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Grade 3: Social Studies Content Skills

Content Standard 4: The student will analyze the significant events and historic personalities contributing to the development of the state Oklahoma

  1. Understand and describe the relationship between historic events and chronology through the creation of basic timelines (CCRIT 3)
  2. Read and interpret primary sources related to key events in Oklahoma’s past to demonstrate understanding of a text including Catlin’s artwork, Sequoyah’s syllabary, news accounts and photographs of the land openings, and the Dust Bowl, as well as the musical lyrics of This Land is Our Land and the state song, Oklahoma. (CCRIT 1)

Oklahoma History Center Education Resources

African Americans in Oklahoma trunk and traveling exhibit: trunk description
African American Civil Rights Movement in Oklahoma e-exhibit
American Indians in Oklahoma trunk and e-exhibit: trunk description | e-exhibit
(Okietales) Cowboy trunk: trunk description
Dust Bowl and Great Depression trunk: trunk description
Dust Bowl Housewife living history
Harvey Girl living history
(Okietales) Land Runs trunk: trunk description
Pioneer Woman living history
“Indian Territory and Land Openings,” map
“The Oklahoma State Seal,” and “The Osage Shield,” coloring sheets

The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture

Anderson, William L. “Sequoyah
Everett, Dianna “Land Openings,” "Oklahoma!,” “State Emblems
Green, Donald E. “Settlement Patterns
Hunt, David C. "Catlin, George
Logsdon, Guy “Guthrie, Woodrow Wilson
Wilhite, Donald A. “Dust Bowl

Research Center Resources


  • Basel, Roberta. Sequoyah: Inventor of written Cherokee (Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2007)
  • Bonnefield, Matthew Paul. The Dust Bowl: Men, Dirt, and Depression (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1979)
  • Egan, Timothy. The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., c2006)
  • Floyd, Fred. A History of the Dust Bowl (Norman: University of Oklahoma, 1950)
  • Foreman, Grant. Sequoyah (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1938)
  • Hassrick, Royal B. The George Catlin Book of American Indians (New York: Promontory Press, 1981)
  • Hoig, Stan. Sequoyah: The Cherokee Genius (Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Historical Society, 1995)
  • Johnson, Vance. Heaven’s Tableland: The Dust Bowl Story (New York: Farrar, Straus, 1947)
  • “Land Openings,” “Land Runs,” The Gateway to Oklahoma History
  • Quimby, George I. Indians of the Western Frontier: Paintings of George Catlin (Chicago: Chicago Natural History Museum, 1954)
  • Seeger, Pete. Woody Guthrie Folk Songs: A Collection of Songs by America’s Foremost Balladeer (New York: Ludlow Music, c1963)
  • “State Emblems” (vertical file, OHS)
  • “The Emblems of Oklahoma Collection, 1933–72” (1979.087, Minor Collections, OHS)
  • Turner, Alvin O. Letters from the Dust Bowl (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2001)
  • Worster, Donald. Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s (New York: Oxford University Press, 1979)


  • “Black Sunday” radio broadcast, K-101 Woodward, 3/24/1935 (H1984.112, Oklahoma Historical Society Oral History Collection, OHS)
  • “Land Openings” (Thomas N. Athey Collection, photographs, box 1, OHS)
  • “Okie Madonna on Trail, Seeking Refuge from Dust” (21171.11, Minneapolis Public Library Collection, OHS)
  • Oklahoma Historical Society Oral History Collection, Dust Bowl
  • Oklahoma Historical Society Photograph Collection, Dust Bowl
  • “Ready for the Race, April 22, 1899” (3946, H.R. Voth Collection, OHS)
  • US Soil Conservation Service photographs (T. Bone McDonald Collection, photographs, box 1, OHS)
  • The Dust Bowl (2012), directed by Ken Burns, a production of Florentine Films and WETA Television, PBS
  • The Dust Bowl (F2013.134.2.0017, WKY-TV Film Collection, OHS)
  • “We Want Claims in the Strip, Sept. 11th, 1893” (20649.6, Anna Lee Shetler Collection, OHS)

Additional Resources

  • Bell, Judith and Nora Guthrie, eds., Woody Guthrie Songs (New York: TRO Ludlow Music, 1999)
  • Hurt, R. Douglas. The Dust Bowl: An Agricultural and Social History (Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1981)

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