Children make a connection between agriculture and science and learn about corn products as they dissect corn kernels and construct a corn stalk from paper.
Ag in the Classroom presentations are delivered by volunteers in February. Find out more.
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- Vocabulary – key terms students may hear during the presentation
- Linking to Illinois Learning Standards – how It’s an Earful connects to standards
- Corn Ag Mag – download or request a set from DeKalb County Farm Bureau
- Corn Fact Sheet – important facts and a list of corn uses
- What can we get from an acre of corn? – products from an acre of DeKalb County field corn
- A Tale of Two Corns – fact sheet detailing the differences between field corn and sweet corn
- A Tale of Two Corns – video explaining differences between field corn and sweet corn
- It’s an Earful – crossword puzzle
- Parts of a Corn Plant – label the anatomy of a corn plant
- Corny Math – estimating kernels on an ear
Resource Kits (available from DeKalb County Farm Bureau)
- Corn Literacy Kit – a wealth of books and resources about corn
- Adventures Around the Farm – lessons and materials to teach about farming
- DeKalb County Agriculture – a kit focusing on farms and communities in our county
Lessons & Activities online
- Corn an A-maizing Plant: Food, Fuel, and Plastic
- Exploring Corn! – 42-page booklet of corn lessons
- Inherited Traits in the Living Corn Necklace
- Tassel to Table Chain – sequence the steps from field to cereal box
Books in your school library (donated to elementary schools in DeKalb County)
- Biofuels by David & Patricia Armentrout
- Corn by Elaine Landau
- Corn by Gail Gibbons
- Corn by Margaret Hall
- Corn: An A to Z Book by Susan Anderson & JoAnne Buggey
- *Corn in the Story of Agriculture by Susan Anderson & JoAnne Buggey
- *Corn Belt Harvest by Raymond Bial
- From Kernel to Corncob by Ellen Weiss
*Also available from Farm Bureau in sets for guided reading.