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Investigating Corn


Grades: Upper elementary through university.

Visit sites like the U.S. Department of Agriculture for supporting information.

What exactly is corn? Is it native to North America or was it introduced? How long has corn (or maize) been a domesticated crop? What is corn used for? What products that you use daily are made from corn? What products that you use occasionally are made from corn? How can corn be used in industry, consumer markets, and in other ways? What parts of corn can be used? What effect do the values of the culture influence what types of crops are grown? What does the cultivation of corn say about the culture of the United States? What do we value? Where are products made from corn produced? Why are they located there? How does the corn from your field reach the consumer? Trace the possible routes. What transport mechanisms are in place to transport the various corn products?