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Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom

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Economics
Ag in My Community
Students will read and learn about agriculture in their own community and across the state. Students will identify agricultural commodities produced in their county, along with businesses that support agriculture and agritourism opportunities available in their area. Students will sample soil from the area and conduct experiments to identify soil types. Students will construct a simple rain gauge to measure rainfall and compare their results with official totals.
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At the Sale Barn (Grades 9-12)
Grades 6-12: Math
Through classroom experiences, students will read about cattle auctions and solve math word problems related to buying cattle.
At Your Fingertips
On a world map, students will locate countries from which we import foods that climatic conditions prevent us from growing locally.
By the Pound
The student will estimate the weight and cost of produce and calculate the actual price.
Corn Cob Toys
Students will make toys from corn cobs and learn of the many uses for corn, both historically and today.
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.
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.
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.
How Far Did It Travel? Exploring the Geography of Food
Students compare the distances food travels from farm to table.
How to Pick the Best
Students will learn where common fruits and vegetables are grown and learn how to choose the best quality.
A Hundred Bales of Hay
Students practice patterns on a hundreds chart while learning about hay production, past and present.
In Strawberry Fields
Students learn about strawberry production and compute wages of strawberry workers.
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.
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.
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.
Milk by the Gallon, Strawberries by the Quart
Students make a Scarecrow Conversion Chart and get practice converting units of measurement.
Red Dirt Groundbreaker: Mr. Goldman's Good Idea
Students read about the invention of the shopping cart and identify major elements of the story's structure.
Oklahoma's Inland Waterway: The McLellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System
Students will read about river navigation and transportation of agricultural products by barge. Students will compare transportation by barge with transportation by truck and railroad. Students will build lock systems to see how barges move from one level to another.
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.
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.
The Story of Milk
Student learn where milk comes from and place the steps in sequence.
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.
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.
World Trade
Students use research skills to learn about world trade and the organizations which govern trade.
Your Food Dollar (and Cents)
Students learn where their food dollars go while getting practice recognizing coins and making change.