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Lessons by Grade Level: Grades 6-8

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

Grades 6-8: ELA

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

Agriculture in Motion

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

Agriculture in Poetry

Grades 6-12, ELA

Students will read a discuss a variety of poems with agricultural themes and write their own poems based on food and agriculture.

Are You Thirsty? The Effects of Pollution on Drinking Water

Grades 6-8: Sci, Math, SS

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

At the Sale Barn

Grades 6-8: Math

Through classroom experiences, students will read about cattle auctions and solve math word problems related to buying cattle.

Beef Lessons and Resources

At Your Fingertips

Grades 6-7: SS

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

Beef is Good for You

Grades 6-7: Math, Health, ELA

Students calculate the content of nutrients in beef from percentages andchart nutritional information about beef.

Beef Lessons and Resources

Biomass: The Energy of the Future

Grades 6-7: ELA, SS

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.

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

Bovine Oversteps Boundaries: Newspaper Headlines, Captions and Stories

Grades 6-8: ELA

Students will read the true story of Grady, the Silo Cow from Yukon, and write headlines for the story.

Grady the Cow Lessons

Bubbles in the Cabbage Juice

Grades 6-8: Sci

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

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.

Busting the Prairie: Planning a Homestead Community

Grades 8-12: SS, ELA

Students learn about the Homestead Act of 1862 and the importance of agriculture in the settling of the West by planning and designing homestead communities and designing handbills inviting others to join them.

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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.

Circles in the Landscape: Irrigating Oklahoma Crops

Grades 6-12: Math, Sci, SS

Students examine transpiration, evapotranspiration and water balance, learn the reasons for irrigation, analyze Oklahoma weather information and use geometry and other math skills to design an irrigation system.

Coats and Genes: Genetic Traits in Cattle

Grades 6-8: Sci

The student will read about heredity and explore genetic traits in cattle.

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 Pickin': Before and After the Civil War

Grades 6-8: SS, ELA

Students examine the importance of cotton to the economy of the South before and after the Civil War.

Cotton Lessons and Resources

Crickets on the Hearth

Grades 8-12: Life Science, Pre Algebra

Students design and conduct investigations with crickets.

Dear George: George Washington and the First Census of Agriculture

Grades 6-8: ELA, SS, Math

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.

DNA Blueprint for Life

Grades 6-8: Sci

Students conduct an experiment with fruit to isolate DNA and research online to learn more about the reasons for isolating DNA.

The Eastern Redcedar

Grades 6-8: ELA, SS, Sci

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.

Eat Your Flowers: Testing the Effects of Soil Types on Edible Flowers

Grades 6-8: Sci

Students grow flowers in different soil types to determine the effect on flavor.

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

Fit with Fiber: Graphing Cereal

Grade 7: Math, Health

Students gather and graph information about favorite breakfast cereals.

Food for Keeps

Grades 6-8: Sci, ELA, Math

Student explore food preservation methods from early American history through today. Includes beef jerky recipe.

Fruit or Vegetable?

Grades 6-8: ELA, SS, Health

Students explore the difference between fruits and vegetables from different perspectives and develop their own definitions. Students discuss and research the role of government in assignment of food categories and import/export of produce.

Got Gluten?

Grades 7-8: Sci

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.

Wheat Lessons and Resources

Great Balls of Fire

Grades 6-8: Sci

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

Textile 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.

A Growing Market

Grades 6-7: Sci

The student will research and grow a plant and present findings orally.  They will determine space and resources needed for the plant to survive, as well as how the plant will pollinate.

The History of Ethanol in America

Grades 6-7: SS, ELA

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

Hoboes on Harvest

Grades 6-12: SS, ELA

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

Hot off the Grill

Grade 6: Sci

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

How Far Does It Travel? Exploring the Geography of Food

Grades 6-12: SS, Math

Students compare the distances food travels from farm to table.

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.

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

In Strawberry Fields

Grades 6-8: Math, Sci

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

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.

A Lending Hand

Grades 6-7: ELA, Math

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.

Let's Get Together: Grafting Fruit and Pecan Trees

Grade 7: ELA, Sci; Grades 9-12: ELA, Biology I

Students will read about the practice of grafting trees and plants and learn how it benefits production. Students will conduct a grafting experiment with tomato plants.

Look! Up in the Sky! Agricultural Aviation

Grades 6-8: SS, Math, Sci, ELA

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 Lucky Break

Grades 4-6: ELA

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

Making the Most of Milk: Understanding Lactose Intolerance

Grades 8-12: Sci

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

Making Paper

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

Students make paper from recycled paper.

Making Sense of Sensors: Sensors and Satellites in Ag Technology

Grades 6-12: Sci, SS

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.

Manure Occurs: Managing Nutrients in Livestock Manure

Grades 6-8: Earth Science and Math

Students use the scientific method to test for the presence of nutrients in garden soil, manure and a mixture of the two. Students will use a table to determine which of three farm animals produces the greatest amount of manure.

A Market for Goats

Grades 6-7: SS, VA

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.

Measuring Exponential Growth

Grades 6-8: Math

Students reinforce math skills while learning about best practices for protection of water quality in the management of animal feeding operations.

Melon Meiosis

Grades 6-12: Sci

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

Melon Lessons and Resources

Melons in Prose and Poetry

Grades 6-10: ELA

Students compare and contrast a passage about watermelons written by Mark Twain and a poem about melons by Sylvia Plath.

Melon Lessons and Resources

Mud in the Water

Grades 5, 6, 8: Sci

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

Norman Borlaug - Hunger Fighter

Grades 6-8: ELA, SS

Through classroom experiences, students will learn about the research of Nobel Prize-winning plant breeder Norman Borlaug, do research and write and essay to enter in the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute about Norman Borlaug’s influence in beginning the Green Revolution and apply concepts to current local and world events.

Wheat Lessons and Resources

Norman Borlaug - Hunger Fighter

Grades 6-8: Math, Sci

Through classroom experiences, students will solve math word problems related to the reading. They will conduct an experiment to isolate DNA in wheat germ. They will also describe Norman Borlaug’s influence in beginning the Green Revolution and apply concepts to current local and world events.

Wheat 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's Hydroelectric Power Dams

Grades 9-12: Oklahoma History

Students will read about the hydroelectric power dams in Oklahoma and locate the rivers on which the dams are built.

Energy Lessons and Resources

Oklahoma's Other Oilfields

Grades 6-12: Sci

Students learn about oilseed crops - canola, soybeans, cottonseeds and sunflower seeds - and how oil is extracted from them.

Organic or Conventional: Fact, Opinion or Propaganda

Grades 6-8: ELA

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

Paper or Plastic? Exploring Rewewable Resources

Grades 6-8: Sci, ELA

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

Pizza Portions

Grades 6-7: Math, ELA

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.

Playing in the Dirt: Discovering Soil

Grades 7-8: Sci

Through classroom experiences, students will compare different types of soil found around their school and home to identify three basic soil components. Students will also develop an experiment to discover the effect of soil types on seed germination.

Soil Lessons and Resources

Pollinator Habitats

Grades 6-12: ELA , Sci

Students research, interview experts and design pollinator habitats.

Preparing for Drought

Grades 6-8: World History

Students will explore the effects of drought in a variety of global contexts.

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.

The Role of Fire

Grades 6-8: Math, Science

At the end of this lesson students will be able to identify the roles of fire in the environment. Students will describe the danger of wildfires. Students will create recommendations for prescribed burning.

Environment and Conservation Lessons and Resources

'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.

Save Our Soil: Exploring Agricultural Land Use

Grades 6-8: ELA, SS

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.

Apple as Earth animation (from American Farmland Trust)

The Shape of Things

Grades 6-8: Sci, Math

The student will perform an experiment, using eggs, to test the strength of the dome shape.

Poultry Lessons and Resources

Snack Sack

Grades 6-8: Math

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

Sorghum Feeds Oklahoma Cattle

Grades 6-7: ELA, SS

Students read and answer questions about sorghum as a feed crop and as a grain crop in other parts of othe world. Students conduct taste tests and follow directions to make sorghum molasses gingerbread.

Sunny Weather

Grades 3-6: Sci

Students will track sunny days and graph data.

Energy Lessons and Resources

Surveying: 19 Chains and 50 Links

Grades 6-8: Math, SS

Students use geometric skills to practice the art of surveying.

Symbiosis in Agriculture

Grade 6: Sci

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

Taming the Wild Aurochs

Grades 6-12: ELA, SS, Sci, World History

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

Beef Lessons and Resources

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

3-D Dairy: Graphing Dairy Production Statistics

Grades 6-8: Math

Students will graph Oklahoma dairy statistics

Timing is Everything: The Harvest Depends on the Weather

Grades 6-7: Math, Sci, SS

Students will play a game to determine how much wheat a section of land will yield based upon a series of setbacks caused by weather, insects, etc. Students will read about the impacts of weather on wheat production. Students will use online resources to find statistics about wheat production and annual precipitation in Oklahoma. Students will graph the information.

Tortillas in a Bag

Grades 5-8: Sci

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

A Tough Nut to Crack

Grades 6-8: ELA, SS, Math

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

US Agriculture and the World Market

Grades 6-7: SS

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

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.

What is Drought?

Grades 6-8: Sci

Students conduct an experiment to explore the effects of drought.

What is Gluten?

Grades 6-12: ELA

Students will conduct scientific experiments to compare the presence of gluten in different kinds of flour.

Wheat Lessons and Resources

Which Little Piggy? Ear Notching

Grades 7-8: Math

Students identify procedures used to ear notch pigs and then read the ear notches to determine the pigs litter number and individual number.

Will Your Car Run on Grass? How Biomass Becomes Alcohol

Grades 6-8: Sci

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

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.

World Trade

Grades 6-7: SS, ELA

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

Your Future in Agriculture

Grades 6-12: ELA

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