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OERB Curricula

Written for Oklahoma teachers by Oklahoma teachers, the OERB's  hands-on curricula is as exciting to teach as they are to learn. Free of charge to educators across the state, the OERB curricula meets the Oklahoma Academic Standards.

The OERB education programs reach more than 100,000 Oklahoma students each school year. Teacher guides, workshops and activity kits are available free of charge. A $50 stipend and professional development hours are provided to all participants attending the workshops.


Spaces are limited for each workshop. Sign up early to attend the date of your choice. Registrants who sign up after a workshop is filled will be put on a waiting list.

For more information, contact the OERB at 1-800-664-1301 ext. 233 or e-mail teachers@oerb.com.


Pre-K Kit
Educators teaching students ages three to five are eligible to receive a free kit for the classroom. The kit contains the Petro Pete's Adventure book series. The kit also includes copies of the Petro Pete Activity Book, crayons and Petro Pete safety buttons to encourage well site safety. To receive a free kit, e-mail teachers@oerb.comPlease note: Pre-K educators are NOT eligible to attend workshops.


Little Bits

Little Bits (Grades K-2)  has eight lessons which cover reading, social studies, math and science standards while teaching about sound vibrations, force, physical properties and well site safety. This hands-on curriculum makes it fun for students in grades kindergarten through second to learn basic concepts about earth science, physical science and math through hands-on activities. Educators receive six professional development hours for attending this workshop. 


Fossils to Fuel
Fossils to Fuel (Grades 3-6)  is a hands-on science curriculum to help students learn about energy sources, geology, density, matter, porosity and sound waves. These eight lessons also teach math concepts like measurements, mass and volume, data organization, decimals and fractions. Educators receive six professional development hours for attending this workshop


Fossils to Fuel 2
Students studying Fossils to Fuel 2 (Grades 3-6) will team up with Petro Pete, OERB’s energy mascot, and learn how to use a dichotomous key to identify Oklahoma rocks.  Students will also use an animated geologic computer model to “look” below the surface of Oklahoma, use viscosity tubes to study flow rate, use ordered pairs and a coordinate grid to locate Petro Pete, and study rocks, crude oil, porosity, pulley systems, cohesion and recycling.is a continuation of the original Fossils to Fuel program. With seven lessons, this program combines science and math concepts while teaching about coordinate grids, viscosity, pulleys, density and recycling.  Educators receive six professional development hours for attending this workshop.


Petro Active
Petro Active (Grades 6-8) teaches middle school students about the formation and recovery of oil and natural gas and includes classroom energy experiments.  In seven lessons, Petro Active covers science topics such as geologic timescales and processes,  wavelength, amplitude, frequency, distillation, seismology and conservation. Educators receive seven professional development hours for attending this workshop.


Rockin' Ratios
Rockin' Ratios (Grades 5 through Pre Algebra) has three lessons covering mapping, tangrams, slope, algebraic reasoning, ratios and proportional relationships. Students will practice these concepts and learn more about how land descriptions are used in the energy industry, how the concept of slope is used in directional drilling and will complete the curriculum by designing their own storage tanks by calculating volume and surface area. Educators receive six professional development hours for attending this workshop.


Core Energy
Core Energy (Grades 9-12) is split into four programs. Students use activity-based modules in science, math, social studies and language arts. By utilizing activities that require critical thinking, students will be preparing for success on standardized tests like the ACT.  

Core Energy Language Arts is designed for secondary language arts teachers (grades 9-12).   Core Energy Language Arts is comprised of four lessons about detail and tone, textual evidence and inferences, using historical fiction, rhetoric, and pathos, logos and ethos. Educators receive six professional development hours for attending this workshop.

Core Energy Math is designed for secondary mathematics teachers (Pre Algebra and up). Core Energy Math contains three lessons which meet the Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 & 2 and Geometry state standards. They cover revenue/expenses, angles, functions, graphing and rate of change. Educators receive six professional development hours for attending this workshop.

Core Energy Science is designed for secondary science teachers (physical science and up) .   Core Energy Science exposes high school science students to flow rate, hydrocarbon structures, fractional distillation and bioremediation in four lessons. Educators receive seven professional development hours for attending this workshop.

Core Energy Social Studies is designed for secondary social studies teachers (Oklahoma History and up). Core Energy Social Studies uses eight lessons and focuses heavily on Oklahoma History, but also contains lessons on the US economy, the 1970s energy crisis and a history of Oklahoma’s energy industry. Educators receive six professional development hours for attending this workshop.



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