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This Week's Ag in the Classroom Features Toys, Christmas Trees & Cotton!

Tue, 17 Nov 2020 09:28:55 CST

This Week's Ag in the Classroom Features Toys, Christmas Trees & Cotton! We haven't celebrated Thanksgiving Just yet, but its never too early to start thinking about fun things to do with your Students and kids in December. Ag in the Classroom has many great lessons for your students to explore during December. Here are a few to get you started:

Toys Now and Then--Many of the toys and gadgets your students are expecting as holiday gifts are made from plastics made with soybeans or corn. Henry Ford experimented with soy-based plastics in the production of his cars. In 1940 he swung an axe at a car trunk to demonstrate the durability of soy plastics.

Cotton Lessons--If you have cotton fields in your area, now would be the time to get cotton bolls. Cotton has been an important crop in Oklahoma since statehood. Oklahoma cotton fields produced 864,000 bales of cotton in 1907. Production in 2017 was estimated at 1.02 million 480-pound bales, up 65% from 2016. Acres harvested were estimated at 555,000, up 265,000 acres from the previous year.

O Christmas Tree--The idea of decorating an evergreen tree as part of winter solstice celebrations comes from many lands and cultures. Coniferous trees have needle-like leaves and produce cones. These trees do not lose their needles in the fall. The needles drop off a little at a time during the year, especially in late summer. Although the trees remain green, they are not growing in the wintertime. Plants that remain green in the winter remind us that spring will return, and once again the land will be lush and productive.

And don't forget to apply for Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom 2021 Teacher of the year!

--teach AITC lessons and explore agriculture with your students?
--encourage students to enter AITC contests?
--have a passion to teach your students about the importance of agriculture in their lives?
--enjoy sharing your love of teaching and agriculture with other teachers?

If you answered YES to any of the above questions, please consider applying for Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom 2021 Teacher of the Year! Apply here!



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