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National Agriculture in the Classroom


Summary 2020 — 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

Resources were made available to teachers online in order to ensure resources were still disseminated to schools even with the coordinators not able to go into schools for professional development workshops. Four "Journey 2050 Kits" were assembled for educators to check out to use in their schools while using the Journey 2050 program. We developed the following resources:

New Student Resources:

  • Oklahoma Ag Career-opoly Board Game -
  • Oklahoma Commodity Bookmarks with Fun Facts -
  • Red Dirt Symbols Student Magazine -
  • 18 Oklahoma Specialty Crop Activity Sheets -

Updated Student Resources:

  • ABC's of Oklahoma Agriculture Coloring Book -

New Early Childhood Lessons:

  • Counting Sheep or People? Census 2020 -
  • Pop, Pop, Popcorn -

New Elementary Lessons:

  • Modifying the Plow -
  • American Farmers Count! -

New Middle/High School Lessons:

  • Pancakes, Please -
  • How Germs Spread -

Updated Early Childhood Lessons:

  • Egg Toss -
  • A Day Without Ag -
  • An Apple a Day -
  • Plant Parts We Eat -

Updated Elementary Lessons:/

  • Pop, Pop, Popcorn -
  • Three Sisters -
  • Breaking Them Down: Careers in Ag -
  • Ag in My Community -
  • Corn Field Math and Science -
  • Modifying the Plow -
  • Punkin' Chunkin' -
  • Think in Pictures: Like Dr. Grandin -
  • Garden Grid -
  • How Germs Spread -
  • Get the Point -
  • Read Before You Eat -
  • A Lucky Break -
  • Come Into My Parlor -
  • Corn Then and Now -
  • Pancakes, Please -
  • Sunny Sunflowers -

Updated Middle/High School Lessons:

  • Four Norman Borlaug Lessons
  • A Priceless Collection-
  • Corn Field Math and Science -
  • Think in Pictures: Like Dr. Grandin -
  • Fit with Fiber -
  • Bovine Oversteps Boundaries -
  • Melons in Prose and Poetry -
  • Organic or Conventional -
  • Woolaroc -
  • Ag in Poetry -

Website Updates:

  • 21 Kahoot Challenge games added during COVID shutdown in the spring -

AITC Contest Winners added -

Summer Conference Workshop Sessions -

Online AITC Resource Request -

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

AITC staff created social media post which engaged more people than our traditional post from the end of March-May. This gave the staff opportunities to engage with followers which did not previously exist. This also prompted our states "Oklahoma Farm Report" daily ag news person, Ron Hays, to feature AITC weekly. The social media posts included: mAGnificent Monday, Ag Technology Tuesday, Ag Around the World Wednesday, Think About Ag Thursday, and Farm Fun Friday.

Program Leader Biosketch

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 16 years, nine 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 serves on the National AITC Executive Committee. Audrey has a BS in Early Childhood Education from Oklahoma State University. Her husband is the Safety Program and Special Events Director at Oklahoma Farm Bureau and is a youth pastor. They have four sons and a daughter.