Kits - Crops Articles

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Dress Up Like a Corn Plant

3/30/2015

This kit gives instructions and materials to host the Dress Up Like a Corn Plant activity. The lesson starts by reading the My Family's Corn Farm book, and transitions into a skit-like lesson where one student is given props and clothing items to mimic different stages in the corn plant's life cycle. Students learn about farmers giving nutrients to crops, that crops must withstand pressures like hail or insects, and how the plant grows and develops.

Ethanol in a Bag Kit

3/27/2015

Ethanol in a bag is easy to make! Students only need some warm water, sugar, and yeast in their bag to be able to see the bag expand like a balloon. Further experimentation can be done to see if starch can replace sugar, or if cold water can replace warm water.

Get Popping! Kit

3/24/2015

How does popcorn pop? Investigate this phenomenon by observing how heat affects the water inside a popcorn kernel. This kit contains safety glasses, test tubes, a test tube clamp, an alcohol lamp, balloons, aluminum foil, vegetable oil, and popcorn kernels. This kit complements the lesson Get Popping! located on the National Agricultural Curriculum Matrix. 

GMO Card Sets

3/20/2015

How does popcorn pop? Investigate this phenomenon by observing how heat affects the water inside a popcorn kernel. This kit contains safety glasses, test tubes, a test tube clamp, an alcohol lamp, balloons, aluminum foil, vegetable oil, and popcorn kernels. This kit complements the lesson Get Popping! located on the National Agricultural Curriculum Matrix. 

Grains and Legumes of the World kit

3/17/2015

This hands-on activity explores grains and legumes common in global agricultural production—barley, dent corn, popcorn, oats, rice, wheat, soybeans, lentils, and pinto beans. Students create their own journals that include important facts, descriptions, and samples of the seeds of these crops. Teachers can use the information to expand students' knowledge of agriculture while connecting to lessons in social studies and science. This kit contains enough seeds for a classroom of 35 students. A master copy of the grains and legumes information cards is also included.

Investigating and Applying Genetics

3/14/2015

Students build their understanding of selective breeding for desired traits in crops such as corn. They investigate the outcomes of crosses of hybrid and dihybrid corn plants for two unlinked genetic traits (corn kernel color and sweetness). They use Punnett squares to predict the ratio of phenotypes that will be produced by different crosses and analyze the actual ratio of phenotypes of the second generation offspring. A reading describes traditional selective breeding and modern genetic engineering approaches to improving crops. This kit is complete for 32 students.

Investigating Selective Breeding

3/11/2015

In this series of two activities, students explore inherited traits. They use Lab Aids simulated corn ears and Punnett squares to gather data on, interpret, and predict the probability of traits being passed from parent to offspring. They then read about natural selection, selective breeding, and the relationships between these concepts.

Plant Life Cycles

3/8/2015

Whiteboards come to life with giant colorful magnets. Bean and apple life cycles are detailed for exploration and discussion.

Plant Nutrient Flash Cards

3/5/2015

Play a fun game and test your students' plant and soil science knowledge! This flash card set can also be used to review concepts from the Nutrients for Life Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century curriculum.

Plant Match

3/5/2015

Styled after a memory game, this kit includes photo and definition cards relating to plant parts and plant development. Don't let the memory game fool you, it can be tricky!

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