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February, 2017

February Featured Teacher: Julie Johnson, Meeker

February 7 is the birthday of John Deere.

He created a plow from a broken piece of polished steel that made it possible for farmers to work sticky prairie soils. From his customers he learned that the cast-iron plows they brought with them from the East were unable to cope with the thicker, tackier soils of the Midwest. While plowing, farmers had to stop every few feet to scrape off the damp earth that clung to the plowshare (the cutting blade).

Related Lesson: Agriculture in Motion

National Snack Food Month

Look for healthy snack ideas in "Food and Fun," and try this lessons:

The Snack Sack

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. (1st-6th grade math and health)

Writing Prompt: Write detailed instructions for making your favorite snack.

Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom

February Calendar

Full 2016-17 Calendar - We still have print copies of the 2016-17 calendar available for use in your classroom. If you would like a print copy, contact Audrey Harmon.

 

Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.

National Canned Foods Month

Eating healthy is a matter of choice for most of us today, but it wasn't so simple for early American colonists. We know that a healthy diet includes eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and that we can usually get some variety of these at the grocery store. But early Americans could only get fresh fruits and vegetables during the growing season. For the rest of the year they had to rely on food preservation techniques.

Explore food preservation techniques with Food for Keeps (6th-8th grade science, language arts, math, social studies).

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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.