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Oklahoma Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

Oklahoma is one of the 50 states in the United States. This lesson will teach you about Oklahoma, how it got its nickname, where you can find it on a map, how big it is, and some other cool facts about this state.

Where is Oklahoma?

Imagine taking a very long car ride with your family. You start at the very southern tip of Texas and drive in a straight line north. After driving more than 600 miles, you are finally in a new state. On the map, it looks like a pot with a handle and jagged, broken bottom. You are in Oklahoma!

Map of Oklahoma
Map of Oklahoma

Oklahoma was the 46th state to become part of the United States in 1907 and sits above northern Texas. It also shares a border with Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas. It would fit inside Texas almost 4 times!

The capital city of Oklahoma is Oklahoma City. It's easy to remember because it has the state's name in it and you will find this city in the middle of the state.

Every state has a nickname and Oklahoma's nickname is the Sooner State. It got this name because some of the first settlers went in sooner than they should have to claim land without the government's permission. It's like running a relay race but not waiting for the person in front to tag you before you take off!

If you like big animals that weigh about 2,000 pounds, you'll like Oklahoma's state animal, which is the buffalo.

However, you might be surprised at the state vegetable, which is the watermelon! Most people consider watermelon a fruit, and plant scientists usually think of it as a fruit, too. But because it's also related to pumpkins and squash, some people also think of it as a vegetable. Whatever you call it, it's sweet, juicy, and delicious!

The Golden Driller of Tulsa

In the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, you will find a huge yellow statue of a man called the Golden Driller of Tulsa. It represents the people who drilled for oil in Oklahoma in the past and today. Oil is still a very important resource for this state.

The Golden Driller of Tulsa statue
The Golden Driller of Tulsa statue

The statue is 76 feet tall, which is about as tall as 4 giraffes standing on each other's backs, and weighs about the same as 4 Asian elephants!

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