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Lisa Storm – Science in Agriculture


ROB MCCLENDON: WITH FEWER
AND FEWER AMERICANS HAVING
GROWN UP ON A FARM, AN EFFORT IS UNDERWAY
IN SCHOOLS AROUND THE
NATION TO HELP STUDENTS UNDERSTAND WHERE THEIR
FOOD COMES FROM. IT’S CALLED AG IN THE
CLASSROOM AND ALISA HINES
MET UP WITH THEIR LATEST AWARD WINNING TEACHER. ALISA HINES: IT’S
SNOWING PAPER BALLS IN
LISA STORM’S CLASSROOM. LISA STORM: NOW GET ONE
THAT’S NOT YOUR OWN. ALISA: USING AG IN THE
CLASSROOM CURRICULUM
RESOURCES, LISA TEACHES SCIENCE USING EXAMPLES
FROM AGRICULTURE. [NATS]. STORM: EVEN THOUGH THE
SUBJECT WAS A GENERAL
SCIENCE SUBJECT LIKE MATTER: SOLID, LIQUID,
GAS, WE TIED IT IN WITH
WHAT’S REALLY HAPPENING TODAY, THE SNOW AND
THE WEATHER, AND THEN WE
TIED IT IN WITH HOW THAT AFFECTS THE CROPS AND
THE FARMERS AND THE
SITUATIONS AROUND US. ALISA: AND SINCE MOST OF
US ARE THREE OR FOUR
GENERATIONS REMOVED FROM THE FARM, BUT STILL
DEPENDENT UPON AGRICULTURE
TO EAT, LISA SAYS USING IT TO TEACH JUST MAKES SENSE. STORM: THERE’RE LOTS OF
REASONS WHY I USE AG IN
THE CLASSROOM THERE’RE SO MANY SUBJECTS YOU HAVE
TO TEACHER IN THIRD GRADE
AND YOU MIGHT AS WELL USE AGRICULTURE TOPICS
TO TEACH THEM RATHER
THAN ANYTHING ELSE. LIKE IF YOU’RE TEACHING
DRAWING CONCLUSIONS OR
MAKING AN INFERENCE, YOU COULD READ THINGS ABOUT
PENGUINS OR TAXIS IN NEW
YORK OR YOU COULD READ ABOUT SHEEP AND
WOOL AND PORK AND
WHEAT IN OKLAHOMA. ALISA: AND FOR SOME
STUDENTS, FINDING OUT
WHERE THEIR FOOD COMES FROM IS EYE OPENING. STORM: AT THE BEGINNING
OF THE SCHOOL YEAR I FIND
THAT MANY OF THEM DON’T REALIZE WHERE THEIR
FOOD COMES FROM AND
SO WE START WITH THAT. YOU KNOW, WHERE DOES THIS
HAMBURGER MEAT COME FROM
WHERE DOES PORK CHOP, WHERE DO PORK
CHOPS COME FROM? EVEN WHEAT; THEY NOTICE
WHEAT,THEY JUST DON’T
REALIZE ITS GROUND INTO MAKE FLOUR AND FLOUR MAKES
ALL THESE OTHER PRODUCTS. SO THAT’S A BIG ONE
THAT WE START ON. STUDENT: OKLAHOMA
HAS A CULTURE THAT
MAKES US STRONG. ALISA: NOW LISA’S STUDENTS
ARE SO EXCITED ABOUT WHAT
THEY ARE LEARNING THAT SHE MADE A VIDEO
OF THEM TALKING ABOUT
OKLAHOMA AGRICULTURE. [NATS]. STORM: I GOT MY IPAD OUT
AND WE’D DONE THE LESSON
OKLAHOMA AGRICULTURE, OKLAHOMA STRONG AND SO I
ASKED MY STUDENTS, WHAT DO
YOU REMEMBER FROM THIS? AND THEY STARTED STATING
THINGS SO THEN WE WROTE IT
DOWN; WROTE OUR SCRIPT AND WE PRACTICED. ALISA: AND AS THEY SAY,
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT,
TURNING THEIR VIDEO INTO AN AWARD WINNING ONE. AUDREY HARMON IS A STATE
COORDINATOR FOR OKLAHOMA’S
AG IN THE CLASSROOM AND SAYS THE CLASSES’ VIDEO
IS REALLY EYE CATCHING. AUDREY HARMON: SHE MADE
SURE HER CLASS KNEW ABOUT
AGRICULTURE THEY CHOSE AGRICULTURE-RELATED BOOKS
AND THEN AS SHE WENT
THROUGH THE CLASSROOM THEY WOULD SAY A LITTLE BIT
ABOUT AGRICULTURE AND
WHAT THEY HAD LEARNED. IT BROUGHT UP A LOT OF
GREAT DISCUSSIONS IN HER
CLASSROOM ABOUT WHERE THEIR FOOD COMES FROM. ALISA: NOW NOT ONLY DID
LISA WIN THE AG IN THE
CLASSROOM VIDEO CONTEST, BUT SHE ALSO WON
ANOTHER GREAT HONOR. [NATS]. HARMON: LISA IS A
FANTASTIC TEACHER. SHE’S A GREAT PROPONENT
FOR AGRICULTURE. AND SHE’S HELPED AG IN THE
CLASSROOM SPECIFICALLY BY
WRITING OVER FIFTY SMART BOARD LESSONS THAT WE CAN
USE AND OFFER TO TEACHERS
IN OUR STATE AND ALL ACROSS THE NATION. STORM: VERY EXCITED AND
SURPRISED AND HUMBLED
BECAUSE THERE’S SO MANY GOOD TEACHERS OUT THERE. ALISA: LISA STORM,
AG IN THE CLASSROOM
TEACHER OF THE YEAR.

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