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National Agriculture in the Classroom


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

Innovative Programming Conducted and Educational Resources Developed

New Educational Resources:
  • Oklahoma Agriculture Magazine
  • 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)
  • Soil, Plants, & Animals Oh My!
  • Phonological and Phonemic Awareness Around the Farm
  • Agricultural Careers Student Readers
  • Agricultural Careers Cards
Updated Student Resources:
  • Red Dirt Symbols Student Magazine
New Early Childhood Lessons:
  • All About Christmas Trees
New Elementary Lessons:
  • Natural or Artificial
  • Oh, Christmas Tree
Updated Early Childhood Lessons:
  • How to Pick the Best
Updated Elementary Lessons:
  • The Art of Growing Things
Updated Middle/High School Lessons:
  • Save Our Soil - Exploring Agricultural Land Use
  • Mud in the Water
  • Melon Meiosis
  • Hot Off the Grill
  • They Don’t Just Eat Grass
  • A Market for Goats
  • Bubbles in the Cabbage Juice
Website Updates:
  • Updated 2021 Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year
  • Added 2021 Ag Day video to the website
  • Added overall winning AITC Contest artwork to website
  • Added 2022 AITC Contest Information to Website

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.