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Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom

Classroom Resources

Agriculture-Related Books

Crops — Corn

Corn is Maize
Collins, 1986
Grades PreK-2
Aliki tells the story of corn: How Native American farmers thousands of years ago found and nourished a wild grass plant and made it an important part of our lives.
The Kid Who Changed the World
Andrews, Andy
Thomas Nelson, 2014
Grades 1-3
The Kid Who Changed the World tells the story of Norman Borlaug, who would one day grow up and use his knowledge of agriculture to save the lives of two billion people. Two billion! Norman changed the world!
From Corn to Cereal
Basel, Roberta
Capstone, 2005
Grades 2-5
Early reader book depicting corn from seed to consumer. All the images are of modern farm equipment and modern processing operations. Ends with a page on the Corn Palace of South Dakota, a glossary and recipe.
The Popcorn Book
DePaola, Tomie
Holiday House, 1984
Grades PreK-2
The Story of Corn
Fussell, Betty
UNM, 2004
Grades 6-adult
A look at the history of corn and its impact on the world. The author examines the cultural influences and ways that corn has been woven into the culture of earlier American societies and the culture of today's civilizations. Corn as human food, animal feed, converted into alcohol and now as a renewable fuel is explored. The author weaves text, illustration, poetry and photos throughout the book.
Gibbons, Gail
Holiday House, 2009
Grades 2-5
Describes the difference between the four major types of corn and provides further descriptors of their individual uses. An illustration shows the process of fertilization of a single kernel on an ear. It also depicts the multiple uses for corn in food and non-food items.
Landau, Elaine
Sagebrush, 2003.
Picture book for older children offers popcorn facts and figures including the snack's Native American origins, the invention of the popping machine, and the popularity of popcorn during World War II, when sugar for other snack foods was in short supply. Brightly-colored acrylic illustrations enhance the humor of the text. A pesky raccoon character insinuates himself into nearly every picture, raiding the refrigerator, roasting corn over an open fire, and stealing the treat from humans.
Mayo, Gretchen Will, and Susan Nations
Weekly Reader, 2004
Grades 2-4
Describes how wheat, rice, and other types of grain are grown, harvested, and made into breakfast cereals.
From Kernel to Corn
Nelson, Robin
Lerner, 2003
Grades PreK-2
Describes the process of corn production, including planting the kernels, tending and harvesting the crop, and transporting the corn to the grocery story.
Biography of Corn (How Did That Get Here?)
Nielsen, L. Michelle
Craptree, 2007
Grades 4-6
Maize, or corn, was the staple food of many early cultures in South America, Mesoamerica and the Caribbean. This book shows how the farming of corn spread to the rest of the world.
Gimme Cracked Corn and I Will Share
O'Malley, Kevin
Walker Books for Young Readers, 2007
Grades PreK-2
Corny one-liners drive this slapstick fantasy, as two featherbrained hens cross the road to follow their dreams.
Carlos and the Cornfield/Carlos y la milpa de maiz
Stevens, Jan Romero
Scholastic, 2000
Grades 2-5
Picture book in English and Spanish describes how Carlos learns a life-long lesson affter planting corn for his father. Includes recipe for cornmeal pancakes.
Trumbauer, Lisa
Red Bricklearning, 2005
Grades 2-5
Early reader book about corn. Also available in Spanish.
From Kernel to Corncob
Weiss, Ellen
Children's, 2007
Grades PreK-3