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Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom

March, 2016

March Featured Teacher: Shelia Amos, Pocola

Read Aloud Book of the Month: Lobel, Arnold, Frog and Toad All Year, HarperCollins, 1984.

When I think of spring I think of the story, "Corner," from this book, in which Frog tells Toad how he went out looking for spring after his father told him it was "just around the corner." What he finds are all the things leading up to spring, rain and mud and a lizard awake from hibernation, until finally he turns a corner to his house and sees birds and flowers and his parents working in the garden. "You found it," says Toad. -Pat

Oklahoma Fruit of the Month: Grapes

People have been eating grapes since prehistoric times. Raisins were probably first produced deliberately in Asia Minor by the process of burying fresh grapes in the hot desert sand.

Oklahoma Vegetable of the Month: Gather the Greens

Greens are the first vegetables to come up in the springtime. If well-protected, some will stay alive through the winter. I have a patch of arugula that has been coming back every year for many years - popping up in different places all over my backyard. This year it stayed healthy all through our mild winter and has provided me with fresh greens for salad, soups and stir frys.

Now is the time to start seedlings indoors to transplant into your outdoor classroom later in the spring.

March is National Peanut Month

The Five Civilized Tribes brought peanuts to the Indian Territory, planting them in small gardens. After the general settlement of Oklahoma Territory, residents also planted parcels of the nuts, often selling or trading them to neighbors.

Spring is just around the corner!

Take your students for a walk to observe the signs that tell us spring is on the way.

Vernal Equinox

March 19 is the Vernal, or Spring, Equinox, the beginning of astronomical spring. The equinoxes are the two days each year when the middle of the Sun is an equal amount of time above and below the horizon for every location on Earth. In other words the sun would be directly over the Equator.

In Clover

Shamrock is the English form of the Irish word seamrog which, literally translated, means "little clover." Clover is one of the major crops grown in Oklahoma as hay. It is extremely delicious and fattening to cattle. This fact is where we get the idiomatic phrase "in clover," meaning a carefree life of ease, comfort, or prosperity.

March is Women's History Month

When federal funding was appropriated in 1914 for Oklahoma A&M College (now Oklahoma State University), President Henry G. Bennett organized the college's program to train women home demonstration agents. After their training they traveled by train, horse and buggy or automobile to rural Oklahoma to promote home economy. They informed women on gardening practices, poultry raising, preserving meats, fruits and vegetables, preparing nutritious meals, sewing clothing and household sanitation...

from "Home Demonstration Clubs," Oklahoma Historical Society's Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture.

March comes in like A lion...

This phrase has its origins with the constellations Leo, the Lion, and Aries, the ram or lamb. It has to do with the relative positions of these constellations in the sky at the beginning and end of the month. For those of us who live through Oklahoma's volatile spring weather, it is an apt description of this month.

...and goes out like a lamb

March 2 is the birthday of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day

The Lorax Project

See our list of Ag-Related Books for Children and Young Adults

National Weights and Measures Week

National Weights and Measures Week commemorates the anniversary of the date when President John Adams signed the first weights and measures law in the US on March 2, 1799. This week was set aside to make the public aware of this important service.

March 14 is Pi Day

The Greek letter pi, is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi = 3.1415926535... Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th.

March is National Nutrition Month

Green is good for you! Have a green lunch for St. Patrick's Day -
green grapes
spinach salad
split pea soup
green-colored milk
saltine crackers painted with green food coloring

OAITC Nutrition Lessons

Nutritious Recipes for the Classroom

March 30 is the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh. Happy Birthday, Vincent!

Sower With the Setting Sun, Vincent Van Gogh, 1888

The image of a farmer with the arm extended and throwing seeds on the furrows of the field was one of Van Gogh's favorite representations of farmers. In 1888, while the artist was staying at Arles, he painted various scenes of the Sower, most of them inspired by Jean-Francois Millet, who years earlier painted many scenes of farmers and sowers. But soon Van Gogh would show a personal interpretation of these traditional scenes, introducing the impressionist style to the countryside, with short strokes and the application of vibrant colors. In the painting above, the sower is the main object in the painting. The big, dark tree located next to the sower divides the painting diagonally. In the back a big round sun finishes the trilogy of big figures.

Create a Van Gogh Vase (from

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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.