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Oklahoma was the 46th state in the USA; it became a state on November 16, 1907.
State Abbreviation - OK
State Capital - Oklahoma City
Largest City - Oklahoma City
Area - 69,903 square miles [Oklahoma is the 20th biggest state in the USA]
Population - 3,450,654 (as of 2000) [Oklahoma is the 27th most populous state in the USA]
Name for Residents - Oklahomans
Major Industries - farming (wheat, cattle), oil, natural gas
Oklahoma State Symbols
The Oklahoma State FlagFlag.jpeg
The State flag features an Osage warrior's shield on a blue background. An olive branch and a calumet, or peace pipe, lay across the shield. Seven eagle feathers decorate the shield. Both of these items are symbols of peace. The design was officially adopted as Oklahoma's flag in 1926. In 1941 the word "Oklahoma" was added beneath the shield.
The Great Seal of the State of OklahomaSeal.jpeg
The State Seal features a five-pointed star. In the center of the star is the state motto "Labor Omnia Vincit." Columbia, a symbol of justice, stands between a pioneer and an American Indian clasping hands.

Inside each point is an emblem of one of the Five Civilized Tribes. In the background of the seal are 45 stars, representing the forty five states in the Union. Oklahoma was the forty-sixth state.

Animal
Buffalo (Bison bison)
The buffalo, or bison, was adopted as the state animal in 1972. Buffalo are large mammals with a brown coat, a large hump, and shaggy hair around the head. Buffalo can reach up to 2,000 pounds and stand almost six feet tall. Buffalo were an important source of food for the American Indians.

Furbearer
Raccoon (Algonquian arathkone)
Adopted in 1989.
Game Animal
White-tailed Deer
The white-tailed deer has a brown coat in the summer, and turns gray throughout the rest of the year. Males grow large antlers, and can weigh over 200 pounds.

Bird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Muscivora forficate)
The scissor-tailed flycatcher was named the state bird in 1951. The scissortail has a mostly gray body with a long forked tail.
Game Bird
Wild Turkey

Photo courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department © 2006. Flying Mammal
Mexican Free-tailed Bat
Reptile
Collared Lizard, or Mountain Boomer (Crotaphytus collaris)
The Collared Lizard is a brightly colored reptile that can grow up to a foot long. The name "collared" comes from the dark bands around the lizards neck.
Amphibian
Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)
The bullfrog was adopted as the state amphibian in 1997.

Fish
Sandbass, or White Bass (Morone chrysops)
Butterfly
Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)
This butterfly is mostly black, with a row of colored spots. Males have yellow markings, while females have yellow and blue accents.
Insect
Honeybee (Apis mellifera)

Fruit
Strawberry
The strawberry was adopted in 1995. For 60 years the town of Stilwell has held an annual strawberry festival to celebrate this fruit and the farmers who grow it.

Vegetable
Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus)
The watermelon is Oklahoma's most recent symbol. It was adopted in September of 2007.

Flower
Oklahoma Rose

Wild Flower
Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella)
The Indian Blanket, or Blanket Flower, is a daisy-shaped flower with red petals tipped with yellow.

Floral Emblem
Mistletoe (Phoradendron serotinum)
Mistletoe is Oklahoma's oldest symbol, orginally chosen as the state flower in 1893. It was later changed to the state floral emblem.
Tree
Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
The Redbud is a colorful tree with small pink flowers. It was chosen in 1937.

Grass
Indiangrass (Sorhastrum nutans)

Soil
Port Silt Loam (Cumulic haplustolls)

Rock
Rose Rock (Barite rose)
These rare rocks, sometimes called "Cherokee Roses" are only found in Oklahoma. Their red coloring and petal-like shape resemble a rose.
Fossil
Saurophaganax Maximus
Crystal
Hourglass Selenite Crystal

Beverage
Milk
Meal
Fried Okra, Squash, Cornbread, Barbeque Pork, Biscuits, Sausage & Gravy, Grits, Corn, Strawberries, Chicken Fried Steak, Black-eyed Peas, and Pecan Pie
Cartoon Character
Gusty, created by Don Woods
Monument
The Golden Driller
The Golden Driller stands 76 feet tall. A plaque at the base of the driller reads "The Golden Driller, a symbol of the International Petroleum Exposition. Dedicated to the men of the petroleum industry who by their vision and daring have created from God's abundance a better life for mankind."
Percussive Instrument
Drum
Musical Instrument
Fiddle
Nickname
The Sooner State
Motto
Labor Omnia Vincit, latin for "Labor Conquers All Things"
Flag Salute
"I salute the flag of the State of Oklahoma. Its symbols and peace unite all people."
Colors
Green & White

Other information the student want to share:
Oklahoma is a plains state, mostly flat but with lakes, farms, prairie, and a couple of mountain ranges known as The Wichitas and the Arbuckles. We also have the Alabaster Caverns known for a large bat population.

Our state opened with a Land Run in 1889 whereby pioneers staked claim to land. In 2007 we celebrated our first 100 years as a state.

Today we have several country singers who claim Oklahoma as home including Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, and Woody Guthrie, and Vince Gill. Our sports teams include the Red Hawks baseball, the Thunder basketball, and our state university teams of OU and OSU.

Oklahoma is known for its tornadoes. We are said to be in tornado ally.tornado05.jpg

Oklahoma has a National Memorial to honor those who died in the Murrah Building Bombing April 19, 1995. This link will give you a virtual tour of that museum.
Oklahoma Memorial