Corn Planting    May – June

The last frost has passed and it is time to sow our dent corn seeds. Explore the soil and learn how it provides the plant with its basic needs. Where does the farmer get the seeds and how does he select which ones to plant? Learn how planting technology has changed over time and try different methods to plant seeds in the prepared field.  In the farmhouse kitchen, sample cornbread you help make, and learn about types of corn grown on the farm.

Program Objectives: 

Students will select seeds, explore the soil, plant Howell Farm’s dent corn crop, and cook with cornmeal in order to understand:

  • That there is more to planting than putting a seed in the soil
  • How to select the best seed for planting
  • That soil is more than just dirt

Essential Questions:

  • What does a plant need to grow?
  •  How does the choice of seed affect the crop?
  • What is soil made of and how does it provide a plant’s basic needs?
  •  Have planting methods changed over time?
  • 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 ETS1 Engineering, Technology, and the Application of Science NJ Science Standards: 5.1A Understand Scientific Explanations 5.1B Generate Scientific Evidence through Active Investigations 5.2B Changes in Matter 5.3 Life Science 5.4C Properties of Earth 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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