Lesson Plan Item
|Grade||4th Grade||Class||Social Studies||Length of Lesson||40-45 Minutes|
|Lesson Title||Harvesting Corn|
|Unit Title||Follow the Kernel|
|Unit Compelling Question||How does Iowa corn impact Iowa and the world?|
The history of corn goes back over 10,000 years. Native Americans brought corn up the Mississippi River to Iowa. The corn plants were very small at the beginning but over centuries, cultivation by Native Americans and scientists have changed corn.
Harvesting corn has changed also. It took Native Americans almost twenty hours of man-labor for each bushel of corn they harvested, but now a farmer can produce a bushel of corn in about six minutes. Iowa grows, on average, nearly 183 bushels of corn per acre. Tractors and technology allow corn to be grown, processed, and marketed all over the world.
~Allyson Simpson, Simpson College
2018.046.007 This sack was used by the American Pop Corn Company to ship popcorn to movie theaters. The American Pop Corn Company was founded in Sioux City, Iowa by Cloid Smith in 1914, making it the oldest popcorn company in the United States. The company, which created Jolly Time popcorn, used several methods to ship and sell popcorn directly to consumers and in stores. The company often used sacks like this one, which held 100 pounds of popcorn, to sell popcorn to theaters because the theaters needed large amounts of popcorn and often sold it rather quickly.
|Lesson Supporting Question||Where does Iowa corn go and how is it used?|
Students will look at how corn was harvested "long ago" in 1939 by analyzing a primary source. They will then compare that to how corn is harvested now thinking about the benefits and drawbacks toward each.
|Primary Sources Used|
|Lesson Themes||Early Agriculture, Farmers/Farm Life|
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|Author||Sarah Barry||Reviewer||Dr. Chad Timm, Simpson College||Created||07/18/2019||Last Edited||09/06/2019|
|Lesson Plan Development Notes: Social Studies Methods, Simpson College, Spring 2019|