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National Agriculture in the Classroom


Summary 2019 — Oklahoma

State Contact

Ms Audrey Harmon
Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
2800 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
P: 405.740.0160

Classroom Resources

Oklahoma AITC Seed Packets for classroom use and planting- 5 different packets were created including: lettuce, carrots, radishes, tomatoes, or pumpkins. Not available online. New student resource "The Difference between Cotton and Wool" New student resource "Does Chocolate Milk Come from Brown Cows?" New student resource and classroom poster "The Engineering Process." Available in Early Childhood/Lower Elementary version and Upper Elementary-High School version. 24 New Kahoot! Games Christmas Peppermint Silly Putty Recipe REVISED HIGH SCHOOL LESSONS: Agricultural Algebra: Farmland Agricultural Algebra: Welcome to the Farm At the Sale Barn Coats and Genes: Genetic Traits in Cattle Norman Borlaug: Hunger Fighter (English Language Arts/Social Studies) Norman Borlaug: Hunger Fighter (Math/Science) Playing in the Dirt: Discovering Soil REVISED MIDDLE SCHOOL LESSONS: Coats and Genes: Genetic Traits in Cattle Norman Borlaug: Hunger Fighter (English Language Arts/Social Studies) Norman Borlaug: Hunger Fighter (Math/Science) Playing in the Dirt: Discovering Soil The Role of Fire Which Little Piggy: Ear Notching REVISED ELEMENTARY LESSONS: Come Into My Parlor Garden Grid Punkin' Chunkin'

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

23,218 Oklahoma students listened to or read an Accurate Ag Book on National Read an Accurate Ag Book day. One Oklahoma US Senator, two State Representatives, the Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture, and 38 other volunteers along with teachers, librarians, 4-H and FFA members read to the students. This is an increase of 21,361 students from 2018. 250 educators attended the 2019 Oklahoma AITC State Summer Conference and participated in workshops led by teachers from across the state. 477 pre-service teachers attended college workshops at 13 of the state universities where they received AITC training in 2019. 173 teachers from 85 schools in Oklahoma, representing 45 counties, submitted 4,522 student entries in the 2019 AITC Contest. Winners were recognized at their schools and at Ag Day at the State Capitol. 12 educators Received $500 Oklahoma Pork Council Grants to teach Ag in the Classroom lessons to their students. 51 educators traveled across Oklahoma on a three dayAg on Rt 66" traveling workshop and received AITC training while experiencing agriculture at farms and ranches. 78% of tour participants had never traveled with AITC before. 100% said they had a deeper appreciation for agriculture and those who provide their food, clothes, and shelter.100% said the tour was a valuable professional development opportunity. 98% stated their comfort level in teaching agriculture increased due to the tour and 100% also planned to incorporate more agriculture into their classroom. 27 teachers attended the "Exploring STEM and Literacy through Agriculture" PD at the Noble Research Institute hosted by AITC. 19 participants, 8 of whom were teachers, from Oklahoma attended the National AITC Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. Two were recognized as CHS Scholarship recipients, one was recognized as Oklahoma AITC Teacher of the Year, and one was recognized as a National Excellence in Teaching Agriculture Award winner. Six workshops were presented by Oklahoma educators which had 320 total participants. 103 teachers from across Oklahoma chose to attend Ag in the Classroom sessions at the State Department of Education's Regional EngageOK Summer Conferences. 34% of the teachers who attended the AITC sessions during EngageOK had never attended an AITC workshop, tour, or conference. 45 Elementary Librarians attended the Oklahoma AITC "Been There, 'Herd' That, Got the Book" Conference. They all received eight new accurate agriculture books, five new sets of student readers, an AITC lesson packet, and a spreadsheet connecting the AASL Framework for librarians with ideas to include agriculture. 58% of the participants were first time Ag in the Classroom participants. As librarians, they will make an impact on 21,553 students in 25 counties across Oklahoma. 12,174 teachers and administrators receive an email from Oklahoma AITC, each month about new lessons, upcoming events, and special celebrations for the coming month. 26,819 AITC resources were mailed or delivered to teachers in Oklahoma to use in their classrooms with students. The Oklahoma AITC Website has had 71,241 website visits during 2019. The Oklahoma AITC lessons were downloaded 7,798 times. Oklahoma AITC has 5,292 Facebook followers, 558 Twitter followers, 386 Instagram followers, and 733 monthly viewers on Pinterest. The Oklahoma AITC YouTube Channel has had 5,986 total views (not just during 2019). Oklahoma AITC now has 87 Kahoot games with 755 plays by 6,021 players.


Audrey Harmon is a coordinator for Ag in the Classroom at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry in the Market Development Division. She taught kindergarten for 13 years before becoming a State AITC Coordinator. Audrey was the Oklahoma AITC Teacher of the Year in 2009 and won the National Excellence in Teaching Agriculture Award in 2010. Audrey has been involved with Ag in the Classroom for 15 years, eight of which she has been employed by the program. She has provided professional development for teachers across the state, presented at state and national AITC conferences, and has developed resources, written lessons, and created Teacher Feature Videos for Ag in the Classroom. Audrey has a BS in Early Childhood Education from Oklahoma State University. Her husband Burton is the Safety Program and Special Events Director at Oklahoma Farm Bureau and is a youth pastor. She has three sons.