Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom

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* Lessons aligned with most recent state standards (work in progress)

Ag in My Classroom:

Items in the classroom made from Oklahoma agricultural products (2009 Ag Day Contest lessons).

Grades PreK-2

Grades 3-5

Grade 6

Grades 7-8

English Language Arts

Ag in My Community *

Explores Oklahoma agriculture locally, with a list of ag products grown in each county.

Smart Board Activity: Proper and Common Nouns (Need help opening this?)

Grades 3-4: ELA, SS, Sci

Ag in the Outfield

The student will learn about the many agricultural
products used in a baseball game.

Grades 2-4: ELA, Math, SS, VA

Ag in the Playing Fields

All the ways agriculture is used in sports, including the grass in the field.

Grades 3-8: ELA, Math, Sci, SS, VA

Ag Libs

Fill in the blanks ag-related story, using different parts of speech.

Grades 1-5: ELA, VA

Agriculture Counts

The student will explore commodities grown in Oklahoma and the products made from them.

Grades 3-6: ELA, SS, Math

Agriculture Feeds Oklahoma (Ag Day Contest Lessons)

Grades PreK-2

Students will read about agricultural commodities grown in Oklahoma and find where they grow on a commodity map. Students will list foods they like to eat and match them with the agricultural commodity source. Students will practice fractions by dividing a plate to indicate how much they should eat from each food group. Students will design a bulletin board.

Grades 3-5

Students will read and discuss information about the food they eat that grows in Oklahoma, locate where the food grows on a map, graph information related to the food, develop posters and/or create videos.

Grades 6-8

Students will read and discuss information about the food they eat that grows in Oklahoma, locate where the food grows on a map, graph information related to the food, write essays, develop story boards, and/or create videos.

Agriculture: From the Ground and All Around (2016 Contest Lessons)

Grades PreK-2

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-7

Grades 8-12

Agriculture in Motion (Ag Day Contest Lessons)

Students learn about the work involved in agriculture and the machines used to help.

Grades PreK-2 (ELA, SS, Math, Science, Visual Art)

Grades 3-5 (ELA, SS, Math, Science, Visual Art)

Grade 6 (ELA, SS, Visual Arts)

Grades 7-8 (ELA, SS, Visual Arts)

Agriculture in Poetry *

Students will read a discuss a variety of poems with agricultural themes and write their own poems based on food and agriculture.

Grades 6-12, ELA

Agriculture is a Cycle

Students will make bracelets representing life cycles.

Grades K-3: ELA, Sci, SS

Agriculture—It Doesn't Just Happen: The Work of the Ag Research Service

Students use research skills to find information about agriculture research projects and use gathered information in a variety of presentations.

Grades 6-8: ELA, SS

Agriculture: Oklahoma's Legacy (Ag Day Contest Lessons)

Grades PreK-2/ Grades 3-5/ Grade 6

Students explore agriculture in Oklahoma history

PreK-6: ELA, Math, SS, VA

An Apple a Day

Students will read the history of apples and explore apple-related idioms. Students will read about Johnny Appleseed and answer comprehension questions. Students will conduct scientific experiments with apples. Students will classify apples and conduct mathematical activities with apples.

Grades PreK-2: SS, ELA, Science,

Are You Thirsty? The Effects of Pollution on Drinking Water

Various activities for helping students visualize the effects of pollution on drinking water.

Grades: 6-8: Sci, Math, ELA, Math, VA

The Art of Growing Things

Learn the history of seed packets, then research a plant and create your own packet.

Grades 3-6: ELA, Math, SS, Sci, VA

USDA Hardiness Zones Map

Asparagus: The Mighty Spear

Students will understand the nutritional value of asparagus and how it is grown in Oklahoma. Students will use asparagus as a manipulative to solve math problems. Students will paint with asparagus.

Grades PreK-1: SS, Math, ELA, VA, Small Motor

At Home on the Range

How ranchers on the western frontier helped saved the bison from extinction.

Multimedia Presentation: Spirit of the Buffalo (Power Point) (Keynote)

Grades 2-8: SS, Math, ELA,

At the Sale Barn *

Students will read about cattle auctions and solve math word problems related to buying cattle.

Grades 6-8: Math

At Your Fingertips

On a world map, students will locate countries from
which we import foods that climatic conditions prevent us from growing locally.

Grades 1-8: SS



* Lessons aligned with most recent state standards (work in progress)

Baby Peanut Plants

Students examine raw peanuts to find the “baby peanuts” inside and then sprout them on paper towels.

PreK-4: Sci, Math

Smart Board Activity: Verbs (Need help opening this?)

Back to the Farm

Students trace family history to find family members with farming or ranching backgrounds.

Grades 3-6: ELA, SS

Barnyard Bingo

Students mark bingo cards as they recognize the farm animal sounds in the song "The Farmer in the Dell."

K-1: ELA, Math, Sci, SS, VA, PE, World Languages

Be a Bug Scout

Students count insects or specified weeds in
a given area to experience how farmers decide whether or not to use pesticides.

K-6: Math, Sci

Be a Food Explorer

Students will try a variety of unfamiliar fruits and vegetables, research their origins and develop recipes.

Grades 3-5: ELA, SS

A Bean is a Seed *

Students will learn about germination by sprouting
beans and caring for them in small necklaces which they keep around their necks.

Grades K-4: Sci

Beautiful Bovine *

Volunteer is dressed as a cow to demonstrate purposes of the different body parts of a cow and to show how a cow is different from a human. Students make cow glyphs and diagrams comparing cows and humans.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

K-3: Sci, Math, ELA

Bee Dance *

The student will construct bee puppets and use them to act out some bee behaviors.

PreK-2: ELA, Sci, SS

Bee Smart. Bee Happy

Students learn basic information about bees and the importance of pollination in crop production. Includes a take home Parent Page with information about the Africanized honey bee (sometimes erroneously called "killer bees.")

PreK-3: Sci, ELA, Music, Health

Beef is Good for You *

Students calculate the content of nutrients in beef from percentages andchart nutritional information about beef.

Grade 6-7: Math, Health, ELA

Beef or Dairy? *

Students learn to distinguish between beef and dairy cows by identifying their basic body shapes.

K-2: ELA, Sci, Math, VA,

Bill Pickett, Bull Doggin' Cowboy *

Students will be introduced to Pill Pickett, An Oklahoma rodeo personality, who pioneered the rodeo act of bulldogging.

Grade 3: ELA, SS, VA

Biomass: The Energy of the Future

Students will use research skills to gather information on renewable fuels. Students will compile information on a graph and compare and contrast the pros and cons for developing the fuels for use.

Grades 6-8: ELA

Black Mesa: Where the Rocky Mountains Meet the Short Grass Prairie *

Students read about the history, topography and environment of Black Mesa, develop experiments to demonstrate erosion and formation of a mesa, find land features on maps and research related topics.

Grades 3-8: Science, Social Studies, ELA

Bones and Stones (formerly Sticks and Stones) *

Students will read about ancient farming cultures in Oklahoma and the early development of farming tools. Students will design and construct simple farming tools.

Grades 3-4: ELA, Social Studies, Science

Bovine Oversteps Boundaries: Newspaper Headlines, Captions and Stories

Students will read the true story of Grady, the Silo Cow from Yukon, and write headlines for the story.

Grades 6-8: ELA

Bread in a Bag

Students learn about the origins of bread and make bread in a bag.

Grades 1-4: Sci, SS

Bread in a Bag Kits available from

Oklahoma State Department of Education
Child Nutrition Department
Becky Gray - Administrative Assistant
Room 310

Breaking It Down: Careers in Agriculture

Students will explore some agriculture-related careers while decoding words with common suffixes.

Grades 3-5: ELA

Bring on the Brassica Veggies! *

Students will read about various vegetables in the Brassica family and answer comprehension questions. Students will test recipes using Brassica vegetables and determine their favorites. Students will use Brassica vegetables in art projects.

Grades 3-5: ELA, Sci, VA

Bubbles in the Cabbage Juice

Students will conduct experiments with cabbage juice as an indicator to identify carbon in a variety of substances.

Grades 6-8: Sci

Bug's Eye View

The student construct an insect holder and observe and classify insects.

Grades K-4: Sci, LA

Build a Burger

Students explore the components of a hamburger and build models of their own to create a balanced, nutritious meals.

Grades 1-4: ELA, Math

Buried Treasure: Oklahoma's Aquifers *

Students will read about the hydrologic cycle, groundwater and aquifers, locate aquifers in Oklahoma and build models to show the permeability of different earth materials.

Grades 3-12: SS, Sci, Math

"What is Groundwater?" (Excellent video from Quest Science)

"Summary of the Water Cycle" (Great charts from USGS Water Science School)

Busting the Prairie: Planning a Homestead Community

Students learn about the Homestead Act of 1862 and the importance of agriculture in the settling of the West by planning and designing homestead communities and designing handbills inviting others to join them.

Grades 6-8: SS, ELA

Smart Board Activity: Metaphor, Simile, Personification (Need help opening this?)

By the Pound

The student will estimate the weight and cost of produce and calculate the actual price.

Grades 1-5: Math




* Lessons aligned with most recent state standards (work in progress)

Call It Macaroni
Students use assorted dry pasta in a variety of math problems.

Grades PreK-5: Math, Sci, VA

Smart Board: Pasta Poetry

Case of the Missing Pumpkin *

Student observe decomposition of a pumpkin.

Grades 3, 5-6: Sci

The Chemistry of Butter

Students will read about butter and conduct experiments to observe chemical reactions and changes in properties in milk.

Grades 5-7: Sci, Math, ELA

Cherokee Farming *

Students will read about farming among the Cherokees and compare farming before and after the removal. Students will make a timeline of the foods adopted by the Cherokee. Students will research to learn more about the Cherokee. Students will conduct experiments with heirloom seeds.

Grades 3-4: ELA, SS, Sci

Chew It Twice

The student will trace the path a cow’s food follows through its body.

PreK-3: ELA, Sci

Chewed Paper and Sticky Stuff

Students make adhesives from some common food substances and use flour paste to make pinatas and other crafts from papier mache.

Grades 3-7: VA, SS, ELA

Circles in the Landscape

Students examine transpiration, evapotranspiration and water balance, learn the reasons for irrigation, analyze Oklahoma weather information and use geometry and other math skills to design an irrigation system.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Grades 6-8: Math, Sci, SS

Clothesline Sleuth

Students trace the origins of various clothing items to their agricultural sources.

Grades 3-5: ELA, SS, Math, Sci

Clucking Chickens *

Students construct a model of a chicken that makes chicken sounds from a plastic cup and string.

Grades K-4: VA, Sci, Music

Coats and Genes: Genetic Traits in Cattle *

Students flip coins and sort beans to demonstrate how cattle pass genetic traits to their offspring through heredity.

Smart Board

Colorful Cattle (movie)

Grade 7 Science, HS Biology I

Come Into My Parlor *

Students read and answer comprehension questions about milking parlors. Students research to learn about milk delivery. Students interpret a map scale to measure the space in a milking parlor.

Grade 4: ELA, Math

Corn Cob Toys *

Students will make toys from corn cobs and learn of the many uses for corn, both historically and today.

Grades 1-6: VA, SS, ELA

Corn Field Math and Science *

Students use number sense, measurement and data analysis to construct drawings and compute multi-step problems with whole numbers, fractions and percentages. Students make Oobleck from corn starch.

Grades 5-8: Math, Science

Corn Then and Now (Combined Corn in Ancient America and Corn in Legend and Myth) *

Students will develop an understanding of the importance of corn to the survival of early civilizations of the Americas. Students compare the myths and legends about corn and use their creative abilities to act them out.

Grades 4,6: SS, ELA

Cotton Pickin': Before and After the Civil War *

Students examine the importance of cotton to the economy of the South before and after the Civil War.

Grades 6-8: SS, ELA

Counting Sheep

Students learn about the origins of counting by shepherds keeping track of their sheep.

Grades K-6: Math, ELA, SS

Creepy Crawly Critters

Students will learn characteristics of insects by creating models from an assortment of materials.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Grades K-4: VA, ELA, Math, Sci, SS, PE

Crickets on the Hearth

Students design and conduct investigations with crickets.

Grades 6-8: Sci, ELA

Cultivating Oklahoma's Future (Ag Day Contest Lessons)

Students read and discuss information and vocabulary about some new developments in agriculture and the future of agriculture in Oklahoma.

Grades 7-8; Grades 6; Grades 3-5; Grades PreK-2


The Cutest Camelid

Students will read about alpacas. Students will create fact sheets about alpacas. Students will create flip books showing alpaca needs. Students will compare and contrast alpaca fiber with sheep and goat fiber.

Grades K-3: ELA, Sci



* Lessons aligned with most recent state standards (work in progress)

Dark Days on the Prairie *

Students write descriptive paragraphs based on pictures from the Dust Bowl, label a map showing the Oklahoma counties and surrounding states affected by the Dust Bowl, and research climatic conditions of the area.

Grade 4: ELA, SS, Sci

More on the Dust Bowl (NEH site)

A Day Without Ag

What is agriculture, and how does it impact my life every day?

Grades 1-3: ELA, Math, SS

Dear George: George Washington and the First Census of Agriculture *

Students will translate excerpts from letters by George Washington into modern English; Read excerpts from letters by George Washington about the United States in its infancy and compare conditions Washington describes with recent conditions, based on current census data (provided); Compose a modern-day reply to one of Washington’s letters, based on current census data (provided). Design brochures to promote selected agriculture commodities.
Design surveys and use US Postal Service, email and social media to correspond with students in other parts of the country and compare modes of modern communication; Graph census data and find measures of central tendency.

Grades 6-8: ELA, SS, Math

Dirt Babies

Students will observe grass sprouting and growing like hair on heads they create from knee-high nylon stockings and potting medium.

Grades 1-5: Sci, VA, ELA

Dirty Pictures *

Student compose pictures using the many different colors of Oklahoma soil.

K-5: Sci, VA, Music

The Disappearing Honeybees: Tracking Honeybee Decline

Students use graphing and other math skills to track the number of honeybee colonies present in the US since 1978.

Grades 6-8: Math, Sci

DNA Blueprint for Life

Students isolate DNA in a solution made from fruit pulp.

Power Point: DNA Blueprint for Life (DNA Extraction from Strawberries)

Extract Your DNA (simple NOVA experiment on video)

Grades 6-8: Sci

Don't Fence Me In

Students learn the history of barbed wire and its impact on the development of the west and practice identifying geometric terms using examples of
some common styles of barbed wire.

Grades 3-6: SS, ELA, Math, Sci, PE

The Eastern Redcedar

Students read three articles about Oklahoma's eastern redcedar and find the central idea and supporting facts and author's point of view. Students conduct scientific investigations with eastern redcedar samples. Students identify the range of the eastern redcedar.
Grades 6-8: ELA, SS, Sci

Eat Your Flowers: Testing the Effects of Soil Types on Edible Flowers

Students grow flowers in different soil types to determine the effect on flavor.

Grades 6-8: Sci

Egg Toss

Students practice counting by playing a game with an egg carton and ping pong balls.

Grades 1-2: Math, Sci, SS

Extending the Knowledge

Students read about the history of land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension Service, work in groups to find the main idea and supporting details and answer comprehension questions. As a class students make a timeline of the events leading up to the land-grant and Extension system of today. Students research to find information about specific land-grant universities and locatethem on a map of the US.

Grades 3-5: ELA, SS



* Lessons aligned with most recent state standards (work in progress)

The Fable of Franny and Her Fabulous Fainting Goat

Students get practice telling time while reading about a goat with an unusual trait.

Grades 2-3: ELA, Math, Sci, SS

The Fair Starts With Agriculture

Students will read about the history of county and state fairs in the US, Indian Territory and the State of Oklahoma. Students will answer comprehension questions about the reading. Students will develop time lines of the history of fairs. Students will develop fair entries for judging.

Grades 3-5: Sci, SS, VA, ELA

Fantastic Flower *

Students learn the anatomy of a flower and play a game in which they act out the pollination process.

Smart Board Activity: Words in Context (Need help opening this?)

Grades 1-3: ELA, VA, Sci

Farm Babies

Students use flash cards to learn names for mother and baby farm animals, then play a game in which students designated as babies must find students designated as mothers.

PreK-2: ELA, Sci

Farm Dogs

Students read about the various jobs dogs do on the farm and research to find information about some common herd dog breeds.

Grades 3-5: ELA, SS

The Farmer And The Cowman

Students make booklets showing the difference between a ranch and a farm.

Grades K-2: ELA, SS, VA, Music

The Farmer Cares for the Land

The student will identify cause and effect relationships in issues relating to agriculture and the environment.

Grades 4-6: eLA, Sci, SS

A Field of Beans

All about legumes.

Grades 1-6: ELA, Math, Sci, SS

Fish In A Bottle

Students build fish ecosystems, then observe and write about changes they observe.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Grades 1-3: ELA, Sci

Fit With Fiber: Graphing Cereal

Students gather and graph information about favorite breakfast cereals.

Grades 6-8: Sci, Math

Food for Keeps *

Student explore food preservation methods from early American history through today. Includes beef jerky recipe.

Grades 6-8: Sci, ELA, Math

Fresh From the Farm *

Student learn about farmer’s markets and complete a survey to learn what kinds of produce is grown by local farmers and gardeners.

Grades 1-3: SS, ELA, Math, VA

From Bolls to Bolts *

Students read statements about cotton manufacturing and place them in chronological order.

Smart Board Activity: Adjectives and Antonyms (need help opening this?)

Grades 3-4: ELA

From Shelter to Playing Fields: Oklahoma Sod *

Students will read about the importance of sod in Oklahoma history and as an Oklahoma-grown product in today’s economy. Students will complete math problems related to sod. Students will conduct experiments with a purchased roll of sod. Students will conduct an experiment to demonstrate the usefulness of sod in preventing soil erosion.

Grade 3: ELA, Social Studies, Math, Science

Fruit or Vegetable? *

Students explore the difference between fruits and vegetables from different perspectives and develop their own definitions. Students discuss and research the role of government in assignment of food categories and import/export of produce.

Grades 6-12: ELA, SS, Health

Funky Fungus

Students observe the growth of fungus on slices of bread.

Grades 3-5: Sci



* Lessons aligned with most recent state standards (work in progress)

Garden Grid *

Students create a grid and plan a garden, allowing sufficient space for each plant to grow.

K-6: ELA, VA, Sci, SS, Math

Garden Guard

Students will work in small groups or individually to create scarecrows, write brief descriptions about them and display them in a class scarecrow show.

PreK-4: ELA, VA, Math

A Garden in a Mailbox

Students will examine seed catalogs and find information about plants, growing seasons, etc.

Grades 3-5: ELA, Sci, SS, VA

George Washington on the Farm *

Students learn about George Washington's contributions to American agriculture.

Grades 3-5: SS, Sci, ELA

Germination Observations

The students germinate seeds under a variety of

PreK-5: Sci, SS, ELA, Math

Get Growing

Students read about what a plant needs to grow and conduct experiments related to plant needs.

Grades PreK-2: ELA, Science

Get the Point

Students read about cattle drives and measure the width of the horns on drawings of longhorn cattle, then convert the measurements from inches to centimeters
and from inches to feet.

Grades 4-5: Math, SS, ELA

Good Breeding *

Students learn about common Oklahoma cattle breeds.

Grades 2-4: ELA, Sci, SS

Good Grapes *
Math activities with grapes, a fable and the growth cycle of grapes.

Grades PreK-5: Math, Reading, Life Science

Goodness, Grady!

Students read the true story of Grady, the famous silo cow
from Yukon, Oklahoma, and present a play based on the story.

(Activity Guide for Grady's in the Silo, by UnaBelle Townsend)

Video of story ready by Sheri Carpenter, with archival photos

Grades 2-4: Math, ELA

Got Gluten?

Students will conduct scientific demonstratons to compare the presence of gluten in different kinds of flour. Students will read two articles about gluten and answer comprehension questions, including a comparison of the two readings.

Grades 4-5: Sci, ELA

The Grain Game

Students use pieces of cereal made from grains grown in Oklahoma to play a counting game.

Grades 1-2: Math, Health

Great Balls of Fire

Students investigate the flammability of natural and synthetic fabrics while practicing safe procedures.

Grades 6-8: Sci, ELA

Great Expectations

The student will read charts for relevant information to solve mathematical word problems.

Grades 2-6: Math, Sci

Grow a Living Pantry: Growing Food Without Soil

Students will read about various ways to grow plants without soil, design and conduct experiments and explore root words and affixes related to the different growing methods.

Grades 5-8: ELA, Science

A Growing Market

The student will research and grow a plant and present findings orally.

Grades 6-7: Sci, ELA



* Lessons aligned with most recent state standards (work in progress)

A Handy Measure

Students are introduced to the method used for measuring horses.

PreK-5: Math, Sci

Harvest the Wind

Students read about wind power and wind farms, make a pin wheel and develop their own inventions for harvesting wind power.

Grades 5-7: Sci, SS, ELA

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)


Have You The Time Of Day?

Students read a story about a day in the life of a farmer and gain practice reading and writing time.

Grades K-3: Math, ELA

Five Friendly Farmers

Head, Heart, Hands, Health

Students learn the history of 4-H, one of the oldest youth organizations, and use the information to compare and contrast other historical events.

Grades 3-4: SS

A Hidden Beauty *

Students construct a model of a plant that grows from a bulb.

Grades PreK-2: Sci, ELA, VA

The History of Ethanol in America

Students will explore the production of biofuels from the 1850s to the present.

Grades 6-8: SS, ELA

History of Irrigation on the Great Plains

Students examine the history of irrigation on the Great Plains, create a timeline to organize information, locate the Great Plains on a US map and research to learn about irrigation around the world.

Grades 4-8: SS, ELA

Irrigation Museum (history, with timeline, from the Irrigation Association)

Hit the Trail *

Student draw three cattle trails that passed through Indian Territory, using a written description of the trails.

Grade 4: ELA, SS

Hoboes on Harvest *

Students read about the role Oklahoma’s wheat fields played in the history of labor movements in the US.

Grades 4-7: SS, ELA

Hogs On A Diet *

Students will examine grains used in animal feed, sort the grains and use them to practice math facts.

Grades PreK-2: Math

Horse Cents

Students explore the mathematics of owning a horse.

Grades 3-6: Math, ELA

A Horse of a Different Color

Students explore the diversity of horse coat colors.

Grades 1-5: VA

Hot Off the Grill

Students measure temperatures of hamburger patties both before and after cooking.

Grades 4-6: Sci, Math

How Far Did It Travel? Exploring the Geography of Food

Students compare the distances food travels from farm to table.

Grades 6-12: SS, Math

How Germs Spread

Students learn about techniques used by poultry producers to prevent the spread of disease and conduct a test to help them visualize the spread of germs.

Grades 6-8: Sci

How the Brahman Bull Got Its Hump

The student compose a fictional story explaining how the Brahman bull got its hump.

Grades K-3: ELA, SS, Math

How to Pick the Best

Students learn what to look for when selecting fresh fruits and vegetables.

Grades K-6: LA, Sci, Math, Sci, SS, PE

The Humble Beginnings of the Hamburger

Student hear some claims regarding the hamburger’s origins and then compose an original tall tale on the subject.

Grades 1-5: ELA

A Hundred Bales of Hay

Students practice patterns on a hundreds chart while learning about hay production, past and present.

Grades K-5: Math, Sci, ELA, VA



* Lessons aligned with most recent state standards (work in progress)

I Believe in Oklahoma Agriculture (2011 Poster Contest Lessons)

Grades PreK-2

Grades 3-5

Grade 6

Grades 7-8

If Not for the Pollinators: Matching Flowers with Pollinators

Students match flowers to pollinators and construct models of flowers to demonstrate why different kinds of flowers need different kinds of pollinators.

Grades 6-8: Sci

In Strawberry Fields

Students learn about strawberry production and compute wages of strawberry workers.

Grades 6-8: Math, Sci, ELA

An International Menu

Students use dictionaries to research etymologies and explore the diverse origins of common foods we eat.

Grades 3-6: ELA, SS A

A Journey Through the Digestive System

Students use math and science skills while taking a journey through the digestive system.

Grades 3-5: Math, ELA, Sci, Health, PE

Just Lookin' for a Home

Students will learn a song about the boll weevil and use it to understand the impact agriculture has on a community and its economy.

Grades 4-5: ELA, SS, Music

Just Peachy *

Students trace the migration of peaches from China to Oklahoma and learn about the history of peach production in Oklahoma.

Grades 3-7: SS, ELA, Math, Science

A Lending Hand *

Students will read a story about Adam and how he earned money to buy a skateboard by selling vegetables he sold at the farmer’s market. Students will learn how farmers finance their operations through the farm credit system.

Grades 6-7: ELA, Math

Let It Rain

Demonstrations showing students the effects of water erosion on soil.

Grades 3-6: Sci, Math, ELA

Let's Get Together: Grafting Fruit and Pecan Trees *

Students will read about the practice of grafting trees and plants and learn how it benefits production. Students will conduct a grafting experiment with tomato plants.

Grade 7: ELA, Sci; Grades 9-12: ELA, Biology I

Little Red Hen

Students read “The Little Red Hen,” discuss careers involved in providing our food and act out a play based on the story. (Slow to load due to large picture files for puppet characters.)

Grades 1-2: Sci, SS, ELA

Look Out, Below! *

Student learn the four layers of soil and identify the substances that make up each level.

Grades 5: Sci

Look! Up in the Sky! Agricultural Aviation *

Students read about the agricultural aviation industry and its history and answer comprehension questions. Students read about the division of land by townships and sections and use legal land descriptions to identify parcels of land in a map of a land section. Students answer math word problems related to agricultural aviation. Students conduct experiments with paper airplanes and O-Wings.

Grades 6-8: SS, Math, Science, ELA

A Lovely Captive

Students will construct a habitat which will allow them to observe the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly.

PreK-4: Sci

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Lucille Mulhall: The First Cowgirl *
Students read about Lucille Mulhall, a famous Oklahoma cowgirl, and participate in activities to strengthen comprehension and vocabulary.

Grades 3-4, ELA, SS

A Lucky Break

The student will identify and decipher some common phrases in the English language that are related to poultry.

Smartboard Activity: Idioms (need help opening this?)

Grades 4-6: ELA, Sci, SS, VA



* Lessons aligned with most recent state standards (work in progress)

Made From Animals *

Students match animals with the products they produce.

PreK-2: Sci

The Magic of Agriculture (2013 Ag Day Contest Lesson)

Grades PreK-2

Grades 3-5

Grade 6

Grades 7-8

Make Mine Turkey

Students learn to interpret data in grocery advertisements and compute costs by creating a menu and computing the cost of a turkey dinner.

Grades 2-5: ELA, Sci, SS, Math

Making the Most of Milk: Understanding Lactose Intolerance *

Students will learn what causes lactose intolerance and carry out a laboratory activity to test a treatment for lactose intolerance.

Making Paper

Students make paper from recycled paper.

Grades 4-6: VA, Math, SS, Sci

Students will read about technology in agriculture and focus on recent technology based on sensors. Students will conduct an experiment with infrared light to see how thermal imaging helps farmers determine the fertilizer needs of plants.

Grades 6-12: Science, Social Studies

Manure Happens: Nutrients in Livestock Manure

Students reinforce science and math skills while learning about the nutrients found in livestock manure.

Grades 6-8: Sci, Math

A Market for Goats *

Students will read about goat production in Oklahoma and learn about the market for goats among various ethnic groups. Students will research ethnic groups and holidays in which goat meat plays an important part. Students will look at several works of art related to goats and make a timeline of the paintings to show the role of goats in history. Students will research to find the origins of the paintings and locate the countries on a map of the world.

Grades 6-7: ELA, SS, VA

Math for Peanuts

Students estimate the number of peanuts in a peanut shell and graph the results.

K-5: ELA, Math, Sci

Smart Board Activity: Verbs (Need help opening this?)

Measuring Exponential Growth

Students reinforce math skills while learning about best practices for use of animal manure nutrients and protection of water quality.

Grades 6-8: Math

Melon Madness *

All about all kind of Oklahoma melons, with activities.

Grades 1-5: ELA, Sci, SS, Math

Grades 6-8: ELA, Sci, Math

Melon Meiosis *

Students will learn how seedless watermelon were developed and model the process of mitosis and meiosis in watermelons, using jelly beans.

Grades 6-12: Sci, ELA

Mighty Earth Movers *

Students build a habitat for worms and record observations.

Grades 3-5: LA, Sci

Mighty Oaks From Little Acorns *

Students make the connection between seeds and trees by gathering and planting acorns.

PreK-2: Sci, Math, ELA, VA

Milk by the Gallon, Strawberries by the Quart

Students make a Scarecrow Conversion Chart and get practice converting units of measurement.

Grades 1-5 Math, ELA, SS

Mr. Goldman's Good Idea *

Students read about the invention of the
shopping cart and identify major elements of the story’s

Grades 3-4: Math, ELA, SS, Science

A Mixed Bag

Students construct a "feed bag" representing the components included in a horse's feed and learn that, like humans, animals need a variety of foods for good nutrition.

PreK-3: Health, Sci

Mud in the Water

The student will build a soil erosion model and learn the importance of soil conservation.

Grades 6-7: Sci, Math

Next Year's Seeds *

The student will play a game demonstrating variables that affect the food supply.

Grades 1-8: ELA, Math, SS

The Nightshades: Tomatoes, Potatoes and Peppers *

Many activities with tomatoes, potatoes and other nightshades


Grades 1-6: ELA, Math, Sci, VA, Music


No Foot, No Horse

Students learn the importance of the right kind of horseshoes for different horse activities

Grades 2-4: ELA, Sci, Math

Norman Borlaug, Hunger Fighter

Math and Reading activities showing the impact Dr. Borlaug had on relieving world hunger.

Grades 6-8: Math, ELA

Off to Work

The student will become familiar with some jobs in agriculture.

Grades PreK-1: SS

Oh, Christmas Tree! *

Students will read about Christmas tree farming and early Christmas tree customs. Students will develop timelines based on the reading about the history of Christmas trees. Students will write narratives about their own family holiday customs. Students will complete array and/or pre-algebra problems based on Christmas tree farming. Students will construct a Christmas tree and label its parts. Students will locate Oklahoma Christmas tree farms on a map of Oklahoma.

Grades 3-4: SS, ELA, Math, Science

Oklahoma Agriculture; Oklahoma Strong (2014 contest lessons)

Grades PreK-K; Grades T1-2; Grades 3-5; Grade 6-8

Oklahoma Forests

Students will use their senses to observe and write about a tree, read about Oklahoma forest regions, locate the different forest regions on a map of Oklahoma, create map legends based on the reading, and create models of trees.

Grades 2-3: Science, SS

Oklahoma Grown *

The student will learn which Oklahoma crops grow in which counties.

Grades 4-6: SS, Sci

Oklahoma Soils *

Students read about Oklahoma soils and how they were formed and answer questions from a chart showing the soils found in Oklahoma's major land resource areas.

Grades 3-8: Science, Social Studies, ELA

Oklahoma Stone Soup

Students learn about soups around the world and make an Oklahoma version of stone soup while reading the story.

Smart Board Activity: Sequencing (Need help opening this?)

Grades 1-8: Sci, Math, ELA, SS

Oklahoma Wheat on the World Market

Students compute profit and loss in a wheat trading market a graph market activity.

Oklahoma Wheat Harvest (from Sunup)

Grades 6-8: Math, SS, ELA

Oklahoma's Berry Best *

All about strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries

Smart Board Activity: Compare and Contrast (Need help opening this?)

Grades 1-5: Math, Sci, ELA, SS

Oklahoma's Other Oilfields *

Students learn about oilseed crops - canola, soybeans, cottonseeds and sunflower seeds - and how oil is extracted from them.

Grades 6-12: Sci

Oklahoma's Roots and Leafy Greens

All about root vegetables and leafy greens.

Grades 1-5: ELA, Math, Sci, SS, VA, Music

Organic or Conventional: Fact, Opinion or Propaganda

Students examine the differences between organic and conventional farming and learn to identify fact, opinion and various propaganda techniques.

Grades 6-8: ELA, SS



* Lessons aligned with most recent state standards (work in progress)

Pairing Up With Pears

Students will read about pears and write creative narratives about the life of a pear. Students will read a folk tale about pears and answer comprehension questions.

Grades 1-3: ELA, SS, Math

Pancakes, Please

Students experiment with three different kinds of leaveners and learn about pancakes in American and world.

Smartboard Activities: Poetry (need help opening this?)

Grades 3-6, Sci, Math, ELA

Paper or Plastic? Exploring Rewewable Resources

Students discuss, develop, invent and implement a plan for making informed personal economic decisions about renewable resources.

Grades 6-8: SS, Sci, ELA

The Peanut Wizard

The student will read information about George Washington Carver and outline the information.

Grades 3-5: Sci, ELA

Students will learn about different kinds of peas that grow in Oklahoma. Students will identify the parts of the vegetables we eat as root, fruit or leaves. Students will use peas in pod for a variety of math activities. Students will compare and contrast different versions of the story “The Princess and the Pea.” Students will grow peas.

Grades K-2: ELA, Math, Sci

Pecan Fingerprints

Students learn about themselves as individuals
and understand that things in nature also have traits that distinguish them from all others.

PreK-2: Sci, ELA, VA

Piece by Piece *

The student will use geometric shapes made from construction paper to create an original quilt block, then write a brief history of the creation.

Grades 3-5: ELA, Math, SS, VA

Pizza for Everyone

Students brainstorm, web, gather data and graph information about pizza preferences.

Grades 1-3: ELA, Math

Pizza Portions

Students read about pizza in groups and answer comprehension questions. Students use math skills to find what percentage of daily caloric intake is consumed when eating pizza.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Grades 6-8: Math, ELA

Plant Parts We Eat

Students will be introduced to an assortment of
vegetables and will learn to locate the parts humans use for food.

PreK-K: Sci, ELA, Math

Playing in the Dirt: Discovering Soil *

Students will use their science process skills to discover the percentage of sand, silt, loam or clay in soil samples.

Grades 6-8: Math, Sci

Plows on the Hunting Grounds: The Indian Allotment Act of 1887

Students read about the Indian Allotment Act of 1887 and discuss its impact on Oklahoma's Native American tribes and agriculture. Students interpret a map of Indian lands in Indian Territory in 1889.

Grades 3-4: ELA, SS

Pollinator Habitats

Students research, interview experts and design pollinator habitats.

Grades 6-8: ELA

Pop, Pop, Popcorn

Math activities with popcorn, Main idea reading exercise

Smart Board Activity: Main Idea (Need help opening this?)

How Stuff Works: Popcorn (Discovery Channel Video)

Grades 3-5: ELA, Math, Sci, SS, VA

Powerful Potato *

The student will observe the growth process of a potato.

Grades 3-6: ELA, Math, SS, Sci, VA

Preparing for Drought

Students form subcommittees to propose plans for drought management and relief.

Grades 6-8: SS

A Priceless Collection

The student will read a dramatic story about the Russian plant breeder Nikolai I. Vavilov, who faced starvation during World War II to protect a preserve a valuable collection of seed potatoes.

Grades 5-8: Sci, SS, ELA, Math

Pumpkin Globes *

Students will use pumpkins to create globes of the world.

Grades 1-2: SS

Pumpkin Seed Art *

Students will use pumpkin seeds to create art.

Grades 1-3: VA

Pumpkins By The Pound *

Students use pumpkins of various sizes to experiment with weight and perimeter.

Grades 1-3: Math

Pumpkins, Squash and Other Cucurbits *

Many activities with cucurbits.

Grades 3-5: ELA, Math, Sci, SS

A Purple Cow

Students learn to identify colors in nature and to observe objects under varying light conditions.

Multimedia Pesentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Grades PreK-2: VA, ELA, Sci, Math

A Rafter of Turkeys

Students compare supermarket turkey with wild and heritage breeds.

Smart Board Activity: Synonyms

(Need help opening this?)

Grades 3-5: ELA, Math

Read Before You Eat
Students learn to read nutrition labels on packaged foods.
Grades 4-5: Health, LA, Math

Red Dirt Groundbreakers *

Groundbreakers in the history of agriculture in Oklahoma.

Grade 3 ELA, SS and Math; High School ELA and Oklahoma History

The Role of Fire in Healthy Prairie, Brush and Forest Land

The importance of fire to maintaining the health of prairie, brush and forest lands.

Grades 6-8: Sci,Math

The Role of Fire in Oklahoma Landscapes (video from OK Forestry)

Rooftop Sandwich

Students create books showing the main ingredients of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Grades K-3: ELA

Peanut Butter and Jelly (poem)

'Round and 'Round We Go: The Benefits of Crop Rotation

Students will read about crop rotation methods used on commercial farms in the US. Students will play a game to demonstrate crop rotation. Students will plant a wheat field.

Grades 5-6: Sci, VA, ELA



* Lessons aligned with most recent state standards (work in progress)

Sandwich Feast

Students use sandwich ingredients to create books, practice punctuation and have a sandwich feast.

Smart Board Activity: Guide Words

(Need help opening this?)

Grades PreK-5: ELA, Math

Save Our Soil

The student will view a demonstration which will
help them understand what a small amount of land is used to sustain humans on the earth.

Grades 3-5: Sci, ELA, Math

Say Cheese

Students make cheese.

Grades K-6: Sci

Seed Swapping

Students will practice and review place values,
using seeds as manipulatives.

Grades 1-4: Sci, Math

The Shape of Things *

The student will perform an experiment, using eggs, to test the strength of the dome shape.

Grades 6-8: Sci

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.

Grades 1-6: Math, Health

Snowball Fight

Students will learn how snow helps crops grow and play a game using facts and words about snow.

Grades 4-5: ELA, Music, Sci, Math

Soak It Up

Student do an experiment with different kinds of soil to observe how well each holds water and how organic matter increases
the amount of water soil will hold.

Grades 1-6: Sci

Sock Walk

Students take a walk wearing socks over their shoes to learn how some seeds travel.

Grades 1-6: Sci, ELA, VA

Sorghum Feeds Oklahoma Cattle

Students read and answer questions about sorghum as a feed crop and as a grain crop in other parts of othe world. Students conduct taste tests and follow directions to make sorghum molasses gingerbread.

Grades 3-7: ELA, SS, Sci

Soybeans All Around Us *

Students will learn the many uses for soybeans. Students will read food labels to identify foods made with soybeans. Students will research to identify additional uses for soybeans.

Grades 2-4: Science, ELA, Math

Spiro Farming: Corn, Squash and Beans Build a Mighty Trade Center *

Students will read about farming practices among the people who populated the area around Spiro Mounds. Students will research to learn more about Spiro culture and other prehistoric farming cultures in Oklahoma. Students will identify the region in the US occupied by Mississippian culture. Students will trace the trade route along rivers and tributaries that joined Spiro with Mississippian ceremonial centers back east. Students will design experiments to demonstrate how agriculture might have started.

Grades 3-4: SS, Science, ELA

Stick Horse Rodeo

Students will learn about the rodeo and hold their own rodeos with age-appropriate activities like "Pig Herding" ( herding balloons or balls), barrel racing with a stick horse, "Wild Cow Milking," "Scatter Square Dancing," etc.

PreK-5: ELA, VA, PE

The Story of Milk

Student learn where milk comes from and place the steps in sequence.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

PreK-2: ELA

Street Cows

Students will learn that cows come in many different shapes and sizes and will design their own art cows after reading a story about a popular travelling art exhibit.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

K-4: ELA, Sci, VA

The Sunflower Story *

Students will learn what plants need to grow by listening and responding to the story of a sunflower.

Grades 3-5: ELA, Sci

Sunny Sunflowers *

Students create models of sunflowers and play a game to demonstrate how plants grow in relation to light.

Grades K-2: Sci, VA

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

The Big Sunflower (poem)

Surveying: 19 Chains and 50 Links

Students use geometric skills to practice the art of surveying.

Grades 6-8: Math

Symbiosis in Agriculture

Students compare insect relationships according to their symbiosis class—parasitism, commensalism, mutualism.

Grades 6-8: Sci, ELA



* Lessons aligned with most recent state standards (work in progress)

Taming the Wild Aurochs

Students read about the
development of animal husbandry, outline the information and arrange steps in sequence.

Grades 6-8: ELA, SS, Sci

Territorial Children

Students explore the geography of Indian Territory, learn about the lives of children in during that time period, make butter, make a rag doll and play historical games played by pioneer children and America Indian children.

Grades Pre-K-5: SS, Math, Sci, PE

Thanksgiving: Celebrating the Harvest

Students learn about the thanksgiving celebrations of various North American tribes and compare myth and fact regarding Thanksgiving.

Grade 5: SS, ELA

These Roots Run Deep (Oklahoma's Roots and Leafy Greens)

All about root vegetables and leafy greens.

Grades 1-5: ELA, Math, Sci, SS, VA, Music

They Don't Just Eat Grass *

Students compare and contrast different energy values of feeds by graphing the net energy for maintenance and percentage of fat for a variety of feed types.

Grades 5-8: Sci, Math *

This Little Pig *

Students read about swine and complete worksheets on the reading and vocabulary. Students will compare and contrast different versions of the story of the Three Little Pigs and write their own versions.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Grade PreK-4: ELA

Time Line of the Land

Students construct time lines, using historical facts about the development of agriculture.

Grades 2-5: ELA, SS, Math

Tortillas in a Bag

Students follow instructions to make tortillas in a bag and learn about breads around the world.

Grade 4: ELA, Math, Sci

A Tough Nut to Crack

Students evaluate the quality of pecans based on a set of criteria.

Grades 6-8: Sci, Math, SS

A Trip to the Animal Fair *

Students examine the needs of pets and other animals and compare them with their own needs.

K-2: ELA, Sci, VA

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Truth or Hogwash? *

Students will work in teams to play a game in which they answer true/false questions about swine and then research and develop questions of their own.

Grades 2-5: ELA

US Agriculture and the World Market

Students interpret agricultural import and export data in tabular form, determine percentages, convert values between measurement systems and graph information from tables.

Grades 6-8: Math, Sci



* Lessons aligned with most recent state standards (work in progress)

Weather Matters *

Students will read about the effects of weather on agricultural production and explore the Oklahoma Mesonet site to find and graph local rainfall data. Students will examine weather-related works of art.

Grades 3-4: ELA, SS, Sci, VA

Weeds on the Windowsill

An examination of the need for pesticides. Students compare the results when they grow plants in two kinds of garden soil, one of which has been treated (by boiling water) to kill weed seeds and one which has not.

Grades 4-5: ELA, Sci

Wet and Wooly

The students will become familiar with vocabulary
words pertaining to the production of sheep, conduct experiments with wool and create art from wool fleece.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote Version)

Smart Board Activity: Alliteration

Grades PreK-4: ELA, VA, Sci

What is Drought?

Students conduct an experiment to explore the effects of drought.

Grades 6-8: Sci

What's At Your Tailgate?

Students read about the history of tailgating and identify the agricultural sources of some typical foods and objects associated with tailgating. Students research and write about products used in tailgating and about festivals around the state. Student write creative stories about tailgate parties. Students use their math skills to plan a class tailgate party.

Grades 3-5: ELA, Math, SS

What's in Your Picnic Basket?

Students read about the history of picnics and explore the agricultural source of several items associated with picnics.

Grades 3-5: ELA, SS, Math

What's Organic?

Student will examine the different meanings of the word "organic."

Grades 2-5: ELA, Sci

What's Your Brand? *

Student learn the history and purpose of
branding cattle.

(Power Point)


Grades 2-4: ELA, Math, VA

Wheat: From Field to Oven

Student read some paragraphs about wheat production and identify the main idea and supporting statements for each one.

Multimedia Presentation (Power Point) (Keynote)

Grades 2-5: ELA

The Wheat Plant

The student will sequence stages in the life of a
wheat plant and identify the six main parts of the wheat plant.

Grades 2-4: Sci

Where Has All the Farmland Gone?

Students look at issues related to land use worldwide.

Grades 6-8: SS, ELA

Will Your Car Run on Grass? How Biomass Becomes Alcohol

Students conduct experiments with yeast to determine what substances promote fermentation.

Grades 6-8: Sci

Woods, Lake, Rocks: Art of the Wild West at Woolaroc

Students learn about the collection of western art on display at Woolaroc Museum near Bartlesville, research and write reports and examine the elements of select works of art.

(Grades 3-5 VA, ELA)

Working Watermelon

Student perform estimates, measurements
and calculations on a watermelon.

Smart Board Activity: Drawing Conclusions (Need help opening this?)

Grades 4-6: ELA, Sci, Math, PE

World Trade

Students use research skills to learn about world trade and the organizations which govern trade.

Grades 6-8: SS, ELA

Yam and Eggs *

Encourage your students to try something different as they learn what people eat for breakfast around the world.

K-5: SS, ELA, Math, Health, Sci

Your Food Dollar (and Cents)

Students learn where their food dollars go while getting practice recognizing coins and making change.

Grades 2-3: ELA, Math

Your Future in Agriculture

Students will explore and research a variety of careers in agriculture. Students will read about rapid advances in agriculture now and in American history.

Grades 6-8: ELA


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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.