Corn Harvest   October – December

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.

Program Objectives: 

Students will participate in an 1890-1910 corn harvest and process 

corn for animal feed in order to understand:

  • That much of our food comes from plants grown on farms
  • That children had many important jobs on the farm
  • That plants, animals, and humans on the farm are interdependent
  • That while the 1900 farm family produced much of their own food, many things were available in stores; people made decisions about what they would buy based on their needs, means and the availability and value of new product

Essential Questions:

  • How can a community work together to tackle the enormous task of  harvesting corn?
  • How does the choice of seed affect next year’s crop?
  • How many varieties of corn are grown on Howell Farm?
  • How is dent corn used?

STEM Standards

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

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