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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.

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!

Plants on the Outside

3/2/2015

We take plants for granted, but we shouldn't! Each time we sit down to eat, we're either eating plants or animals, which ate plants. This mini unit gives us a good introduction to how plants are built and how they work.

Pollination Kit

2/23/2015

Students can be the bees with this fun kit! Inside, you will find jumbo plastic flowers created from pop bottles. The center of each flower has space for a small sponge to hold glitter glue. Students can use the included bee clothespins to hold cotton balls and "pollinate" their flowers.

Pollinators Pollination Simulation

2/20/2015

Pollination with pom-poms? You bet! Students can engage in a pollination simulation activity easily with this kit.

Purposeful Plants

2/17/2015

Plants have an important purpose; to live and help us live! In this mini unit, you'll learn about how plants do their most important jobs, like making food and oxygen for the planet.

Seed Classifications

2/14/2015

Learn about ways to classify seeds with this interesting kit.

Seed ID Kit

2/11/2015

Solve the mystery of the seed! This activity is framed as a crime scene investigation, so students can create and use a dichotomous key. Students help solve the crime by identifying the correct seed!

Serious Cereal Science kit

2/8/2015

This kit is based off the National Agriculture in the Classroom lesson entitled Serious Cereal Science. Materials include seeds and cards necessary to complete lesson activities.

Soybean Life Cycle Kit

2/5/2015

Help students learn the stages of a plant's life cycle by using the soybean plant as an example. In this kit, find props depicting each stage of the soybean plant's life cycle and a lesson plan explaining the activity. Two forms of this kit are available; one jumbo felt kit in a full-sized bean seed bag, and one laminated cardstock set that fits in an 8.5" x 11" folder.

They're not Just Seeds

2/2/2015

That's right, they're a lot more than just seeds! They're the new generation of plants and food for us and animals! This mini unit introduces seeds and how they get their important jobs done.

We need Plants

1/30/2015

Not only do we need plants, but every animal on earth does, too! This mini unit helps students understand how plants grow from seeds, grow into adult plants, reproduce, and make food and oxygen for all life!

Pieces and Parts

12/29/2014

Every part of a plant or animal is made in a certain way so that it can do a certain kind of job. All the parts must work together to keep the plant or animal healthy and alive.

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