Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom

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Introductory Lessons

Ag in My Community

Students learn about agriculture in their county and across the state.

Agriculture Counts

Students explore the every day uses of agricultural commodities grown in Oklahoma.

Agriculture: From the Ground and All Around (2016 Ag Day Contest Lessons)

Grades PreK-2

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-7

Grades 8-12

A Day Without Ag

What is agriculture, and how does it impact my life every day?

I Believe in Oklahoma Agriculture (2011 Ag Day Contest Lessons)

Grades PreK-2

Grades 3-5

Grade 6

Grades 7-8

Your Future in Agriculture

Students will explore and research a variety of careers in agriculture. Students will read about rapid advances in agriculture now and in American history.

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Ag Products

Ag in My Classroom:

Items in the classroom made from Oklahoma agricultural products (2009 Ag Day Contest lessons).

Grades PreK-2

Grades 3-5

Grade 6

Grades 7-8

Ag in the Outfield

The student will learn about the many agricultural products used in a baseball game.

Ag in the Playing Fields

The many ways agriculture is necessary for all your students' favorite sports.

More facts about agriculture in sports.

Agriculture Counts

The student will explore commodities grown in Oklahoma and the products made from them.

Agriculture—It Doesn't Just Happen: The Work of the Ag Research Service

Students use research skills to find information about agriculture research projects and use gathered information in a variety of presentations.

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.

How to Make Pop Bottle Biodiesel (from cooking oil)

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.

Clothesline Sleuth

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

Corn Cob Toys

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

A Day Without Ag

What is agriculture, and how does it impact my life every day?

The Eastern Redcedar

Students read three articles about Oklahoma's eastern redcedar and find the central idea and supporting facts and author's point of view. Students conduct scientific investigations with eastern redcedar samples. Students identify the range of the eastern redcedar.

From Bolls to Bolts

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

The History of Ethanol in America

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

How to Make Pop Bottle Biodiesel (from cooking oil)

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

Students match animals with the products they produce.

Making the Most of Milk: Understanding Lactose Intolerance

Students will learn what causes lactose intolerance and carry out a laboratory activity to test a treatment for lactose intolerance.

Making Paper

Students make paper from recycled paper.

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.

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.

How to Make Pop Bottle Biodiesel (from cooking oil)

The Peanut Wizard

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

The Story of Milk

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

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.

What's At Your Tailgate?

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?

Students read about the history of picnics and explore the agricultural source of several items associated with picnics.

Will Your Car Run on Grass? How Biomass Becomes Alcohol

Students conduct experiments with yeast to determine what substances promote fermentation.

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American Studies

Books About Ag in American History

A History of American Agriculture

War Era Food Posters

The Art of Growing Things

Learn the history of seed packets, then research a plant and create your own packet.

USDA Hardiness Zones Map

At Home on the Range

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

Power Point Presentation Keynote

Back to the Farm

Students trace family history to find family members with farming or ranching backgrounds.

Be a Food Explorer

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

Bill Pickett, Bull Doggin' Cowboy

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

Black Mesa: Where the Rocky Mountains Meet the Short Grass Prairie
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 (formerly Sticks and Stones)

Students will read about ancient farming cultures in Oklahoma and the early development of farming tools. Students will design and construct simple farming tools.

Old Farming Tools

Garden Tools

Buried Treasure: Oklahoma's Aquifers

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.

"What is Groundwater" (Excellent video from Quest Science)

"Summary of the Water Cycle" (Great charts from USGS Water Science School)

Busting the Prairie: Planning a Homestead Community

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.

Smart Board Activity: Metaphor, Simile, Personification (need help opening this?)

Cherokee Farming

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.

Come Into My Parlor

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

Corn Cob Toys

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

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

Students 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.

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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.

Dark Days on the Prairie

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.

Dear George: George Washington and the First Census of Agriculture

Students will translate excerpts from letters by George Washington into modern English; Read excerpts from letters by George Washington about the United States in its infancy and compare conditions Washington describes with recent conditions, based on current census data (provided); Compose a modern-day reply to one of Washington’s letters, based on current census data (provided). Design brochures to promote selected agriculture commodities.
Design surveys and use US Postal Service, email and social media to correspond with students in other parts of the country and compare modes of modern communication; Graph census data and find measures of central tendency.

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.

Extending the Knowledge

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 Fair Starts With Agriculture

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.

Food for Keeps

Students explore food preservation methods and make beef jerky.

From Shelter to Playing Fields: Oklahoma Sod

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.

Garden Guard

Students will work in small groups or individually to create scarecrows, write brief descriptions about them and display them in a class scarecrow show.

George Washington on the Farm
Students learn about George Washington's contributions to American agriculture.

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.

Goodness, Grady!

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

Head, Heart, Hands, Health

Students learn the history of 4-H, one of the oldest youth organizations, and use the information to compare and contrast other historical events.

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)

Hit the Trail

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

Hoboes on Harvest

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

A Hundred Bales of Hay

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

An International Menu

Students use dictionaries to research etymologies and explore the diverse origins of common foods we eat.

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.

Lucille Mulhall: First Cowgirl
Students read about Lucille Mulhall, a famous Oklahoma cowgirl, and participate in activities to strengthen comprehension and vocabulary.

Powerpoint: Lucille Mulhall Lasso Lessons

Make Mine Turkey

Students learn to interpret data in grocery advertisements and compute costs by creating a menu and computing the cost of a turkey dinner.

Mr. Goldman's Good Idea

Students read about the invention of the shopping cart and identify major elements of the story’s structure.

Next Year's Seeds

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

Pancakes, Please

Students experiment with three different kinds of leaveners and learn about pancakes in American and world.

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

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.

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. Students interpret a map of Indian lands in Indian Territory in 1889.

Red Dirt Groundbreakers

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

Spiro Farming: Corn, Squash and Beans Build a Mighty Trade Center

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.

Surveying: 19 Chains and 50 Links

Students use geometric skills to practice the art of surveying.

Territorial Children

Students explore the geography of Indian Territory, learn about the lives of children in 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

Students learn about the thanksgiving celebrations of various North American tribes and compare myth and fact regarding Thanksgiving.

Thomas Jefferson's Useful Plants

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.

Time Line of the Land

Students construct time lines, using historical facts about the development of agriculture.

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Careers in Agriculture

Some Careers in Agriculture (list in progress)

Back to the Farm

Students will develop family trees based on people in their families who have been involved in agriculture. Includes discussion of ag-related jobs.

Breaking It Down: Careers in Agriculture

Students will explore some agriculture-related careers while decoding words with common suffixes.

Little Red Hen

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

Off to Work

The student will become familiar with some jobs in agriculture.

Your Future in Agriculture

Students will explore and research a variety of careers in agriculture. Students will read about rapid advances in agriculture now and in American history.

Cooking and Eating

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

Bring on the Brassica Veggies!

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.

The Chemistry of Butter

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

Food for Keeps

Student explore food preservation methodsand make beef jerky.

Got Gluten?

Students will conduct scientific demonstratons to compare the presence of gluten in different kinds of flour. Students will read two articles about gluten and answer comprehension questions, including a comparison of the two readings.

Hot Off the Grill

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

Oklahoma Stone Soup

Students learn about soups around the world and make Oklahoma Stone Soup while acting out an Oklahoma version of the story.

Smart Board sequencing activity for this lesson (Smart Notebook software required to open)

Pancakes, Please

Students experiment with three different kinds of leaveners and learn about pancakes in American and world.

Smart Board Activity: Poetry

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.

Pizza for Everyone

Students brainstorm, web, gather data and graph pizza topping preferences.

Pizza Portions

Students read about pizza in groups and answer comprehension questions. Students use math skills to find what percentage of daily caloric intake is consumed when eating pizza.

Power Point / Keynote

Say Cheese

Students make cheese.

Yam and Eggs

Students learn where their food dollars go while getting practice recognizing coins and making change.

Tortillas in a Bag

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

What's in Your Picnic Basket?

Students read about the history of picnics and explore the agricultural source of several items associated with picnics.

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Cowboys, Cowgirls, and the West

 

Books About Cowboys and Ranching

Songs About Farmers, Ranchers and Cowboys

Ag in Art: Stampede, Frederic Remington

At Home on the Range

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

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Bill Pickett, Bull Doggin' Cowboy

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

Power Point Presentation

Storyteller Tim Lowry tells the story of Bill Pickett, Bull Dogger

Black Mesa: Where the Rocky Mountains Meet the Short Grass Prairie
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.

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.

Hit the Trail

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

Lucille Mulhall: First Cowgirl
Students read about Lucille Mulhall, a famous Oklahoma cowgirl, and participate in activities to strengthen comprehension and vocabulary.

Powerpoint: Lucille Mulhall Lasso Lessons

Oklahoma Stone Soup

Students learn about soups around the world and make Oklahoma Stone Soup while acting out an Oklahoma version of the story.

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

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. Students interpret a map of Indian lands in Indian Territory in 1889.

Red Dirt Groundbreakers

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

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.

What's Your Brand?

Student learn the history and purpose of branding cattle.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Woods, Lake, Rocks: Art of the Wild West at Woolaroc

Students will learn about the western art on display at Woolaroc Museum near Bartlesville, research and write reports on some of the art and artists and examine the elements of select works of art.

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Cultural Diversity

Multicultural Books About Agricultural Topics

At Home on the Range

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

Multimedia Presentation: Spirit of the Buffalo (Power Point) (Keynote)

Bill Pickett, Bull Doggin' Cowboy

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

Power Point Presentation

Storyteller Tim Lowry tells the story of Bill Pickett, Bull Dogger

Cherokee Farming

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

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

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

Students 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.

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.

An International Menu

Students use dictionaries to research etymologies and explore the diverse origins of common foods we
eat.

A Market for Goats

Students will read about goat production in Oklahoma and learn about the market for goats among various ethnic groups. Students will research ethnic groups and holidays in which goat meat plays an important part. Students will look at several works of art related to goats and make a timeline of the paintings to show the role of goats in history. Students will research to find the origins of the paintings and locate the countries on a map of the world.

Oklahoma Stone Soup

Students learn about soups around the world and make Oklahoma Stone Soup while acting out an Oklahoma version of the story.

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

Pancakes, Please

Students experiment with three different kinds of leaveners and learn about pancakes in American and world.

The Peanut Wizard

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

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.

Red Dirt Groundbreakers

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

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)

Thanksgiving: Celebrating the Harvest

Students learn about the thanksgiving celebrations of various North American tribes and compare myth and fact regarding Thanksgiving.

Tortillas in a Bag

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

What's in Your Picnic Basket?

Students read about the history of picnics and explore the agricultural source of several items associated with picnics.

Yam and Eggs

Encourage your students to try something different as they learn what people eat for breakfast around the world.

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Economics

Ag in My Community

Students learn about agriculture in their own community and across the state.

Smart Board Activity: Proper and Common Nouns

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Agriculture Counts

Students describe all the agriculture products they use in a typical day and explore statistics related to Oklahoma's most valuable agricultural commodities.

At the Sale Barn

Students will read about cattle auctions and solve math word problems related to buying cattle.

At Your Fingertips

On a world map, students will locate countries from which we import foods that climatic conditions prevent us from growing locally.

By the Pound

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

Corn Cob Toys

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

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.

Cultivating Oklahoma's Future

Grades 7-8, Grade 6, Grades 3-5, Grades PreK-2

Students read and discuss information and vocabulary about some new developments in agriculture and the future of agriculture in Oklahoma.

Extending the Knowledge

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 Fair Starts With Agriculture

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.

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.

A Hundred Bales of Hay

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

In Strawberry Fields

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

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.

Look! Up in the Sky! Agricultural Aviation

Students read about the agricultural aviation industry and its history and answer comprehension questions. Students read about the division of land by townships and sections and use legal land descriptions to identify parcels of land in a map of a land section. Students answer math word problems related to agricultural aviation. Students conduct experiments with paper airplanes and O-Wings.

A Market for Goats

Students will read about goat production in Oklahoma and learn about the market for goats among various ethnic groups. Students will research ethnic groups and holidays in which goat meat plays an important part. Students will look at several works of art related to goats and make a timeline of the paintings to show the role of goats in history. Students will research to find the origins of the paintings and locate the countries on a map of the world.

Milk by the Gallon, Strawberries by the Quart

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

Mr. Goldman's Good Idea

Students read about the invention of the shopping cart and identify major elements of the story’s structure.

Oklahoma Wheat on the World Market

Students compute profit and loss in a wheat trading market a graph market activity.

Oklahoma Wheat Harvest (from Sunup)

Oklahoma's Inland Waterway: The McLellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System

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.

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. Students interpret a map of Indian lands in Indian Territory in 1889.

Spiro Farming: Corn, Squash and Beans Build a Mighty Trade Center

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.

The Story of Milk

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

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

US Agriculture and the World Market

Students interpret agricultural import and export data in tabular form, determine percentages, convert values between measurement systems and graph information from tables.

Weather Matters

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.

World Trade

Students use research skills to learn about world trade and the organizations which govern trade.

Your Food Dollar (and Cents)

Students learn where their food dollars go while getting practice recognizing coins and making change.

Environment and Conservation

Agriculture is a Cycle

Students will make bracelets representing life cycles.

Are You Thirsty? The Effects of Pollution on Drinking Water

Various activities for helping students visualize the effects of pollution on drinking water.

The Art of Growing Things

Learn the history of seed packets, then research a plant and create your own packet.

USDA Hardiness Zones Map

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.

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.

Bee Dance

The student will construct bee puppets and use them to act out some bee behaviors.

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.

How to Make Pop Bottle Biodiesel (from cooking oil)

Black Mesa: Where the Rocky Mountains Meet the Short Grass Prairie
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.

Bubbles in the Cabbage Juice

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

Bug's Eye View

Students construct an insect holder and observe and classify insects.

Buried Treasure: Oklahoma's Aquifers

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.

"What is Groundwater" (Excellent video from Quest Science)

"Summary of the Water Cycle" (Great charts from USGS Water Science School)

Circles in the Landscape: Irrigating Oklahoma Crops

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.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Creepy Crawly Critters

Students will learn characteristics of insects by creating models from an assortment of materials.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Dark Days on the Prairie

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.

More on the Dust Bowl

Dirt Babies

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

Dirty Pictures

Student compose pictures using the many different colors of Oklahoma soil.

Fantastic Flower

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

The Farmer Cares for the Land

The student will identify cause and effect relationships in issues relating to agriculture and the environment.

Fish In A Bottle

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

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote Version)

From Shelter to Playing Fields: Oklahoma Sod

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.

Garden Grid

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

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Garden Guard

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

The students germinate seeds under a variety of conditions.

A Growing Market

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

Harvest the Wind

Students read about wind power and wind farms, make a pin wheel and develop their own inventions for harvesting wind power.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

The History of Ethanol in America

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

How to Make Pop Bottle Biodiesel (from cooking oil)

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

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.

Let It Rain

Demonstrations showing students the effects of water erosion on soil.

Look Out, Below!

Student learn the four layers of soil and identify the substances that make up each level.

Look! Up in the Sky! Agricultural Aviation

Students read about the agricultural aviation industry and its history and answer comprehension questions. Students read about the division of land by townships and sections and use legal land descriptions to identify parcels of land in a map of a land section. Students answer math word problems related to agricultural aviation. Students conduct experiments with paper airplanes and O-Wings.

A Lovely Captive

Students will construct a habitat which will allow them to observe the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

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Making Paper

Students make paper from recycled paper.

Manure Happens: Nutrients in Livestock Manure

Students reinforce science and math skills while learning about the nutrients found in livestock manure.

Measuring Exponential Growth

Students reinforce math skills while learning about best practices for use of animal manure nutrients and protection of water quality.

Mighty Earth Movers

Students build a habitat for worms and record observations.

Mighty Oaks From Little Acorns

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

Mud in the Water

The student will build a soil erosion model and learn the importance of soil conservation.

Mushrooms and Other Fungi

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. Students compare mushrooms with plants. Students capture mushroom spores to determine their color. Students examine the life cycle from spores to compost and conduct experiments with mushroom compost.

Norman Borlaug, Hunger Fighter

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

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.

Oklahoma Soils
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.

Paper or Plastic? Exploring Renewable Resources

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

Playing in the Dirt: Discovering Soil

Students will use their science process skills to discover the percentage of sand, silt, loam or clay in soil samples.

Pollinator Habitats

Students research, interview experts and design pollinator habitats

Preparing for Drought

Students form subcommittees to propose plans for drought management and relief.

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.

Save Our Soil: Exploring Agricultural Land Use

Students will learn about the distribution of agricultural land through a demonstration with an apple representing the earth. Students will discuss the impacts of land development. Students will make land use decisions for a variety of situations and justify their decisions. Students will answer questions from a chart showing land use and ecosystem types in select countries from different regions.

Soak It Up

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

Students take a walk wearing socks over their shoes to learn how some seeds travel.

Sunny Sunflowers

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

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Symbiosis in Agriculture

Students compare insect relationships according to their symbiosis class—parasitism, commensalism, mutualism.

Thomas Jefferson's Useful Plants

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.

Weather Matters

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

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 is Drought?

Students conduct an experiment to explore the effects of drought.

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.

How to Make Pop Bottle Biodiesel (from cooking oil)

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Food and Nutrition

Be a Food Explorer

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

Beef is Good for You

Students chart nutritional information about beef.

Bread in a Bag

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

Bring on the Brassica Veggies!

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.

Build a Burger

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

Call It Macaroni
Students use assorted dry pasta in a variety of math problems.

Smart Board: Pasta Poetry

The Chemistry of Butter

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

Cultivating Oklahoma's Future

Grades 7-8, Grade 6, Grades 3-5, Grades PreK-2

Students read and discuss information and vocabulary about some new developments in agriculture and the future of agriculture in Oklahoma.

Fields of Beans

All about legumes

Fit With Fiber: Graphing Cereal

Students gather and graph information about favorite breakfast cereals.

Food for Keeps

Student explore food preservation methods and make beef jerky.

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 differences between fruits and vegetables from different perspectives and develop their own definitions.

Got Gluten?

Students will conduct scientific demonstratons to compare the presence of gluten in different kinds of flour. Students will read two articles about gluten and answer comprehension questions, including a comparison of the two readings.

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.

Hot Off the Grill

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

How to Pick the Best

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

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.

An International Menu

Students use dictionaries to research etymologies and explore the diverse origins of common foods we eat.

A Journey Through the Digestive System

Students use math and science skills while taking a journey through the digestive system.

Make Mine Turkey

Students learn to interpret data in grocery advertisements and compute costs by creating a menu and computing the cost of a turkey dinner.

Making the Most of Milk: Understanding Lactose Intolerance

Students will learn what causes lactose intolerance and carry out a laboratory activity to test a treatment for lactose intolerance.

Melon Madness

All about Oklahoma melons, with activities.

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.

The Nightshades: Tomatoes, Potatoes and Peppers

Writing, math, social studies and science activities with vegetables in the Nightshade Family.

Oklahoma's Roots and Leafy Greens

All about root vegetables and leafy greens.

Oklahoma Stone Soup

Students learn about soups around the world and make Oklahoma Stone Soup while acting out an Oklahoma version of the story.

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

Organic or Conventional: Fact, Opinion, Propaganda

Students examine the differences between organic and conventional farming and learn to identify fact, opinion and various propaganda techniques.

Pancakes, Please

Students experiment with three different kinds of leaveners and learn about pancakes in American and world.

Pecan Fingerprints

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

Pizza for Everyone

Students brainstorm, web, gather data and graph pizza topping preferences.

Pizza Portions

Students read about pizza in groups and answer comprehension questions. Students use math skills to find what percentage of daily caloric intake is consumed when eating pizza.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

A Purple Cow

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

Read Before You Eat
Students learn to read nutrition labels on packaged foods.

Rooftop Sandwich

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

Sandwich Feast

Students use sandwich ingredients to create books, practice punctuation and have a sandwich feast.

Smart Board Activity: Guide Words (Need help opening this?)

Say Cheese

Students make cheese.

Snack Sack

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

The Story of Milk

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

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

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

All about root vegetables and leafy greens.

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 and compare animal feed with human food by creating a balanced human feed ration, based on the USDA Food Guide Pyramid

Thomas Jefferson's Useful Plants

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.

Tortillas in a Bag

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

What's in Your Picnic Basket?

Students read about the history of picnics and explore the agricultural source of several items associated with picnics.

Yam and Eggs

Encourage students to try something different as they learn what people eat for breakfast around the world.

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Insects

"What can we say to so marvellous an instinct as that which leads the bee to make cells, which have practically anticipated the discoveries of profound mathematics."

-Charles Darwin

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.

Bee Dance

The student will 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.")

Bug's Eye View

The student construct an insect holder and observe and classify insects.

Catch as Catch Can (Now combined with Bug's Eye View)

The student will construct an insect catch net and capture insects for observation.

Creepy Crawly Critters

Students will learn characteristics of insects by creating models from an assortment of materials.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Crickets on the Hearth

Students design and conduct investigations with crickets.

Fantastic Flower

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

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

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.

Look! Up in the Sky! Agricultural Aviation

Students read about the agricultural aviation industry and its history and answer comprehension questions. Students read about the division of land by townships and sections and use legal land descriptions to identify parcels of land in a map of a land section. Students answer math word problems related to agricultural aviation. Students conduct experiments with paper airplanes and O-Wings.

A Lovely Captive

Students will construct a habitat which will allow them to observe the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a
butterfly.

Pollinator Habitats

Students research, interview experts and design pollinator habitats

Symbiosis in Agriculture

Students compare insect relationships according to their symbiosis class—parasitism, commensalism, mutualism.

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Oklahoma Studies

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Plant Science

The Art of Growing Things

Learn the history of seed packets, then research a plant and create your own packet.

Baby Peanut Plants

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

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.

 

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.")

Bubbles in the Cabbage Juice

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

Circles in the Landscape: Irrigating Oklahoma Crops

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.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote Version)

Dirt Babies

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

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: Words in Context (need help opening this?)

From Shelter to Playing Fields: Oklahoma Sod

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

Students observe the growth of fungus on slices of bread.

Garden Grid

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

Garden Guard

Students will work in small groups or individually to create scarecrows, write brief descriptions about them and display them in a class scarecrow show.

A Garden in the Mailbox

Students will examine seed catalogs and find information about plants, growing seasons, etc.


George Washington on the Farm
Students learn about George Washington's contributions to American agriculture, including his experiments with crops and fertilizers.

Germination Observations

The students germinate seeds under a variety of conditions.

Get Growing
Students read about what a plant needs to grow and conduct experiments related to plant needs.

Grow a Living Pantry: Growing Food Without Soil

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.

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 to Pick the Best

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

Let's Get Together: Grafting Fruit and Pecan Trees

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.

Melon Meiosis

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

Mighty Oaks From Little Acorns

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

Next Year's Seeds

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

Norman Borlaug, Hunger Fighter

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

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.

Plant Parts We Eat

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

Playing in the Dirt: Discovering Soil

Students will use their science process skills to discover the percentage of sand, silt, loam or clay in soil samples.

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.

Seed Swapping

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

Sock Walk

Students take a walk wearing socks over their shoes to learn how some seeds travel.

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.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Symbiosis in Agriculture

Students compare insect relationships according to their symbiosis class—parasitism, commensalism, mutualism.

Thomas Jefferson's Useful Plants

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.

Where the Blue Fern Grows

Growing fern from fern spores.

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Pumpkins and Other Lessons for Fall

New Format: All Pumpkin Lessons and Resources

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

Ag in the Outfield

The student will learn about the many agricultural products used in a baseball game.

Ag in the Playing Fields

All the ways agriculture is used in sports, including the grass in the fields.

Be a Food Explorer

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

Bug's Eye View

The student construct an insect holder and observe and classify insects.

Case of the Missing Pumpkin

Student observe decomposition of a pumpkin.

The Fair Starts With Agriculture

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.

A Hundred Bales of Hay

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

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.

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

(Need help opening this?)

Pumpkins, Squash and Other Cucurbits

Many activities with squash and pumpkins.

A Tough Nut to Crack

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

A Trip to the Animal Fair

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

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Research, Technology and Invention

Facts About Biotechnology

Agriculture—It Doesn't Just Happen: The Work of the Ag Research Service

Students use research skills to find information about agriculture research projects and use gathered information in a variety of presentations.

Agriculture: It's More Than You Think

The student will become familiar with several agricultural careers while practicing the use of suffixes.

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.

Beef is Good for You

Students chart nutritional information about beef.

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.

Smart Board

Colorful Cattle (movie)

Cultivating Oklahoma's Future

Grades 7-8, Grade 6, Grades 3-5, Grades PreK-2

Students read and discuss information and vocabulary about some new developments in agriculture and the future of agriculture in Oklahoma.

DNA Blueprint for Life

Students isolate DNA in a solution made from fruit pulp.

Power Point: DNA Blueprint for Life (DNA Extraction from Strawberries)

Extract Your DNA (simple NOVA experiment on video)

Good Breeding

Students learn about common Oklahoma cattle breeds.

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

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

Mr. Goldman's Good Idea

Students read about the invention of the shopping cart and identify major elements of the story’s structure.

Norman Borlaug, Hunger Fighter

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

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.

Time Line of the Land

Students construct time lines, using historical facts about the development of agriculture.

Weather Matters

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

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.

Will Your Car Run on Grass? How Biomass Becomes Alcohol

Students conduct experiments with yeast to determine what substances promote fermentation.

How to Make Pop Bottle Biodiesel (from cooking oil)

Soil Science

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Take It Outside

Oklahoma Dirt Shirt

Agriculture is a Cycle

Students will make bracelets representing life cycles.

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.

Bee Dance

The student will construct bee puppets and use them to act out some bee behaviors.

Bug's Eye View

The student construct an insect holder and observe and classify insects.

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.

Circles in the Landscape: Irrigating Oklahoma Crops

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.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Creepy Crawly Critters

Students will learn characteristics of insects by creating models from an assortment of materials.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Dirt Babies

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

Dirty Pictures

Student compose pictures using the many different colors of Oklahoma soil.

Egg Toss

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

Fantastic Flower

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

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.

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.

From Shelter to Playing Fields: Oklahoma Sod

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.

Great Balls of Fire

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

Harvest the Wind

Students read about wind power and wind farms, make a pin wheel and develop their own inventions for harvesting wind power.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Let It Rain

Demonstrations showing students the effects of water erosion on soil.

Look! Up in the Sky! Agricultural Aviation

Students read about the agricultural aviation industry and its history and answer comprehension questions. Students read about the division of land by townships and sections and use legal land descriptions to identify parcels of land in a map of a land section. Students answer math word problems related to agricultural aviation. Students conduct experiments with paper airplanes and O-Wings.

A Lovely Captive

Students will construct a habitat which will allow them to observe the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a
butterfly.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Manure Happens: Nutrients in Livestock Manure

Students reinforce science and math skills while learning about the nutrients found in livestock manure.

Mighty Earth Movers

Students build a habitat for worms and record observations.

Mighty Oaks From Little Acorns

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

Mud in the Water

The student will build a soil erosion model and learn the importance of soil conservation.

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.

Pollinator Habitats

Students research, interview experts and design pollinator habitats

Powerful Potato

The student will observe the growth process of a potato.

Pumpkins By The Pound

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

Sock Walk

Students take a walk wearing socks over their shoes to learn how some seeds travel.

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.

Bones and Stones

Students will read about ancient farming cultures in Oklahoma and the early development of farming tools. Students will design and construct simple farming tools.

Sunny Sunflowers

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

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Thomas Jefferson's Useful Plants

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.

A Tough Nut to Crack

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

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 in Your Picnic Basket?

Students read about the history of picnics and explore the agricultural source of several items associated with picnics.

Working Watermelon

Student perform estimates, measurements and calculations on a watermelon.

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

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Weather

Black Mesa: Where the Rocky Mountains Meet the Short Grass Prairie
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.

"The Dust Bowl" (interdisciplinary curriculum produced by Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts and written by Dust Bowl Survivor Dr. V. Pauline Hodges)

The Dust Bowl in the Classroom (PBS site based on the Ken Burns series,The Dust Bowl)

Circles in the Landscape: Irrigating Oklahoma Crops

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.

Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Crickets on the Hearth

Students design and conduct investigations with crickets.

Dark Days on the Prairie

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.

More on the Dust Bowl (NEH site)

"The Dust Bowl" (interdisciplinary curriculum produced by Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts and written by Dust Bowl Survivor Dr. V. Pauline Hodges)

The Dust Bowl in the Classroom (PBS site based on the Ken Burns series,The Dust Bowl)

A Garden in a Mailbox

Students will examine seed catalogs and find information about plants, growing seasons, etc.

Harvest the Wind

Students read about wind power and wind farms, make a pin wheel and develop their own inventions for harvesting wind power.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Preparing for Drought

Students form subcommittees to research drought management and relief.

Snowball Fight

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

Weather Matters

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.

What is Drought?

Students conduct an experiment to explore the effects of drought.

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World Studies

Bones and Stones

Students will read about ancient farming cultures in Oklahoma and the early development of farming tools. Students will design and construct simple farming tools.

Old Farming Tools

Garden Tools

Bread in a Bag

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

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.

Corn Field Math

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

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

Students 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.

Counting Sheep

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

Garden Guard

Students will work in small groups or individually to create scarecrows, write brief descriptions about them and display them in a class scarecrow show.

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)

A Lucky Break

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

Oklahoma Stone Soup

Students learn about soups around the world and make Oklahoma Stone Soup while acting out an Oklahoma version of the story.

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

Pancakes, Please

Students experiment with three different kinds of leaveners and learn about pancakes in American and world.

Smart Board Activity: Poetry

Save Our Soil: Exploring Agricultural Land Use

Students will learn about the distribution of agricultural land through a demonstration with an apple representing the earth. Students will discuss the impacts of land development. Students will make land use decisions for a variety of situations and justify their decisions. Students will answer questions from a chart showing land use and ecosystem types in select countries from different regions.

Taming the Wild Aurochs

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

Tortillas in a Bag

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

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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.