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Unit 2, Lesson 5: One Little Kernel (pp. 54-57)
The Big Idea
Framework Concepts: Goods and Services Corn is traced from the field to the factory to consumers.
- Explain to children that much of the corn we eat is grown on big farms. Write or draw the following words on large cards: seed, sprout, tall plant, ear of corn, corn flake. Have volunteers hold up the cards and discuss with the class each stage of growth. Then mix up the order of the cards and redistribute them to the volunteers. Have students put the cards back in order to show the sequence of how the corn develops and is processed. Then read pages 54-57 aloud, having children hold up the appropriate card for each part of the story.
Check for Understanding
- Invite each child to make a corn stick puppet. Have small groups retell what happened to the corn using their puppets. Encourage them to look back at the selection for help if necessary.
- Have children make a picture map showing the journey the corn took from the farm to the factory to the house where it was eaten as corn flakes. Suggest they label their maps.
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