Corn in the Classroom

Informing students on Missouri agriculture allows the next generation to better understand how today’s food, fiber and fuel is produced. It also allows our youth to explore one of the most important sectors of our economy.

“Corn in the Classroom” educational materials include three easy lesson plans designed to educate students on the importance of corn and the role it plays in our everyday lives. A PowerPoint, “Make Your Own Corn Plastic” activity sheet, “Finding Corn in Your Home” activity sheet, “Corn in the Classroom” activity book and “Corn Facts for Teachers” are also available to enhance these lessons or can be used as stand-alone educational tools.

Lessons include the “Basics of Corn,” “Many Uses of Corn” and “Corn in the Environment.” While entertaining, these educational plans target grade level requirements for Missouri third graders in science, math, social studies and health.

To order copies of the “Corn in the Classroom” activity book or poster, please complete the order form. Please limit poster orders to one per classroom. For any questions, please contact Hilary Black, outreach coordinator.


Educational Resources

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Corn In The Classroom The Basics1Basics of Corn Lesson Plan
This lesson addresses Grade Level Expectations: SS5 1.4, SS5 1.5, SS5 1.6

Distinguishes between various types of corn (sweet, popcorn, field)
Identifies nation’s number one crop
Identifies top corn states (Corn Belt)
Recognizes who grows corn
Identifies how much corn is grown
Corn In The Classroom Many Uses Many Uses of Corn Lesson Plan
This lesson addresses Grade Level Expectations: SC 4 (Health)
Identifies the 5 major consumers of corn
Identifies various uses within the 5 major consumer groups
Explores the uses of corn through “Making your own” experiment
Pic 03 Corn In The Classroom Environment Corn & the Environment Lesson Plan
This lesson addresses Grade Level Expectations: SC 1c, SC 4 a.1, SC 3 a.1, SS6 1.9, MA1 3.2, MA3 1.10, MA3 1.8, MA4 1.6, MA5 1.10
Learn how corn utilizes sun, air, nutrients and water
Identify improvements in corn production using math skills
Recognize how ethanol is a renewable resource and helps reduce pollution
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Provides visuals to enhance each lesson plan
Additional fun facts for students
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Activities and coloring pages which compliment each lesson plan and provide fun facts for students and parents
Corn Facts (page 2),
Corn Facts (page 3),
Sweet Corn vs. Field Corn (page 4),
Parts of a Corn Plant (page 5),
Water, Soil, Sun (page 6),
Lifecycle (page 7),
Where Corn is Grown (page 8),
Map of the Continents (page 9),
Math Puzzler (page 10)
Corn Belt (page 11)
Uses – Livestock (page 12)
Uses – Ethanol (page 13)
Uses – Exports (page 14)
Word Search (page 15)
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Visit a northeast Missouri corn farm and learn how corn is produced, the difference in sweet corn and field corn, and what field corn is used for.
Online Word Search
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Encourages students to find 15 items made with corn in their home.
Can be used with “Many Uses of Corn Lesson Plan”
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Use everyday items to make your very own corn plastic
Compliments “Many Uses of Corn Lesson Plan”
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Glossary, fun facts and frequently asked questions about corn

If you have any questions, or would like to request copies of the “Corn in the Classroom” activity book, contact our office.


Links For Students And Teachers:

Ag Rules – South Dakota Corn (A YouTube Video Series on corn)
NCGA World of Corn (Corn Facts)
NCGA Corn Products Guide
Illinois Corn and Ethanol Education
Kentucky Corn Growers’ Association’s Educator Resources
Iowa Corn Promotion Board
Nebraska Corn Board
Missouri Farm Bureau – Agricultural WebQuests

See News Releases for additional Missouri corn information.