In the days before tractors, corn harvesting was a labor intensive farm operation requiring many hands and a cooperative effort by family members, neighbors, and sometimes hired hands. Your students will work alongside farmers picking, storing and processing ears of dent corn. Besides learning how to select seeds for next year’s planting, they will use corn to make feed for animals and to make cornbread for the table.
Students will participate in an 1890-1910 corn harvest and process
corn for animal feed in order to understand:
Next Generation Science Standards: LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems LS2.B Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems LS3 Heredity, Inheritance and Variation of Traits NJ Science Standards: 5.1A Understand Scientific Explanations 5.1B Generate Scientific Evidence through Active Investigation 5.2E Forces and Motion 5.3C Interdependence 5.3D Heredity NJ Social Studies Standards: 6.1B Geography, People and the Environment 6.1C Economics, Innovation and Technology 6.1D History, Culture and Perspectives