Wheat Planting and Threshing   September – Early October

Planting in the fall? Help sow our winter wheat crop and learn how some plants survive the winter. Separate the wheat from the chaff as you try different tools to thresh and winnow last summer’s harvest. Did you know that most of our food comes from plants?  Inside the farmhouse kitchen, help bake bread using flour milled from our wheat.  Sample the bread with butter you help make.  

Program Objectives

Using methods and tools common in New Jersey from 1890-1910, students will plant and process the farm’s wheat crop in order to understand: 

  • That planting is not only done in the spring
  • That much of our food comes from plants grown on farms 
  • How methods and technology change over time 
  •  That plants, animals, and humans on the farm are interdependent
  • How wheat is processed into food 

Essential Questions:

  •  What does a plant do to survive the winter and how can the farmer help?
  •  What simple tools can be used to turn wheat into flour?
  • Has technology changed the way we process the wheat crop?
  •  What are the steps required to bake bread? 
STEM Standards

Next Generation Science Standards: PS2.A Forces and Motion LS1.A Structure and Function LS1.B Growth and Development of Organisms LS1.C Compare and contrast what plants and animals need to survive LS2.A Interdependent relationships in ecosystems NJ Science Standards: 5.2E Forces and Motion 5.3A Characteristics of Plants 5.3B Matter and Energy Transformation 5.3C Interdependence 5.4F Climate and Weather 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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