September 26

Down on the Farm

Kindergarten scientists continued their study of the farm and began lab with a “corny” joke. What has ears but cannot hear? Yes, a cornstalk! We learned that a kernel is a seed, and that most seeds need water, air, soil, and light to grow. We placed our seeds on cotton to see if they will germinate.  Click here to watch corn grow.

There was a teachable moment when many of my students told me that cotton comes from sheep. Now, we know it grows on a plant!





















After we finished planting, we learned the parts of a corn stalk. Leaves and ears of corn grow along the stalk. The ears are wrapped in husks and silk pokes out of the top of each ear. The kernels are on the cob. We shucked ears of corn with our lab partners next.



























































I used a gadget to remove the kernels from the cob.

Look at the diversity in these ears of corn. We brought the ears to Mrs. Posey in the dining hall.

Indian corn is one of the oldest varieties of corn.

Reinforce the concepts we learned today with some of these activities:
Buy corn to shuck, and then cook it!
Visit a cornfield or a corn maze.
Pop popcorn. Popcorn was first popped by Native Americans.
Plant some more kernels at home. No need to buy a packet of seeds, you can use popcorn kernels.

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