OAS—Oklahoma educators and content specialists participated in the writing, review and feedback process of the Oklahoma Academic Standards (OAS). More information about OAS is available on the Oklahoma Department of Education website at this link.
GFL—Geography for Life standards includes three major components which together represent the most current conception of what it means to be geographically literate. More information about GFL is available on the National Geographic website at this link.
CC—Some of the OKAGE curriculum from previous years was developed to meet Common Core standards. These standards are no longer used in Oklahoma but are used in many other states. The Common Core is a set of academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA) that provide an outline of what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade to ensure graduation from high school with the skills and knowledge to succeed in college, career, and life. More information about the ELA standards is available on the Common Core State Standards Initiative website at this link.
C3— The result of a three year state-led collaborative effort, the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards was developed to serve two audiences: for states to upgrade their state social studies standards and for practitioners — local school districts, schools, teachers and curriculum writers — to strengthen their social studies programs. Its objectives are to: a) enhance the rigor of the social studies disciplines; b) build critical thinking, problem solving and participatory skills to become engaged citizens; and c) align academic programs to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies. More information about the C3 standards is available on the National Council for the Social Studies website as this link.
Geography 101 livebinder resources for all geography teachers
OKAGE has a new web-based collection of Ready-to-Use Classroom Resources for middle school geography teachers! Veteran teachers, please pass along this information to new teachers in your school this year. These resources will assist everyone with "smooth-sailing" and effective implementation of our state’s Oklahoma Academic Standards! Enjoy!
This resource is made available as part from a grant by the National Geographic Education Fund and OKAGE Teacher Consultant Pamela Merrill, Lead Facilitator for last summer’s teacher institute, Geography 101.
Free geography resources for oklahoma middle school geography teachers from the oklahoma social studies supervisors association (OSSSA)
This past fall marked the opening efforts of collaboration and publication of shared instructional resources from a consortium of Oklahoma curriculum coordinators, school district curriculum specialists, and special interest non-profit organizations associated with OSSSA, including OKAGE. Under the leadership of our State Director, Brenda Chapman, this collection of lesson ideas, classroom presentations, and teaching strategies is provided for every teacher seeking to supplement their adopted texts and classroom materials. Our first efforts have been targeting the Oklahoma Academic Standards for middle school geography, Grades 6 and 7. Most of the cooperating district leaders identified the need for timely and appropriate resources for grades 6 and 7 social studies to be of "top priority". There are over 40 linked groups of geographic resources for each grade level! We hope you will enjoy accessing and using this collection, which is housed on the Oklahoma Council for the Social Studies website at this link.