites in Ag Technology
Grades 6-12: Science, Social Studies
Students will read about technology in agriculture and focus on recent technology based on sensors. Students will conduct an experiment with infrared light to see how thermal imaging helps farmers determine the fertilizer needs of plants.
Melon Meiosis
Grades 6-12: Science
Students will learn how seedless watermelon were developed and model the process of mitosis and meiosis in watermelons, using jelly beans.
Melons in Prose and Poetry
Grades 6-10: ELA
Students will compare and contrast a passage about watermelons written by Mark Twain and a poem about melons by Sylvia Plath.
Norman Borlaug - Hunger Fighter
Grades 9-12: ELA, Social Studies
Through classroom experiences, students will learn about the research of Nobel Prize-winning plant breeder Norman Borlaug, do research, and write an essay to enter in the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute about Norman Borlaug's influence in beginning the Green Revolution, and apply concepts to current local and world events.
Norman Borlaug - Hunger Fighter
Grades 9-12: Math, Science
Through classroom experiences, students will solve math word problems related to the reading. They will conduct an experiment to isolate DNA in wheat germ. They will also describe Norman Borlaug's influence in beginning the Green Revolution and apply concepts to current local and world events.
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's Hydroelectric Power Dams
Grades 9-12: Oklahoma History
Students will read about the hydroelectric power dams in Oklahoma and locate the rivers on which the dams are built.
Oklahoma's Other Oilfields
Grades 6-12: Science
Students learn about oilseed crops - canola, soybeans, cottonseeds and sunflower seeds - and how oil is extracted from them.
Pickled Hay: How to Make Silage
Grades High School: Biology I
Students will learn about silage used for feeding livestock and make their own silage from fresh cut grass.
Playing in the Dirt: Discovering Soil
Grades 9-12: Science
Through classroom experiences, students will compare different types of soil found around their school and home to identify three basic soil components. Students will also develop an experiment to discover the effect of soil types on seed germination.
Plows on the Hunting Grounds: The Indian Allotment Act of 1887
Grades 9-12: ELA, Social Studies
Students read about the Indian Allotment Act of 1887 and discuss its impact on Oklahoma's Native American tribes and agriculture. Students interpret a map of Indian lands in Indian Territory in 1889.
Pollinator Habitats
Grades 6-12: ELA , Science
Students research, interview experts and design pollinator habitats.
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.
Red Dirt Groundbreakers
Grade 3: ELA, SS and Math; High School ELA and Oklahoma History
Groundbreakers in the history of agriculture in Oklahoma.
Run, Girl, Run - Laura Ella Crews
Graded 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
Spiro Farming: Corn, Squash and Beans Build a Mighty Trade Center
High School: Social Studies, ELA
Students will read about farming practices among the people who populated the area around Spiro Mounds. Students will research to learn more about Spiro culture and other prehistoric farming cultures in Oklahoma. Students will identify the region in the US occupied by Mississippian culture. Students will trace the trade route along rivers and tributaries that joined Spiro with Mississippian ceremonial centers back east. Students will design experiments to demonstrate how agriculture might have started.
Taming the Wild Aurochs
Grades 6-12: ELA, Social Studies, Science, World History
Students read about the development of animal husbandry, outline the information and arrange steps in sequence.
What is Gluten?
Grades 6-12: ELA
Students will conduct scientific experiments to compare the presence of gluten in different kinds of flour.
Your Future in Agriculture
Grades 6-12: ELA
Students will explore and research a variety of careers in agriculture. Students will read about rapid advances in agriculture now and in American history.