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Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom

Classroom Resources

Agriculture-Related Books

Crops — Forestry

The Little Yellow Leaf
Berger, Carin
Greenwillow, 2008
Grades PreK-3

Life in a Forestry Community (Learn About Rural Life)
Flatt, Lizann
Crabtree, 2009
Grades 4-6
Overview of what it's like to live in a rural community that depends on the forestry industry. Includes an index, glossary and bibliography, including web sites.
Examining Forest Habitats (Graphic Organizers, Habitats)
King, Zelda
PowerKids, 2009
Grades 4-8

Take a Tree Walk (Take a Walk Series)
Kirkland, Jane
Stillwater, 2002
Grades 4-6
Exploring the world of trees on foot, children learn to identify different species and various parts of a tree, why trees turn colors in autumn, how to estimate the height and age of a tree, what trees need to survive and the important role trees play in our lives.
The Tree Farmer
Leavell, Chuck, and Nicholas Cravotta
VSP, 2005
A grandfather who owns a tree farm takes his grandson on a magical journey through the forest, where trees become musical intruments, books, a baby's crib and more. The story explains the vital role that trees play in our lives, providing us with the wood for our homes, furniture and other products, and mankind's responsibility to protect and care for them.
From Tree to Paper
Marshall, Pam
Lerner, 2002
Grades PreK-3
Early reader book that begins with replanting a forest to foster the concept of trees as a renewable resource. Excellent photos depict modern production and processing from tree to paper. Includes a glossary.
We Planted a Tree
Muldrow, Diane, and Bob Staake
Golden, 2010
Grades PreK-4
A family in Brooklyn plants a tree; turn the page and a Kenyan family plants a tree on the bare African savanna. A poem about the wondrous benefits of trees. Trees provide shade, help clean the air and provide food for many. Illustrations take readers around the globe with scenes from Paris, Tokyo and elsewhere.
Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maatha
Nivola, Claire A.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008
Grades 4-6
Kenyan activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai encourages people to repair their economy, land and health by planting more trees. Tracking forward from Maathai's childhood to the rich landscape of Kenya's highlands, the words and pictures show how Maathai's deep connection with nature as a youth inspired her to develop sustainable practices as an adult.
A Log's Life
Pfeffer, Wendy, and Robin Brickman
Aladdin, 2007
Grades K-3
After an oak tree falls in the forest, it has another life as home to a variety of creatures. As it decays over time, it provides food and shelter to porcupines, ants, mushrooms, salamanders, and many others, until it eventually turns into a mound of rich black earth. Very young children love spotting the animals as they learn about the life cycle of a tree. Full color.
Christmas Tree Farm
Purmell, Ann
Holiday House, 2006
Grades 2-6
A comprehensive look at Christmas tree farming that examines the production and marketing of Christmas trees. It begins with harvest on a family-owned Christmas tree farm but progresses to planting tree seedlings in the spring. It includes tree trimming and examines the benefits of tree farming to wildlife.
The Life Cycle of an Oak Tree (Plant Life Cycles)
Tagliaferro, Linda
Capstone, 2007
Grades PreK-2
Watch acorns grow into tall oak trees. Learn about this tree's life cycle from start to finish.
American Forests: Guide to Plants and Animals
Wallace, Marianne D.
Fulcrum, 2009
Grades 4-6
Description of many different kinds of forests, forest layers, changing seasons and forest habitat.
The Christmas Tree Ship
Winter, Jeanette
Guest Cottage, 2002
Grades K-3
Winter relates the tale of a young schooner captain who traveled treacherous Lake Michigan each year at Christmas to supply Chicagoans with spruce trees for their holiday celebrations. When his boat was lost during one particularly bad winter, his wife and family chose to honor his memory and celebrate the holiday by continuing the tradition he started.