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Lessons by Grade Level: Grades 3-5

About Pumpkins

Grades 1-3: ELA

Students will read about pumpkins and answer questions to show comprehension.

Pumpkin Lessons and Resources

AC Magruder and the Magruder Plots

Grades 3 and 9: SS, ELA

Students will read about the Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreakers who is best known by the OSU Experimental Winter Wheat Plots named in his honor.

Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreaker Lessons

Ag Education and Extension: William Bentley and Bermuda John Fields

Grade 3: SS, Math

Students will read about two of Oklahoma's Red Dirt Groundbreakers and discover the impact they had on Oklahoma Extension Offices.

Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreaker Lessons

Ag in My Community

Grades 3-4: SS, Sci

Explores Oklahoma agriculture locally, with a list of ag products grown in each county.

Ag in the Outfield

Grades 3-5: ELA, Math, Visual Art

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

Ag in the Playing Fields

Grades 3-5: ELA, Math, Sci

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

Ag Libs

Grades 1-3: ELA, VA

Fill in the blanks ag-related story, using different parts of speech.

Agriculture in Motion

Select lesson by grade level below

Students learn about the work involved in agriculture and the machines used to help.

Agriculture is a Cycle

Grades K-3: ELA, Sci, SS

Students will make bracelets representing life cycles.

All Black Towns: Edward P. McCabe and Annie Peters

Grade 3: SS, ELA; High School: Oklahoma History

Students will read about two of Oklahoma's Red Dirt Groundbreakers and discover the positive impact they had on Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreaker Lessons

The Art of Growing Things

Grades 3-5: ELA, Sci, SS, VA

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

USDA Hardiness Zones Map

Baby Peanut Plants

Grades 2-4: ELA

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

Back to the Farm

Grades 3: ELA, SS

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

Be a Bug Scout

Grades 2-4: Math, Sci, ELA

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

Be a Food Explorer

Grades 3-5: ELA, SS, Health

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

A Bean is a Seed

Grades K-4: Sci

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: Sci, ELA, Math, VA

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: VA, ELA, Sci

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

Bees and Honey Lessons and Resources

Bee Smart. Bee Happy

Grades K-4: Sci, ELA, Music

Students learn basic information about bees and the importance of pollination in crop production.

Bees and Honey Lessons and Resources

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.

Bees and Honey Lessons and Resources

Ben Marshall and His Prize Peaches

Grades 3 and 9: SS, ELA

Students will read about the Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreakers who helped peaches become a major cash crop in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreaker Lessons

Bill Pickett, Bull Doggin' Cowboy

Grade 3: SS, ELA, VA

Students will be introduced to an Oklahoma Cowboy who pioneered the bulldogging contest at rodeos. Bill Pickett was later recognized with a postage stamp in his honor. Students will design their own postage stamps.

Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreaker Lessons

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

Grades 3-8: Sci, SS

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.

Oklahoma Studies Lessons and Resources

Bones and Stones

Grades 3-4: ELA, SS, Sci

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

Oklahoma Studies Lessons and Resources

Bread in a Bag

Grades 1-4: ELA, Sci, Health

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

Wheat Lessons and Resources

Bread in a Bag Kits available from:
Oklahoma State Department of Education
Child Nutrition Department
Becky Gray, Child Nutrition Coordinator
Room 310
405.522.5042

Breaking It Down: Careers in Agriculture

Grades 3-5: ELA

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

Bring on the Brassica Veggies!

Grades 3-5: ELA, Sci, VA

Students will read about various vegetables in the Brassica family and answer comprehension questions. Students will test recipes using Brassica vegetables and determine their favorites. Students will use Brassica vegetables in art projects.

Bug's Eye View

Grades 1-4: Sci, 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.

Beef Lessons and Resources

Buried Treasure: Oklahoma's Aquifers

Grades 3-6: SS, Sci, Math

Students will read about the hydrologic cycle, groundwater and aquifers, locate aquifers in Oklahoma and build models to show the permeability of different earth materials.

By the Pound

Grades 1,2,4: Math

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

Measure-Mania

Case of the Missing Pumpkin

Grades 3, 5-6: Sci

Student observe decomposition of a pumpkin.

Pumpkin Lessons and Resources

The Chemistry of Butter

Grades 5-7: Sci, ELA

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

Cherokee Farming

Grades 3-4: ELA, SS, Sci

Students will read about farming among the Cherokees and compare farming before and after the removal. Students will make a timeline of the foods adopted by the Cherokee. Students will research to learn more about the Cherokee. Students will conduct experiments with heirloom seeds.

Chewed Paper and Sticky Stuff

Grades 2-5: Sci, VA, ELA

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

Choctaw Farming

Grades 3-4: SS, Sci

Students will read about farming among the Choctaw. Students will examine contributions of different cultures to Choctaw agriculture. Students will work together to develop imaginary bean hybrids.

Clothesline Sleuth

Grades 3-5: ELA

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

Textile Lessons and Resources

Clucking Chickens

Grades K-4: VA, Sci, Music, PE

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

Poultry Lessons and Resources

Come into My Parlor

Grades 3-5: ELA, Math

Students read and answer comprehension questions about milking parlors. Students research to learn about milk delivery. Students interpret a map scale to measure the space in a milking parlor.

Cool Cucurbits

Grades PreK-5: ELA, Math, Sci, SS, 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: VA, SS, ELA, Math

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

Corn Field Math and Science

Grades 5-8: Math, Sci

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

Corn Then and Now

Grades 4-6: SS, ELA

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

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.

Cotton Lessons and Resources

Counting Sheep

Grades K-3: Math, ELA, SS

Students learn about the origins of counting sheep, using counting words, design their own counting systems, use popcorn to represent sheep in various math equations, learn about a sheep's vision in relation to angles and degrees of a circle, and use popcorn to make a handprint lamb.

Sheep and Wool Lessons and Resources

Creepy, Crawly Critters

Grades K-3: ELA, Math, Sci

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

The Cutest Camelid

Grades K-3: ELA, Sci

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.

Sheep and Wool Lessons and Resources

Dark Days on the Prairie

Grades 3-4: ELA, SS, Sci

Students write descriptive paragraphs based on pictures from the Dust Bowl, label a map showing the Oklahoma counties and surrounding states affected by the Dust Bowl, and research climatic conditions of the area.

Don't Fence Me in

Grades 3-5: SS, ELA, Math, PE

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

Exploring Honey: Viscosity and Crystallization

Grades 5-7: Science

Students will conduct experiments to explore the viscosity and crystallization of honey.

Bees and Honey Lessons and Resources

Extending the Knowledge

Grades 3-5: ELA, SS, Math

Students read about the history of land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension Service, work in groups to find the main idea and supporting details and answer comprehension questions. As a class students make a timeline of the events leading up to the land-grant and Extension system of today. Students research to find information about specific land-grant universities and locatethem on a map of the US.

The Fable of Franny and Her Fabulous Fainting Goat

Grades 1-3: ELA, Math

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

The Fair Starts with Agriculture

Grades 3-5: Sci, SS, VA, ELA

Students will read about the history of county and state fairs in the US, Indian Territory and the State of Oklahoma. Students will answer comprehension questions about the reading. Students will develop time lines of the history of fairs. Students will develop fair entries for judging.

Fantastic Flower

Grades 1-3: ELA, VA, Sci

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

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Farm Dogs

Grades 3-5: ELA, Math, Sci

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

The Farmer Cares for the Land

Grades 3-5: ELA, Sci, SS

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

A Field of Beans

Grades 1-3: ELA, Math, Sci, SS, PE

All about legumes.

Fish in a Bottle

Grades K-3: ELA, Sci

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

Fresh from the Farm

Grades 1-3: SS, ELA, Math, PE

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

From Bolls to Bolts

Grades 3-5: ELA

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

From Shelter to Playing Fields: Oklahoma Sod

Grade 3: SS, Math, Sci

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.

Oklahoma Studies Lessons and Resources

Funky Fungus

Grades 3-5: Sci

Students observe the growth of fungus on slices of bread.

Garden Grid

Grades 3-5: ELA, VA, Sci, Math, PE

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

A Garden in a Mailbox

Grades 3-5: ELA, SS, VA

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

George Washington on the Farm

Grades 3-5: SS, Sci, ELA

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

Geothermal Energy

Grades 4, 6-12; Sci

Students will construct a steam turbine and and simulate conditions of geothermal energy.

Energy Lessons and Resources

Germination Observations

Grades K-3: Sci, ELA, Math

The students germinate seeds under a variety of conditions.

Get the Point

Grades 3-5: Math, SS, ELA

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

Good Breeding

Grades 2-4: ELA, Sci

Students learn about common Oklahoma cattle breeds.

Beef Lessons and Resources

Good Grapes

Grades PreK-3: ELA, Sci, 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, and present a play based on the story.

Grady the Cow Lessons

Great Expectations

Grade 3: Sci

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

Beef Lessons and Resources

Grow a Living Pantry: Growing Food without Soil

Grades 5-8: ELA, Sci

Students will read about various ways to grow plants without soil, design and conduct experiments and explore root words and affixes related to the different growing methods.

Harvest the Wind

Grades 3-5: Sci

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

Head, Heart, Hands, Health

Grades 3-4: SS

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

Henrietta Vann and Wilson N. Jones

Grades 3 and 9: SS, ELA

Students will read about two of Oklahoma's Red Dirt Groundbreakers who farmed in Indian Territory before statehood.

Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreaker Lessons

History of Irrigation on the Great Plains

Grades 3-4: SS

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

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

Hit the Trail

Grades 3-4: ELA, SS

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

Oklahoma Studies Lessons and Resources

Horse Cents

Grades 3-5: Math, ELA

Students explore the mathematics of owning a horse.

Horse Lessons and Resources

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.

Horse Lessons and Resources

How Germs Spread

Grades 5-7: Sci, Math, ELA

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

How the Brahman Bull Got Its Hump

Grades 3-5: ELA, Sci

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

Beef Lessons and Resources

How to Pick the Best

Grades K-3: LA, Sci, Math, SS

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

The Humble Beginnings of the Hamburger

Grades 3-5: ELA

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

Beef Lessons and Resources

A Hundred Bales of Hay

Grades 1-3: Math

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

Hay and Silage Lessons and Resources

Hydropower

Grades 3-4, Sci

Students will read and discuss hydroelectric power and create waterwheels

Energy Lessons and Resources

If Not for the Pollinators: Matching Flowers with Pollinators

Grades 4-7: Sci

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

Bees and Honey Lessons and Resources

An International Menu

Grades 3-5: ELA, SS

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

Jesse Chisholm and the Chisholm Trail

Grades 3 and 9: SS, ELA

Students will read about the Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreakers who started the famous Chisholm Trail

Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreaker Lessons

John Kroutil: The Yukon Mills

Grades 3 and 9: SS, ELA

Students will read about the Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreakers who served as President of Yukon Mill and Grain Company

Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreaker Lessons

John Simpson: A Radical Voice for Farmers

Grades 3 and 9: SS, ELA

Students will read about the Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreakers who started the Farmers Union Insurance company.

Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreaker Lessons

A Journey through the Digestive System

Grades 3-5: Math, ELA, Sci, Health, PE

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

Juan Cruz Lujan and the Pastores

Grades 3 and 9: SS, ELA

Students will read about the Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreakers who was a sheep herder.

Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreaker Lessons

Just Lookin' for a Home

Grades 3-6: ELA, SS, Music. VA

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

Just Peachy

Grades 3-7: SS, ELA, Math, Sci

Students trace the migration of peaches from China to Oklahoma and learn about the history of peach production in Oklahoma.

Let It Rain

Grades 3-5: Sci

Demonstrations showing students the effects of water erosion on soil.

Soil Lessons and Resources

Little Red Hen

Grades PreK-3: SS, 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.)

Wheat Lessons and Resources

Look Out, Below!

Grade 5: Sci

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

Soil Lessons and Resources

A Lovely Captive

Grades 1-3: ELA, Sci, VA

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

Lucille Mulhall: The First Cowgirl

Grade 3: SS, ELA

Students will read about a famous Oklahoma Cowgirl while stregthening their reading comprehension and vocabulary skills.

Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreaker Lessons

A Lucky Break

Grades 4-6: ELA

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

Make Mine Turkey

Grades 2-5: ELA, SS, Math

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

Making Paper

Grades 4-6: VA, Math, Sci, ELA

Students make paper from recycled paper.

Melon Madness

Grades 3-5: ELA, SS

All about all kind of Oklahoma melons, with activities.

Melon Lessons and Resources

Melon Math

Grades PreK-4: Math, PE

Students estimate, measure and collect data using melons.

Melon Lessons and Resources

Mighty Earth Movers

Grades PreK-3: Math, Sci, ELA

Students build a habitat for worms and record observations.

Soil Lessons and Resources

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, Sci, Math

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

Mr. Goldman's Good Idea

Grades 3-4: ELA, SS, Sci, Math

Students will read about Sylvan Goldman, the inventor of the shopping cart, create their own inventions, and solve math problems related to grocery shopping.

Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreaker Lessons

Mud in the Water

Grades 5, 6, 8: Sci

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

Mushrooms, A Fungus among Us

Grades 3-5: ELA

Students read background information about mushrooms and learn important vocabulary words related to mushrooms and fungus.

Mushroom Lessons and Resources

Mushrooms, A Poem

Grades 3-5: ELA

Students read a poem describing the growth of mushrooms and guess what it is about. Students answer comprehension questions about the poem and compare with an information text.

Mushroom Lessons and Resources

Next Year's Seeds

Grades 1-5: ELA, SS, 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, Sci, SS, VA, Music

Many activities with tomatoes, potatoes and other nightshades

No Foot, No Horse

Grades 2-4: ELA

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

Oh, Christmas Tree!

Grades 3-4: SS, ELA, Math, Sci, VA

Students will read about Christmas tree farming and early Christmas tree customs. Students will develop timelines based on the reading about the history of Christmas trees. Students will write narratives about their own family holiday customs. Students will complete array and/or pre-algebra problems based on Christmas tree farming. Students will construct a Christmas tree and label its parts. Students will locate Oklahoma Christmas tree farms on a map of Oklahoma.

Oilmen Who Loved the Land: Samuel Lloyd Noble and Roy J Turner

Grades 3 and 9: SS, ELA

Students will discover how these two Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreakers who loved oil impacted Oklahoma agriculture.

Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreaker Lessons

Oklahoma Ag Production Statistics

Grades 3-4: SS

Students will graph information provided from Oklahoma agricultural production statistics, 1907 to statistics from the most recent census data. Students will answer questions from the census data.

Oklahoma Studies Lessons and Resources

Oklahoma Forests

Grades 2-3: Sci, SS, VA

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 Studies Lessons and Resources

Oklahoma Grown

Grade 3: SS

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

Oklahoma Studies Lessons and Resources

Oklahoma Soils

Grades 3-8: Sci, SS

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.

Soil Lessons and Resources

Oklahoma Stone Soup

Grades K-4: Math, ELA, SS

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, Sci, ELA, SS

All about strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries

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

Grades 3-4: Math, SS

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.

Reading page about Robert S Kerr and River Navigation

Oklahoma's Roots and Leafy Greens

Grades K-4: ELA, Math, Sci, SS, VA

All about root vegetables and leafy greens.

Pairing up with Pears

Grades 1-3: ELA, SS, Math, VA

Students will read about pears and write creative narratives about the life of a pear. Students will read a folk tale about pears and answer comprehension questions.

Pancakes, Please

Grades 3-5: Sci, Math, ELA

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

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The Peanut Wizard

Grade 4: SS, ELA

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

Peanut Lessons and Resources

Piece by Piece

Grades 3-5: ELA, Math, SS, VA

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

Textiile Lessons and Resources

Pizza for Everyone

Grades 2-4: Math

Students brainstorm, web, gather data and graph information about pizza preferences.

Plant or Fungus? What is the Difference?

Grades 3-5: Sci

Students will discuss the difference between mushrooms and plants while comparing the structure of mushrooms and flowers.

Mushroom Lessons and Resources

Pop, Pop, Popcorn

Grades 3-5: ELA, Math, Sci, VA

Math activities with popcorn, Main idea reading exercise

Potawatomi Farming

Grades 3-4: SS, Sci, ELA

Students will read about farming among the Potawatomi. Students will compare two stories about maple syrup. Students will evaporate sugar water to demonstrate how the sap from a maple tree can become sugar.

Native Farming Lessons and Resources

Powerful Potato

Grades 3-5: ELA, Math, SS, Sci, VA

The student will observe the growth process of a potato.

A Priceless Collection

Grades 5-7: Sci, ELA, SS

The student will read a dramatic story about the Russian plant breeder Nikolai I. Vavilov, who faced starvation during World War II to protect a preserve a valuable collection of seed potatoes.

Problem Solvers: Fred Hoeme and Joseph Danne

Grades 3 and 9: SS, ELA

Students will discover how these two Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreakers impacted wheat production in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreaker Lessons

Pumpkin Seed Art

Grades 1-3: VA

Students will use pumpkin seeds to create art.

Pumpkin Lessons and Resources

Pumpkins by the Pound

Grades 1-3: Math

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

Pumpkin Lessons and Resources

Pumpkins, Squash, and Other Cucurbits

Grades 3-5: ELA, SS, Sci, Math

Students will learn about the group of vegetables known as cucurbits and use cucurbits in a variety of creative activities—writing plays using cucurbits, playing a hiding game with math and reading activities, writing haiku and interpreting cucurbit-related poetry. Students will use cucurbits in mapping activities. Students will use cucurbits in math activities—as nonstandard units of measure, practice with fractions, estimation, graphing, probabilities. Students conduct scientific experiments with squash. Students will use squash as the subject for still life works of art.

Punkin' Chunkin'

Grades 3-5: Science, STEM

Students will design and build prototypes of pumpkin catapults to launch mini pumpkins while exploring the phenomenon of force and energy. Students will measure and record the results of launching the pumpkins to discover the effect of force on the motion of the pumpkin and to predict future motion of the pumpkin. Students will design, test, and revise the catapults based on the measurements while discovering ways to convert energy from one form into another and learning that gravitational force is directed down.

A Rafter of Turkeys

Grades 3-5: ELA, Math, Sci, SS, VA

Students compare supermarket turkey with wild and heritage breeds.

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Read Before You Eat

Grades 4-5: Health, ELA, Math

Students learn to read nutrition labels on packaged foods.

The Real Reader: A Cowboy's Life

Grades 3-4: ELA

Students will read an account of cowboy life on the cattle trails and ask questions to determine which of three volunteer readers has the correct passage.

Oklahoma Studies Lessons and Resources

Red Dirt Groundbreakers

Grade 3: ELA, SS and Math; High School ELA and Oklahoma History

Groundbreakers in the history of agriculture in Oklahoma.

'Round and 'Round We Go: The Benefits of Crop Rotation

Grades 5-6: Sci, VA, ELA

Students will read about crop rotation methods used on commercial farms in the US. Students will play a game to demonstrate crop rotation. Students will plant a wheat field.

Run, Girl, Run - Laura Ella Crews

Grades 3 and 9: SS, ELA

Students will read about the Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreakers who was the last survivor of the Cherokee Strip Land Run

Oklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreaker Lessons

Sandwich Feast

Grades 2-5: ELA, Math

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

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Say Cheese

Grade 5: Sci

Students make cheese.

Seed Swapping

Grades 1-3: Sci, Math

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

Snowball Fight

Grades 3-5: ELA, Sci, SS

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

Soak It Up

Grades 3-5: Sci

Student do an experiment with different kinds of soil to observe how well each holds water and how organic matter increases
the amount of water soil will hold.

Sock Walk

Grades 1-4: Sci, ELA, VA

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

Solar Cells, Panels, and Arrays

Grades 3-4, Sci

Students will complete math equations relating to solar cells, panels, and arrays.

Energy Lessons and Resources

Solar Energy Reading Page

Grades 2-4, Sci

Students will read about solar energy.

Energy Lessons and Resources

Soybeans All Around Us

Grades 2-4: Sci, ELA, Math

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

Spores to Compost

Grades 3-5: Sci

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.

Mushroom Lessons and Resources

Stick Horse Rodeo

Grades PreK-5: ELA, VA, Math, PE

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

Street Cows

Grades 2-4: ELA, Sci

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

The Sunflower Story

Grades 3-5: ELA, Sci

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

Sunny Weather

Grades 3-6: Sci

Students will track sunny days and graph data.

Energy Lessons and Resources

Territorial Children

Grades PreK-5: SS, Math, Sci, PE

Students explore the geography of Indian Territory, learn about the lives of children during that time period, make butter, make a rag doll and play historical games played by pioneer children and America Indian children.

Thanksgiving: Celebrating the Harvest

Grades 4-5: SS, ELA

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

They Don't Just Eat Grass

Grades 5-8: Sci, Math, Health

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

Beef Lessons and Resources

This Little Pig

Grades PreK-3: ELA , Sci

Students read about swine and complete worksheets on the reading and vocabulary. Students will compare and contrast different versions of the story of the Three Little Pigs and write their own versions.

Thomas Jefferson's Useful Plants

Grade 5: ELA, SS, Sci

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.

Thomas Jefferson Lessons and Resources

Three Sisters

Grades 3-4: Sci

Students will read about the Three Sisters method of planting used by some American tribes and conduct an experiment the bean, pumpkin and corn seeds.

Oklahoma Studies Lessons and Resources

Time Line of the Land

Grades 3-5: SS

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

A Timeline of Agriculture in Oklahoma History

Grades 3-4: SS

Students will use maps to trace historical migrations of different people coming to Oklahoma and leaving Oklahoma. Students will discuss economic cycles of prosperity and hard times for Oklahoma agriculture. Students will examine the impact of government on Oklahoma agriculture. Students will identify cause and effect in events in the history of Oklahoma agriculture.

Oklahoma Studies Lessons and Resources

Tortillas in a Bag

Grades 5-8: Sci

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

Truth or Hogwash?

Grades 2-5: ELA

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

Pork Lessons and Resources

Weather Matters

Grades 3-4: ELA, SS, Sci, VA

Students will read about the effects of weather on agricultural production and explore the Oklahoma Mesonet site to find and graph local rainfall data. Students will examine weather-related works of art.

Weeds on the Windowsill

Grades 5-6: ELA, Sci

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

Wet and Wooly

Grades 2-4: ELA, Sci

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

What Color are Mushroom Spores?

Grades 3-5: Sci

Students conduct and experiment with a variety of mushrooms to discover the color their spores produce.

Mushroom Lessons and Resources

What's at Your Tailgate?

Grades 3-5: ELA, Math, SS

Students read about the history of tailgating and identify the agricultural sources of some typical foods and objects associated with tailgating. Students research and write about products used in tailgating and about festivals around the state. Student write creative stories about tailgate parties. Students use their math skills to plan a class tailgate party.

What's in Your Picnic Basket?

Grades 3-5: ELA, SS, Math

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

What's Organic?

Grades 3-5: ELA, Sci

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

What's Your Brand?

Grades 1-3: ELA, VA

Student learn the history and purpose of branding cattle.

The Wheat Plant

Grades 2-4: ELA, Sci

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

Wheat: From Field to Oven

Grades 2-4: ELA

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

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

Grades 4-8 VA, ELA

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

Working Watermelon

Grades 2-4: ELA, Math, PE

Students will estimate, measure and collect data using watermelons. Students will read about watermelons.

Melon Lessons and Resources

Yam and Eggs

Grades K-3: SS, Math, Sci

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.