October 12 is National Farmer’s Day. I’d decided to write something about Oklahoma’s wonderful Ag in the Classroom program for teachers, when I noticed that there was a special day for farmers. We can’t do without our farmers. They feed the world. And, Ag in the Classroom helps us learn about agriculture and farming.
They say in the Ag in the Classroom program that you can’t have an agless day. And, they’re right. From the food we eat, the clothing we wear, the bedding we sleep on, and the wood we use to heat our homes or roast our marshmallows, all are a part of agriculture. In fact, ag constantly touches our lives.
Ag in the Classroom has wonderful programs and lessons for teachers. Melody Aufill, Audrey Harmon, and Emily Ague are professional educational coordinators for the program. They visit Oklahoma schools, provide workshops, and write curriculum as needed to help teachers learn more about agriculture. Their lessons are aligned with state standards in English, Science, Social Studies and Math.
There are many lessons available for teachers. If you need more information about beans, bees, and beef, there are lessons for those topics. Do you need to know more about hogs, horses, or hay? There are lessons available. Do you know how to measure a horse in “hands”? There’s a lesson for that. The lessons provide needed information and have activities to accompany them.
Although there are many topics to teach in schools, I feel that learning about agriculture is important, too. One year, I received a map of Oklahoma commodities. It showed which ag products were produced or grown in different Oklahoma counties. I hung it on a wall in a hallway, and the children were fascinated by it. They found that some counties raised more beef while others counties raised more wheat or peanuts. There was always a crowd around the map as children learned more about Oklahoma’s ag products.
So Happy Farmer’s Day!
And, thanks, Ag in the Classroom, for what you do to help all of us learn more about agriculture.
Look up this link: www.agclassroom.org/ok/