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Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom



September is National Chicken Month

In 2017, poultry and eggs were the third most valuable agricultural commodity in Oklahoma.

September is Food Safety Education Month

AITC Food Safety Lessons:

September is Organic Harvest Month

In 2018 Oklahoma has 60 certified organic farms.

  • Explore the different meanings of the word "organic" in this lesson.
  • Examine the differences between organic and conventionally-produced foods and learn to identify fact, opinion and various propoganda techniques with this lesson: Organic or Conventional?
September 13 is the birthday of children's author and illustrator Robert McCloskey.
Make Way for Ducklings

One day McCloskey noticed some ducks crossing the road and holding up traffic. He decided they would be a good subject for a picture book. He wanted to observe them more closely in order to draw them, so he picked up four ducks and took them home to his studio apartment in Boston. He said, "The ducks had plenty to say—especially in the morning. I spent the next weeks on my hands and knees, armed with a box of Keenex and a sketchbook, following the ducks around the studio and observing them in the bathtub." All that observation and drawing became Make Way for Ducklings(1941), which won a Caldecott. (from Garrison Keillor's "Writer's Almanac," September 15, 2009. Scroll down.)

The Sick Chicken The Sick Chicken, 1874 by Winslow Homer