Teacher Resources

Feed a curious mind. Explore and enjoy hands-on educational lesson about corn and ethanol.

Grades K - 1

Grades K - 1

CORN & LIFE: A Kernel’s Adventure

Students explore how important corn is in our daily lives by discovering the many products made of corn, that corn is grown in the United States, and what corn plants look like.

Grade 2

Grade 2

Corn: HOW DOES IT GROW?

Students work like scientists to test their ideas about what plants need to grow and live by using corn plants as model organisms.

Grade 3

Grade 3

CORN: STAYING ALIVE!

Students propose ideas about what they think plants need to grow, and specifically what corn plants need to germinate and grow.  They tackle the challenge their teacher sets before them to prove their ideas with evidence, coming up with ideas themselves about how to do that.  They use their imaginations to think clearly in planning their investigations and making predictions, and they carry out the investigations over the course of several days or a few weeks. 

Middle School

Middle School

Middle School

Middle School

High School

High School

FERMENTATION IN A BAG

In this experiment, students investigate the process for fermentation in resealable bags with yeast, warm water, enzymes, and various sources of sugars from plants.   Students will observe and measure the inflation of the bag as the reaction produces gas (CO2) during the production of ethanol. 

ETHANOL-CORN MASH AND DISTILLATION

In this lab, students will learn about ethanol and its important role in our world’s ever increasing demand for energy.  Students will go through the process of fermenting and distilling corn for ethanol production.

DDG NUTRIENT TESTING

DDGs are a co-product of ethanol that is used for livestock feed. In this lab, students will explore the hydrocarbon structure of the nutrients found in the solutions.