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Lessons by Grade Level: Grades 9-12

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

Agricultural Algebra: Average Daily Gain

Grades: High School, Algebra

Students will apply algebraic concepts to solve real-world agricultural algebraic problems.

Agricultural Algebra: Farmland

Grades: High School, Algebra

Students will apply algebraic concepts to solve real-world agricultural algebraic problems. Students will apply math concepts they’ve learned in class to calculate the area of various farm plots and the yields of crops from those land areas.

Agricultural Algebra: Pivot Irrigation- Circles in the Field

Grades: High School, Algebra

Students will calculate the circumference of field irrigation pivots. They will also calculate irrigation rates for multiple pivot scenarios.

Agricultural Algebra: Welcome to the Farm

Grades: High School, Algebra

Students will apply algebraic concepts to solve real-world agricultural algebraic problems.

Agriculture in Poetry

Grades 6-12, ELA

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

All Black Towns: Edward P. McCabe and Annie Peters

Grade 3: 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

At the Sale Barn

Grades 9-12: Math

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

Beef 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

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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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 9-12: Sci

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

Crickets on the Hearth

Grades 8-12: Life Science, Pre Algebra

Students design and conduct investigations with crickets.

Geothermal Energy

Grades 4, 6-12; Sci

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

Energy Lessons and Resources

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

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.

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 to Sneak Up on a Sheep

Grades: High School Geometry (Circles)

Students learn about a sheep's vision in relation to angles and degrees of a circle.

Sheep and Wool Lessons and Resources

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

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

Let's Get Together: Grafting Fruit and Pecan Trees

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

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

Making the Most of Milk: Understanding Lactose Intolerance

Grades 8-12: Sci

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

Making Sense of Sensors: Sensors and Satellites in Ag Technology

Grades 6-12: 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.

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

Norman Borlaug - Hunger Fighter

Grades 9-12: ELA, SS

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

Wheat Lessons and Resources

Norman Borlaug - Hunger Fighter

Grades 9-12: 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

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'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.

Pickled Hay: How to Make Silage

Grades High School: Biology I

Students will learn about silage used for feeding livestock and make their own silage from fresh cut grass.

Playing in the Dirt: Discovering Soil

Grades 9-12: 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

Plows on the Hunting Grounds: The Indian Allotment Act of 1887

Grades 9-12: ELA, SS

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.

Oklahoma Studies Lessons and Resources

Pollinator Habitats

Grades 6-12: ELA , Sci

Students research, interview experts and design pollinator habitats.

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

Red Dirt Groundbreakers

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

Groundbreakers in the history of agriculture in Oklahoma.

Run, Girl, Run - Laura Ella Crews

Graded 3 and 9: 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

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

High School: SS, ELA

Students will read about farming practices among the people who populated the area around Spiro Mounds. Students will research to learn more about Spiro culture and other prehistoric farming cultures in Oklahoma. Students will identify the region in the US occupied by Mississippian culture. Students will trace the trade route along rivers and tributaries that joined Spiro with Mississippian ceremonial centers back east. Students will design experiments to demonstrate how agriculture might have started.

Oklahoma Studies Lessons and Resources

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

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

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.