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Summary 2021 — Oklahoma

State Contact

Ms. Emily Ague
Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
2800 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
P: 405.885.1851
E: Emily.Ague@ag.ok.gov
Website

Innovative Programming Conducted and Educational Resources Developed

New Educational Resources:
  • Oklahoma Agriculture Magazine
    https://oklahoma.agclassroom.org/resources_classroom/activity_agmagazine/
  • 15 Agriculture Activity Tear sheets in 3 different formats: Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle/High School (Alpacas, Beef Cattle, Chickens, Corn, Cotton, Dairy Cattle, Goats, Horses, Mushrooms, Peanuts, Sesame, Sheep, Soybeans, Swine, Wheat)
    https://oklahoma.agclassroom.org/resources_classroom/activitysheets/
  • Soil, Plants, & Animals Oh My!
    https://oklahoma.agclassroom.org/resources_classroom/soil/
  • Phonological and Phonemic Awareness Around the Farm
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srMjSV-1suI&t=3s
  • Agricultural Careers Student Readers
  • Agricultural Careers Cards
Updated Student Resources:
  • Red Dirt Symbols Student Magazine
    https://cdn.agclassroom.org/ok/resources_classroom/reddirt_symbols.pdf
New Early Childhood Lessons:
  • All About Christmas Trees
    https://cdn.agclassroom.org/ok/lessons/forestry/all_christmas.pdf
New Elementary Lessons:
  • Natural or Artificial
    https://cdn.agclassroom.org/ok/lessons/forestry/natural.pdf
  • Oh, Christmas Tree
    https://cdn.agclassroom.org/ok/lessons/forestry/oh_christmas.pdf
Updated Early Childhood Lessons:
  • How to Pick the Best
  • https://cdn.agclassroom.org/ok/lessons/intermed/buyveg.pdf
Updated Elementary Lessons:
  • The Art of Growing Things
    https://cdn.agclassroom.org/ok/lessons/intermed/artgrow.pdf
Updated Middle/High School Lessons:
  • Save Our Soil - Exploring Agricultural Land Use
    https://cdn.agclassroom.org/ok/lessons/soil/savesoil.pdf
  • Mud in the Water
    https://cdn.agclassroom.org/ok/lessons/soil/mudwater.pdf
  • Melon Meiosis
    https://cdn.agclassroom.org/ok/lessons/watermelon/meiosis.pdf
  • Hot Off the Grill
    https://cdn.agclassroom.org/ok/lessons/beef/grill.pdf
  • They Don’t Just Eat Grass
    https://cdn.agclassroom.org/ok/lessons/beef/grass.pdf
  • A Market for Goats
    https://cdn.agclassroom.org/ok/lessons/lessons/goat.pdf
  • Bubbles in the Cabbage Juice
    https://cdn.agclassroom.org/ok/lessons/upper/cabbage.pdf
Website Updates:
  • Updated 2021 Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year
    https://ok.agclassroom.org/about/teachers_ok2021/
  • Added 2021 Ag Day video to the website
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2y-Mww_a6g
  • Added overall winning AITC Contest artwork to website
    https://oklahoma.agclassroom.org/contest/
  • Added 2022 AITC Contest Information to Website
    https://oklahoma.agclassroom.org/contest/

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

Oklahoma AITC has diligently worked to create equal resources for early childhood, elementary, middle and high school teachers and students. The impact of our program on middle and high school teachers have not been as strong in years past, but our numbers have increased this year. We have created several resources that are available in early childhood, elementary, and middle/high school levels so they are available for all students. Also, the large increase in requested resources on our online Google Form reveals that more of resources are being used in Oklahoma classrooms.

Program Leader Biosketch

Emily Ague is a coordinator for Ag in the Classroom at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry in the Market Development Division. She taught Agricultural Education for 8 years before becoming a State AITC Coordinator. Emily has a BS in Agricultural Education from Oklahoma State University and a M.Ed. in School Administration from Northeastern State University. She has been involved with Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom program for about 10 years, spending the last two and a half as a state coordinator. Emily has provided professional development for teachers across the state, presented at state and national AITC conferences, written numerous grants, and developed resources and curriculum for the AITC program. Her husband is a Deputy Sheriff in Grady County, Oklahoma and her daughter is a junior in high school.