Wheat Week has moved to a virtual format for the
2020-2021 school year.
Your Wheat Week Educators worked hard figuring out how to best serve you and your students with Wheat Week in a virtual format.
We now offer some of the hands-on components of Wheat Week as a "kit" to give to your students. Students can learn at home on their own with instructional videos or you can guide them through the instruction. Whether you're teaching virtually or in-person, try Virtual Wheat Week this year and see how much you and your students like it!
Order "kits" from your local Wheat Week Educator to get started! You, as the teacher, control when and how Wheat Week is taught this year. We will do our best to get your "kits" to you as soon as you need them. Simply fill out the registration (link below) and tell us how many "kits" you need and when.
Click below to register for Virtual Wheat Week:
Wheat Week Lessons
Day 1: What is Wheat?
Students explore the wheat plant as a system of parts. Discuss implication of inputs and outputs to the system and how that affects the plant. Learn what makes wheat grow as they create their own wheat terrariums to observe throughout the week.
Day 2: Water in our World
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.
Day 3: Amazing Soils
Differentiate between the three soil textures (sand, silt and clay) based on particle size and permeability through a hands-on demonstration. Discover how soil is made. Discuss the properties of soil and their importance to farmers and community members.
Day 4: Wheat DNA
Learn 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 experiment.
Day 5: Wheat Energy
Discover the importance of renewable and non-renewable energy. Learn about solar, wind and hydroelectric power. Students thresh a wheat plant to discover its energy source for humans and how it is transferred to us.