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This Weeks Ag in the Classroom Features The Fun of Fishing!

Tue, 19 May 2020 07:55:53 CDT

This Weeks Ag in the Classroom Features The Fun of Fishing! Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, many businesses and schools have closed down to practice social distancing. Many parents are at home with their kiddos, wondering, "What do we do now?" Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom has come up with some excellent daily activities you can do with your kids and family.

Today we are featuring Ag Tech Tuesday where the focus is Fishing! Fishing is a fun activity you can do alone, or with your family and friends, and can make for a pretty fantastic dinner too! Did you know that fish can be raised on farms also? Aquaculture, is the process of farming or growing animals and plants in a controlled water environment. According to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, there are 22 licensed Aquaculture producers in Oklahoma. They raise a wide variety of fish including Bluegill, Koi, Catfish, Bass, Tilapia, and many more!!

You can sit down together and create "Fish in a Bottle" where students can build fish ecosystems and observe and write about changes they observe. You can also learn about the life of a catfish, and even make an edible aquarium! Check out all the resources and recipes here. They can also learn about what fish live in Oklahoma bodies of water like man made lakes, ponds, and surface acres of water.

Students can also learn about Aquaculture, Fish farming, and all the types of fish tha tlive in oceans, lakes, or rivers. Channel catfish is the primary species of farm-raised fish in the US. The grandparents of most of the channel catfish raised in the US are probably from Oklahoma! Catfish do not have scales, they need oxygen to live, they use gills to breathe oxgen, and they hide during the day!

Don't forget, Ag in the Classroom offers daily activities to do with your kiddos on their website, and their facebook page.



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