Explore Different Varieties Of Corn With This Corn Unit Study
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Corn! We love corn. We eat corn on the cob, popcorn, roasted corn…we enjoy corn mazes in the fall. It’s corn! But, what is corn? What are the different varieties of corn and what about maize? We’ve got you covered with these corn resources and unit study ideas.
|History Of Corn||Varieties Of Corn||Where Is Corn Grown?|
|Corn Science||Corn Games||A-Maize-ing Corn Printables|
History Of Corn
Where did corn come from? How did we get different types of corn. Learn the history of corn at the links below.
“A new genetic study traces the movement of one of the world’s most vital crops from Mexico to South America.”
“The history of maize and its domestication may be traced back some 8,000 years.” Learn more here!
Varieties Of Corn
Are there different types of corn? This might be new to many families that are only familiar with the corn we eat on the cob and the popping variety for popcorn BUT wait there is more!
|Dent Corn||Flint Corn||Pod Corn|
Dent corn also called cow corn is a typed of field corn. This is what you see as livestock food but did you know that it is used for so much more?!
“What are some of the uses for dent corn? Read on to find out about planting dent corn and other pertinent dent corn information.”
Flint corn also known as Indian corn is grown for similar uses as dent corn. Flint corn is also used in many fall holiday decorations because of the variety of different colors it displays.
“From wreaths to centerpieces, Indian corn seems to be everywhere in October and November. Everywhere, that is, except on a dinner plate. It’s corn, but can you actually eat it? And where did it come from?”
“Flint corn, or Indian corn, those ears with the multicolored kernels, crops up in all sorts of fall decorations. How is it different from other types of corn, and can you eat it?”
Pod corn also known as wild maize. This type of corn is a mutant form of corn not a wild ancestor of corn. The mutation causes leaves to form around each kernel.
Berkeley“Learn some science behind this mutant corn.
“Pod corn has a spectacular appearance that has fascinated naturalists for two centuries.”
We eat it duing movies. We string it on holiday trees. What is popcorn and how it is different from other types of corn?
“Popcorn is a whole grain maize product. It resembles corn-on-the-cob in appearance and cultivation, although only popcorn kernels have the ability to pop.”
“First, the sound hits you — “pop, pop, pop — slow at first, then a firestorm of kernels as they magically transform into billows of crunchy white deliciousness.”
What is sweet corn? Get information on that and more.
“Researchers at the University of Florida are on a mission to save—and sweeten—sweet corn.”
Where Is Corn Grown?
The corn you buy at the store, the corn you pop…where does it come from? Well, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “Corn is grown in most U.S. States, but production is concentrated in the Heartland region (including Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, eastern portions of South Dakota and Nebraska, western Kentucky and Ohio, and the northern two-thirds of Missouri). Learn about growing corn at the links below.
Corn – KidsGardening
“The corn we know today could never survive in the wild; it relies on humans to plant it. That’s because the kernels (seeds) adhere firmly to the cob, rather than loosening and scattering on their own. It takes some strong hands — or a machine — to loosen the kernels! However, it wasn’t always that way.”
Corn – U.S. GRAINS COUNCIL
“Although corn (or maize, as it’s known throughout much of the world) is grown in nearly all 50 states, production is primarily concentrated in the northern and Midwestern states—collectively known as the U.S. Corn Belt.”
Use the corn for science! There are lots of fun ways below. I especially love the science fair projects! These would be prefect for our STEM Fair!
“Popcorn makes a great experimental material for kids because it’s readily available and fascinating to all.”
“Experiments with popcorn are a fun way to test a scientific theory with the added bonus of having some tasty food to eat afterwards.”
“A bursting science project.”
“Looking for a fun popcorn experiment? This dancing popcorn experiment is the perfect dancing corn experiment to test the duration and effectiveness of different chemical reactions.”
“Everyone knows popcorn is a great tasting snack, but it is also a fascinating food and great subject for your science fair or school project.”
Have some fun playing with corn. Check on these online games, boardgames and more!
“Free online games for grades K-5 teach children math, reading, science and social studies skills in the context of agriculture.”
“ROOSTER RACE: It is up to you to help the roosters gather corn by correctly predicting if the number on your racer card will be higher or lower than the lead racer.”
“TOH’s Team Saturday shows you how to plan out the right dimensions, size and spacing for this popular bean bag toss game.”
“How to make your own DIY cornhole bags that will last you a long time.”
A-Maize-ing Corn Printables
We always love printables to go with our units and this one is no different. Get printables for the corn life cycle, some corn writing exercise, some corn-y puns, and more in our free Corn Printables Bundle below.