3rd Grade: Ag in the Classroom (AITC) Presentation
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.
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- Vocabulary – key terms students may hear during the presentation
- Illinois Learning Standards – How It’s an Earful meets the standards
- Coming soon – How It’s an Earful meets the Common Core State 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
- Corn, Cows, Pigs & Tractors – teacher-created guided reading Literacy Kit including six copies each of Corn Belt Harvest, Clarabelle: Making Milk and So Much More, Life on a Pig Farm, and Fantastic Farm Machines
Lessons & Activities online
- Tassel to Table Chain – sequence the steps from field to cereal box
- A Tale of Two Corns lesson plans – teach the differences between field corn and sweet corn
- Exploring Corn! – 42-page booklet of corn lessons
Books in your school library (titles donated to elementary school libraries 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