Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom


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  • 1 c cornmeal
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 1/2 c whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 c milk
  • 1/4 c oil
  • gallon size plastic bag
  • 9- X 9-inch pan

Cornbread in a Bag

  1. Combine the first six ingredients in the plastic bag.
  2. Close the bag
  3. Mix well by working bag with fingers until the ingredients are completely blended.
  4. Add the final three ingredients.
  5. Mix well by working the bag with fingers.
  6. Open the bag and pour the mixture into a 9- X 9-inch pan.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
  • frozen strawberries or strawberry preserves
  • cornbread mix or cornbread batter (above)
  • cream cheese

Strawberry Bread

The American Indians were already eating strawberries when the colonists arrived. The crushed berries were mixed with cornmeal and baked into strawberry bread. After trying this bread, colonists developed their own version of the recipe, and the strawberry shortcake was created.

  1. Crush frozen strawberries or strawberry preserves into cornbread mix or the batter above.
  2. ?Follow directions on the cornbread mix package or in the recipe above to cook the cornbread.
  3. Serve with strawberry cream cheese with a few fresh strawberries on the side.
  • 1 c cornmeal
  • 1/2 c whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 c olive oil

Corn Chips

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Whisk the cornmeal, flour and salt together in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk the egg, buttermilk and oil together in a small bowl, then stir into the dry ingredients to form a moist dough.
  4. Cut a sheet of parchment paper and a sheet of waxed paper large enough to cover a standard baking sheet.
  5. Turn the dough out onto the sheet of parchment paper and form it into a rough rectangle with your hands. Cover with the sheet of waxed paper and roll into a paper-thin sheet of dough with a rolling pin. If any dough starts to squeeze out from under the waxed paper, gather up the excess, place it back on an exposed corner of the parchment paper, and re-roll until you've maximized the space.
  6. Peel the waxed paper off the dough and transfer the parchment paper to the baking sheet. Score the dough with a pizza or pastry cutter, marking a grid of 1/2-inch by 1 1/2 inch strips. You don't have to separate each little cracker. They will break apart easily when they are fully baked.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Transfer the parchment paper to a cooking rack and break the crackers apart as soon as they are cool enough to touch. Cool completely before serving.
  8. Serve with your favorite dip.


  1. While cornbread is baking, discuss the fact that cornmeal was something early settlers may have carried with them on their journey to the west.
  2. Discuss what kinds of landforms and climates settlers may have come across on their journey (mountain, plateau, desert, etc.)
  3. Use cornmeal to create a desert scene on construction paper.
  4.  Students will smear a thin coat of glue, then sprinkle cornmeal on the glue.
  5. Allow to dry.. 
  6. Students will make rocks and cactus from construction paper or other medium (grass, leaves, pebbles, etc.)
P.A.S.S. Social Studies—Grade 2: 2.4;  Grade 3: 4.2; Grade 4: 3.1,2

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Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom

Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is a program of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Oklahoma State Department of Education.