Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom

Vegetable Creatures

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  • 3 whole wheat bagels
  • 1/4 cup whipped cream cheese
  • fresh vegetables for decorating faces:
    • asparagus spears
    • shredded carrots
    • sliced red bell pepper
    • raisins, broccoli florets
    • drained canned beans (black garbanzo, pinto, kidney)
    • cherry or grape tomatoes
    • summer squash rounds
    • olives

Bagel Smiles

  1. Split bagels in half
  2. Spread cream cheese over each bagel half
  3. Use your imagination to create faces using fresh vegetables.


How many words can you make from the letters “b-a-g-e-l –s-m-i-l-e-s?”  You will have three minutes to write as many words as possible.  (Examples: bag, beg, big, leg, sell, etc.)


P.A.S.S. Reading —Grade 2: 1.1. Grade 3:1.1 (phonics)

  • carrots
  • cheese spread
  • peanuts


The Blob

    1. Trim and scrape carrots
    2. Lay carrot on cutting board, and cut it in half, once crosswise and once lengthwise.
    3. Dip the carrot pieces into the cheese spread.
    4. Push peanuts into the cheese spread so they look like eyes.


Write a paragraph about your “blob.”  Does it have a name?  Where does it live? How did it get its name? How was it created? What does it do? Does it get into trouble? (You've just written about a character, a setting and a plot.)

P.A.S.S. Reading—Grade 2:6.2. Grade 3: 5.2a. Grade 4: 4.2. Writing—Grade 2: 2.1,2. Grade 3: 2.1,2. Grade 4: 2.2

  • 4-in sections celery (washed and dried)
  • peanut butter
  • raisins

Bugs on a Log

  1. Fill celery sticks with peanut butter.
  2. Press raisins here and there to represent bugs.


Count the number of "bugs" on your log.  Now estimate how many "bugs" are in your classroom.  (Multiply your number by the number of students in your classroom.) Students will each report how many "bugs" they put on their logs.  Add the total.  Students will report how close was your estimates came to the correct number?  

P.A.S.S. Math Content—Grade 3: 3.2c; 5.1ab. Grade 4: 3.1,3; 5.1. Grade 5: 3.1; 5.1

  • celery, cream cheese or peanut butter
  • small pretzels
  • licorice

Celery and Pretzel Butterflies

  1. Cut a small slice of celery to form the body of the butterfly.
  2. Spread cream cheese or peanut butter inside the stalk of celery.
  3. Add four small pretzels for the butterfly wings.
  4. Add two licorice pieces for the antennas.


Use 1 long stalk of celery. Measure, using a ruler. Write down the total length on an index card.  Arrange your card with other students’ cards from shortest to longest length. Arrange the celery stalks from shortest to longest.  Students use plastic knives to measure and cut 2-inch segments of celery. 

P.A.S.S. Science Process—Grades 2-5: 1,2

  • one bell pepper
  • cheese spread
  • sliced olives

One-Eyed Monster

  1. Cut the bell pepper in half, and remove the seeds and membrane.
  2. Cut each half into four wedges.
  3. Spread cheese spread on the wedge, and place an olive slice in the center.


Read the book Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak.  Discuss ways your one-eyed monster could have fit into this story. Is this story fiction or non-fiction? What elements tell you it is fiction?     

P.A.S.S. Reading—Grade 2: 5.1; 6.2. Grade 3: 4.1d; 5.1. Grade 4: 3.1; 4.2                     

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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.