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Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom

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Lessons by Grade Level: Grades PreK-2nd

About Pumpkins
Grades 1-3: ELA
Students will read about pumpkins and answer questions to show comprehension.
Ag in My Classroom
Grades PreK-2: English Language Arts
Items in the classroom made from Oklahoma agricultural products
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.
Agriculture: From the Ground and All Around
Grades PreK-2: ELA, Math
Students will read words related to apples and find words that rhyme with each one. Students will use decoding skills to decode words related to apples. Students will read about apple trees and Johnny Appleseed. They will then complete comprehension pages to demonstrate their understanding of the reading passages. Students will taste apples and create a class graph to show which apple the most students like, as well as the least. They will write a sentence to describe their favorite apple.
An Apple a Day
Grades PreK-2: ELA, Science, Math
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.
Asparagus: The Mighty Spear
Grades PreK-1: Social Studies, Math, ELA, Visual Arts, Small Motor
Students will understand the nutritional value of asparagus and how it is grown in Oklahoma. Students will use asparagus as a manipulative to solve math problems. Students will paint with asparagus.
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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Barnyard Bingo
Grades PK-2: ELA, Social Studies, Math, PE, World Languages
Students mark bingo cards as they recognize the farm animal sounds in the song "The Farmer in the Dell."
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.
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.
Beef or Dairy?
Grades K-2: ELA, Science, Math, Visual Arts
Students learn to distinguish between beef and dairy cows by identifying their basic body shapes.
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.
Bread Around the World
Grades PreK-2: ELA, Social Studies
Students will learn about the different kinds of breads eaten by different cultures and locate the parts of the world where the breads are most commonly eaten.
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
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.
By the Pound
Grades 1,2,4: Math
The student will estimate the weight and cost of produce and calculate the actual price.
Call It Macaroni
Grades PK-2: ELA, Math
Students will use dry pasta in a variety of math activities and to create poetry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Counting Sheep or People? Census 2020
Grades PreK-2: Math, World Languages
Students will use one-to-one correspondence and count popcorn to represent sheep by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s. Students will use tally marks to record the number of "sheep" they have. Students will use counting words from other languages to count popcorn, which represents sheep. Students learn about the Census of 2020 by taking a census of their class and creating a class graph.
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.
A Day without Ag
Grades PreK-2: ELA, Social Studies, Math
Students will spell the word "agriculture," discuss its meaning and read about the impact of agriculture to them. Students will identify everyday things made from agriculture. Students will sort items made from agriculture. Students will count how many people in their class have used different agriculture products. They will write numbers or tally marks to show their results.
Dirt Babies
Grades K-2: Science, Visual Arts, ELA
Students will observe grass sprouting and growing like hair on heads they create from knee-high nylon stockings and potting medium.
Dirty Pictures
Grades K-2: Science, Visual Arts, ELA
Student compose pictures using the many different colors of Oklahoma soil.
Egg Toss
Grades PreK-2 Math, PE
Students practice counting by playing a game with an egg carton and plastic eggs. Students estimate and measure distances in a game of "Egg Toss" with real boiled eggs or alternative. Students use plastic eggs as manipulatives for sorting, patterning, and to estimate and measure volume.
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.
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 Babies
Grades PreK-1: Math, Science
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.
The Farmer and The Cowman
Grades K-2: ELA, Social Studies, Visual Arts, Music
Students make booklets showing the difference between a ranch and a farm.
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 the Ground and All Around
Grades PreK-2: ELA, Social Studies, Visual Arts
Students will learn that agriculture is all around us in Oklahoma, from the ground and all around. Students will list rhyming words and write simple poems. Students will identify people in the community with careers associated with agriculture. Students will research some government agencies that support agriculture. Students will research an agricultural commodity produced in Oklahoma and sequence the steps from the ground to the grocery shelf.
Garden Guard
Grades PreK-2: ELA, Visual Arts, Math
Students will work in small groups or individually to create scarecrows, write brief descriptions about them and display them in a class scarecrow show.
Germination Observations
Grades K-3: Science, ELA, Math
The students germinate seeds under a variety of conditions.
Get Growing
Grades K-2: ELA, Science
Students read about what a plant needs to grow and conduct experiments related to plant needs.
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.
The Grain Game
Grades 1-2: Math, ELA
Students use pieces of cereal made from grains grown in Oklahoma to play a counting game.
Growing Peanuts
Grades K-2: Science
Student sprout peanuts and grow peanut plants.
A Handy Measure
Grades PreK-2: Math
Students are introduced to the method used for measuring horses.
Have You the Time of Day?
Grades K-2: Math, ELA
Students read a story about a day in the life of a farmer and gain practice reading and writing time.
A Hidden Beauty
Grades PreK-2: Science, ELA, Visual Arts, Math
Students construct a model of a plant that grows from a bulb.
Hogs on a Diet
Grades PreK-2: Math
Students will examine grains used in animal feed, sort the grains and use them to practice math facts.
A Horse of a Different Color
Grades PreK-2: Visual Arts
Students explore the diversity of horse coat colors.
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 to Pick the Best
Grades K-3: LA, Science, Math, Social Studies
Students learn what to look for when selecting fresh fruits and vegetables.
A Hundred Bales of Hay
Grades 1-3: Math
Students practice patterns on a hundreds chart while learning about hay production, past and present.
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.)
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.
Macaroni Math
Grades PreK-2: Math
Students use dry pasta in a variety of math activities
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Made From Animals
Grades PreK-2: Science, ELA, Social Studies
Students match animals with the products they produce.
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.
Math for Peanuts
Grades PreK-2: Math
Students estimate the number of peanuts in a peanut shell and graph the results.
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.
Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns
Grades PreK-2: Science, Math, ELA, Visual Arts
Students make the connection between seeds and trees by gathering and planting acorns.
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.
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
Off to Work
Grades PreK-1: Social Studies
The student will become familiar with some jobs in agriculture.
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 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 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.
Peas, Please
Grades K-2: ELA, Math, Science
Students will learn about different kinds of peas that grow in Oklahoma. Students will identify the parts of the vegetables we eat as root, fruit or leaves. Students will use peas in pod for a variety of math activities. Students will compare and contrast different versions of the story "The Princess and the Pea." Students will grow peas.
Pecan Fingerprints
Grades K-2: Science, ELA, Visual Arts
Students learn about themselves as individuals and understand that things in nature also have traits that distinguish them from all others.
Pizza for Everyone
Grades 2-4: Math
Students brainstorm, web, gather data and graph information about pizza preferences.
Plant Parts We Eat
Grades PreK-2: ELA, Science, Math, Visual Arts
Students will read about vegetables and answer comprehension questions, write a sentence about vegetables, read Tops and Bottoms, by Janet Stevens, and create their own Tops and Bottoms gardens. Students will sort and categorize vegetables by parts (leaves, seeds, flowers, fruit, stems or roots). Students will plant a classroom garden and harvest vegetables. Students will create a garden journal and decorate it with vegetable prints. Students will measure, sort and weigh vegetables and classify them by geometric shape.
Pop, Pop, Popcorn
Grades PreK-2: ELA, Math, Science, Visual Arts
Students will grow a popcorn necklace to discover the life cycle of a plant. Determine if popcorn needs sunlight and water to grow. Students will use popcorn kernels and popcorn to create and extend patterns. Students will make popcorn corsages or pictures. Students will use popcorn kernels and popcorn to count objects and sets of objects. Students will read about popcorn kernels and popcorn and answer questions to show a basic understanding of how popcorn pops.
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Pumpkin Globes
Grades 1-2: Social Studies
Students will use pumpkins to create globes of the world.
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.
A Purple Cow
Grades PreK-2: Visual Arts, ELA, Math
Students learn to identify colors in nature and to observe objects under varying light conditions.
Rooftop Sandwich
Grades PreK-2: ELA, Math
Students create books showing the main ingredients of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
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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Seed Swapping
Grades 1-3: Science, Math
Students will practice and review place values,
using seeds as manipulatives.
Sock Walk
Grades 1-4: Science, ELA, Visual Arts
Students take a walk wearing socks over their shoes to learn how some seeds travel.
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.
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.
The Story of Milk
Grades PreK-1: ELA
Student learn where milk comes from and place the steps in sequence.
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.
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.
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.
A Trip to the Animal Fair
Grades K-2: ELA, Science, Visual Arts
Students examine the needs of pets and other animals and compare them with their own needs.
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.
Watermelon, Watermelon
Grades PreK-2: ELA, Science, Math, Visual Arts, Music, PE
Students use melons for experiments with sound waves and displacement. Students create watermelon booklets, based on the book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"
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'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.
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.
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.
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.