The Early Years: The Story of Cornby: Peggy Ashbrook

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Corn is an interesting subject for young children to explore because it grows ears in many forms, the seeds are easy to see and handle, and it is familiar to most children in one food product or another. Therefore, science activities about corn are easily integrated with social studies and language arts units because of the importance of corn to human civilizations. Exposure to ideas such as early people living in a different manner than the children do now, the spread of plants around the globe, and growth of this important plant go together in this activity about corn.

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  • on Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:17 AM

This article describes a lesson on the observation of various types of corn (maize). It also tells how to integrate this science subject into social studies and language arts. Corn is a basic part of our lives and can be a basic science lesson too!!

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:46 PM

Students in this activity get to compare different kinds of corn and make measurements. With magnifiers, bushel baskets, rulers and varieties of corn students examine and record observations including measurement with other students. Older children can make graphs using their data while younger ones record colors and such. Reading books are provided as resources for the teacher to use with her students.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Sat Jul 23, 2011 12:32 PM

Corn is ubiquitous in our society - and it provides an easily investigated subject for little hands as well. Different varieties of corn can be compared in a myriad of ways. This article provides good literature connections as well as ideas for inquiry. By the time you are done reading, you will have a head full of your own ideas as well.

Caryn Meirs  (Smithtown, NY)
Caryn Meirs (Smithtown, NY)

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