Third Grade, “It’s an Earful”

Students will learn how farmers grow and harvest corn, dissect corn kernels, investigate types of corn, and explore how corn impacts our lives.


Request a lesson supply kit (DeKalb County, IL teachers; deadline April 22, 2022)

It’s an Earful lesson plan

It’s an Earful supporting slides

How do we use field corn? worksheet

Supplemental Resources

Background Information

  • 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


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

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.