ATTENTION 4th & 5th Grade Teachers!!!
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Wheat Week is a hands-on science program for 4th and 5th grade. Wheat Week is a series of five lessons, delivered over the course of one week. These lessons are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards educating students about systems, water, soil, conservation, DNA, energy, and wheat as well as how they impact our daily lives. Each lesson takes approximately 1 hour. Our trained educators will visit your classroom and ALL SUPPLIES ARE PROVIDED! Wheat Week is FREE and any school can request Wheat Week. Teachers are asked to plan together so each day 3-4 classrooms can receive the daily one-hour lesson.
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Wheat Week Lessons
What is Wheat?
Students explore the wheat plant as a system of parts while discussing implication of inputs and outputs to the system and how that affects the plant. Learn what makes wheat grow as students create their own wheat terrariums to observe throughout the week.
Water in our World
Students explore the water cycle, including precipitation, evaporation, condensation and collection through classroom participation. Students model the water cycle as they play a game and travel to various locations as a drop of water.
Students differentiate between the three soil textures (sand, silt and clay) based on particle size and permeability through a hands-on demonstration. Students discover how soil is made and discuss the properties of soil and their importance to farmers and community members.
Students earn about the important contributions Norman Borlaug had on feeding the world in the 1970's. Students explore wheat classes, plant breeding, and DNA through a wheat germ DNA extraction.
Students thresh a wheat plant to discover its energy source for humans and how it is transferred to us. Students wrap up their wheat terrarium observations and find out how to take care of their wheat at home.