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Note: Before preparing or distributing any food in the classroom, make sure you are aware of children's allergies or dietary restrictions and caution children about choking hazards. Many people suffer from serious allergies to nuts, particularly peanuts. Make sure that your students, students who may be in the classroom after the activity, or students in nearby classrooms do not have such allergies.
Peanuts spur all kinds of classroom activities -- from making timelines and snacks to investigating how peanut plants grow and estimating the number of peanuts in a large container!
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Share with students A Short Peanut History. This resource includes lots of information students can use to make a simple timeline of the history of the peanut.
Additional Peanut History Resources
Grow peanut plants: Refer to How You Can Grow a Peanut Plant and Baby Peanut Plants for tips on growing peanut plants in the classroom. (Adobe Acrobat Reader, available as a free download, is required to read the Baby Peanut Plants resource.)
Peanut recipes: Make peanut butter, peanut butter cookies, peanut butter crunch, and other Peanut Recipes.
Peanut-s-timation! Fill a large container with peanuts, and provide plenty of time for students to estimate the number of peanuts in the container. Students can write their names and estimates on slips of paper and submit them. When it's time to count the peanuts to determine whose estimate comes closest, give each student a large handful of peanuts and have them group the peanuts by tens and ones. Then have each student work with a partner to combine their tens and ones -- and write a math problem that shows how they arrived at a total. Then have two pairs combine their peanuts and write a new problem. Continue combining peanuts in that manner until all the peanuts are combined and students have determined the number of peanuts in the container and whose estimate came closest. Then enjoy a peanut snack!
AssessmentHave students compare one another's timelines and rate them. Provide small baggies of peanuts as a special reward for the five students whose estimates come closest to the actual number of peanuts in the container.
Lesson Plan SourceEducation World
FINE ARTS: Visual Arts
GRADES K - 4
NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.K-4.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
GRADES 5 - 8
NA-VA.5-8.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.5-8.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
MATHEMATICS: Number and Operations
GRADES Pre-K - 2
NM-NUM.PK-2.2 Understand Meanings of Operations and How They Relate to One Another
NM-NUM.PK-2.3 Compute Fluently and Make Reasonable Estimates
GRADES 3 - 5
NM-NUM.3-5.2 Understand Meanings of Operations and How They Relate to One Another
NM-NUM.3-5.3 Compute Fluently and Make Reasonable Estimates
GRADES Pre-K - 12
NM-CONN.PK-12.3 Recognize and Apply Mathematics in Contexts Outside of Mathematics
GRADES Pre-K - 12 NM-REP.PK-12.1 Create and Use Representations to Organize, Record, and Communicate Mathematical Ideas
SOCIAL SCIENCES: U.S. History
GRADES K - 4
NSS-USH.K-4.3 The History of the United States: Democratic Principles and Values and the People from Many Cultures Who Contributed to Its Cultural, Economic, and Political Heritage
GRADES 5 - 12
NSS-USH.5-12.1-10 All Eras
GRADES K - 12
NT.K-12.5 Technology Research tools
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