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November is a great time to teach about corn. There are so many fun things you can do, from tying it to the Native Americans to turning it into a science experiment and growing sprouts from a cob. There are so many amazing facts about corn and things they are able to make from it, I feel like I learn something new every time we go over it. So for this week’s literacy snack idea, we’re talking popcorn and reading The Popcorn Book by Tomie de Paola.
This is a fun book with almost 2 stories in one. Twin brothers go through the process of making popcorn all while one of them reads different facts and legends about popcorn.
So of of course for this weeks snack, we’re having popcorn.
There are a few different ways you could do popcorn for your class. Go super easy and buy pre-popped popcorn from the store, Costco has a great big bag that’s yummy. Or bring in microwave popcorn so the kids can hear it popping. Or ideally, make air-popped popcorn in an air popper. That way the kids can see and investigate the unpeopled kernels like they see in the book and then get to see the change that happens while popping. If by chance you have access to a stove at school that would be an awesome way for the kids to see it pop too.
While the kids are enjoying their popcorn snack, I made a free printable for them to work on. They will get to draw a picture in each popcorn pice to show 3 things they learned about popcorn from the book.
And if you are looking to take it even further your class will love our Cooking Class How To Make Popcorn.
You can download the free printable from my TeachersPayTeachers store below.
Do you have any other fun activities you do to teach about corn?
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