Pumpkins are a great manipulative for math and science exploration. These activities are ideal to follow up field trips and make the most of the natural connections between pumpkins and math and science.
When Oregon farmers grow crops and livestock they do more than just produce food. Many other things happen as a result of agriculture. That's called a "ripple effect." Agriculture creates food that must be transported, processed and sold. Many things are necessary to produce the food you eat.
Students will sharpen their observation, listening and vocabulary skills with this poetry writing exercise that
features items with an agriculture connection. For higher grades, have students create a haiku, acrositc, mirrored
refrain or cinquain poems.
Students describe the life cycle of the pumpkin by slowly pulling the seed, leaf, flowers and growing pumpkins from their very own, handmade Jack-o'-lantern. A great activity to wrap up a pumpkin lesson around Halloween.
Oregon farmers and ranchers grow and produce more than 220 different commodities. In fact, Oregon is in the top 3 states for most diverse crops, climates, topography, and agriculture variety. This worksheet, ABCs of Oregon Agriculture, will teach students about the amazing agricultural diversity.
Agriculture, Language Arts, Natural Resources
| Age: K - 5th
Apples to Oregon, written by Oregon author Deborah Hopkinson, is a delightful tall tale containing the best elements of a good “whopper." After reading the book, students make “growing” bracelets and learn about the basic elements plants really need to grow and thrive.
Language Arts, Literacy Projects, Plants
| Age: K - 4th