Official Nebraska Government Website

The Corn Curriculum

It’s easy to incorporate different lessons into your classroom that include information on or involve corn.

There are nine separate units available. Each has a different focus, which is why brief summaries are provided. All materials are in .pdf format, so feel free to download anything that may interest you and adapt as you see fit.

After selecting a unit from below, you – or your students – can read the story that accompanies the unit.

The full unit includes lessons that teach math, science, social studies, language arts and music/art. Choose the lesson(s) that fit your class and objectives and then teach the lesson.

Each lesson plan contains learning objectives, additional background for teachers, suggested evaluation and student activities. In some cases the activities include worksheets or examples, which are provided. Answers to the worksheets can be found in the Teachers Key.


Unit Summaries & Downloads for Corn Curriculum

All lesson plans are adaptable for all ages!

Unit 1 : Corn Development

  • Lesson 1: Tour a Power Plant (Science)
  • Lesson 2: Plants With Personality (Language Arts, Music, Dance, Art)
  • Lesson 3: You Can Count On Corn (Math)
  • Lesson 4: Listen to A-Maizing Stories (Social Studies)
  • Teacher’s Key for Unit 1.

Unit 2 : Soil Management

  • Lesson 1: There is a lot in This Spoonful (Language, Music, Dance, Art)
  • Lesson 2: Corn Eats Lunch (Science)
  • Lesson 3: Topsoil Dessert (Science)
  • Lesson 4: Farmers Till With Care (Social Studies, Current Events)
  • Teacher’s Key for Unit 2.

Unit 3 : Insect Control

  • Lesson 1: A Beauty Pageant (Language Arts, Music, Dance, Art)
  • Lesson 2: Weather or Not to Act (Math, Science)
  • Lesson 3: Prolegs, Head Capsules & Warts (Science)
  • Lesson 4: Give Me an “I” “P” “M” (Science, Social Studies)
  • Teacher’s Key for Unit 3.

Unit 4 : Genetics & Biotech

  • Lesson 1: Rate that Trait (Math)
  • Lesson 2: Genes-R-Us (Science)
  • Lesson 3: Wonder Corn (Multidisciplinary)
  • Lesson 4: Farm or Pharmacy? (Science, Social Studies, Current Events) Jr. & Sr. High Students
  • Teacher’s Key for Unit 4.

Unit 5: Computers & Satellites

  • Lesson 1: A Map is Worth a Thousand Words (Language Arts, Music, Dance, Art, History)
  • Lesson 2: Yield Map Math (Math)
  • Lesson 3: Satellite Science (Science)
  • Lesson 4: Finding Your Way (Geography)
  • Teacher’s Key for Unit 5.

Unit 6 : Feeding Animals

  • Lesson 1: A Food Pyramid Built From Corn (Science)
  • Lesson 2: Meaty Numbers (Math)
  • Lesson 3: The Web of Life (Multidisciplinary)
  • Teacher’s Key for Unit 6.

Unit 7 : Feeding Industry

  • Lesson 1: The “Corn for Energy” Campaign (Language Arts, Music, Dance, Art)
  • Lesson 2: The State of Ethanol Use (Math)
  • Lesson 3: It’s Up to People (History, Social Studies, Current Events)
  • Lesson 4: Corn that Bounces & Stretches (Science)
  • Teacher’s Key for Unit 7.

Unit 8 : Feeding the World

Unit 9 : Feed Your Face!

  • Lesson 1: A, B, C … is for Corn! (Language Arts)
  • Lesson 2: Kernel Surgery (Science)
  • Lesson 3: Starch Your Day Right! (Science)
  • Lesson 4: The Great Worldwide Corn Recipe Exchange (Multidisciplinary)
  • Teacher’s Key for Unit 9.