Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom


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  • wheat berries (wheat seeds, available from health food stores, if not from a local farmer)
  • colander
  • large jar or other clear container
  • cheesecloth
  • rubber band

Wheat Berry Sprouts

  1. Place wheat berries in a colander and rinse thoroughly.
  2. Place rinsed wheat berries in the jar or other container and cover with water.
  3. Soak overnight.
  4. Rinse the wheat berries again, and cover the opening of the container with a piece of cheesecloth.
  5. Secure with a rubber band.
  6. Lay the jar on its side in a dark place.
  7. Rinse and drain the berries each morning until they sprout and grow to about 1 inch in length.
  8. When the sprouts have grown to about one inch in length, place the jar in a sunny window for one day.
  9. Enjoy your sprouts on a sandwich, in a salad or on their own.
  • 1 cup fine cracked wheat (bulgur)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh mint leaves
  • 3 fresh tomatoes, chopped fine
  • 1 small cucumber, chopped fine
  • 1 small bell pepper, chopped fine
  • 2 green onions with tops, chopped fine
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped fine
  • 3 tablespoons olive or canola oil
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper

Tabouli Salad

  1. Combine the water with the bulgur and let the mixture soak while preparing the vegetables (about 20 minutes).
  2. After all is chopped, combine all ingredients with the water and bulgur mixture.
  3. Refrigerate at least four hours to allow the ingredients to chill and flavors to mix together.


  1. Print off the recipes for students, make it into a transparency to show on the screen for whole-group instruction, or use interactive white board.
  2. Students will circle each digraph in the recipe with a red crayon or pen (ex: ch, th, sh, ph, wh).
  3. Students will put a box around each of the blends, using a blue crayon or pen (ex: cr, cl, sk, st, sw, squ, pl, thr).

P.A.S.S. Reading—Grade 1: 3.1c; Grade 2: 2.1c; Grade 3: 1.1

Related OAITC lessons online: Wheat lessons, Germination Observations, A Bean is a Seed

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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