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Peanut Unit {Free}

Peanut Unit {Free}

“The No-Nut Peanut” Teacher’s Kit is a free unit from the Georgia Peanut Commission that includes 14 lessons, background information, activity sheets, songs, and recipes.

The unit includes great ideas for covering history, geography, science, the arts, and language arts while keeping peanuts the focus.

Some of the activities include:

  • Studying Dr. George Washington Carver.
  • Making a 30-minute peanut commercial.
  • Charting peanut plant growth.
  • Analyzing the nutritional value in peanuts.
  • Learning about southern crops.
  • Playing a Jeopardy-type game.

This kit is aimed at learners in the 3–5 range. There is also a kit available for younger learners in the K–2 range.

Learning about peanuts goes along perfectly with our free Our Wonderful World nature studies and learning how plants grow!

 

Further Investigation

History of Peanuts
From the Georgia Peanut Commission site.

Peanut Farming Yesterday and Today
Timeline also from the National Peanut Board.

Peanut Trivia
Fun facts. Did you know that the “Astro Nut,” the peanut that went to the moon, is now worth over a million dollars?

George Washington Carver
Biography for kids from the Library of Congress.

1904 World’s Fair Virtual Tour
Step back in time to when the world meets peanut butter!

How to Grow Your Own Peanuts
Tips and information on the peanut plant.

 

Activities

George Washington Carver Coloring Book
30-page coloring/activity book from the USDA featuring Dr. Carver and loads of peanut-related fun.

Let’s Get Growing
Interactive showing the parts of a peanut.

Nutrition
You’ll find some kid-friendly peanut recipes to download in the lower left-hand corner.

George Washington Carver National Monument Junior Ranger Activity Book
Public domain work that can be used for narrations or wrapping up.

Burl Ives & Johnny Cash Sing “Goober Peas”
(You may want to install an ad blocker before viewing.)

 

Books

George Washington CarverGeorge Washington Carver: Man’s Slave Becomes God’s Scientist by David Collins
One of the Sower’s Series biographies.

A Pocketful of Goobers by Barbara Mitchell
Frequently recommended biography about George Washington Carver.

George Washington Carver: An American Biography by Rackham Holt
Free public domain download.

 

Unit Studies & Lesson Plans

Peanuts for George Washington Carver
40-page Core Knowledge lesson plan with all types of activities and printables.

Growing Peanuts for Science Projects
Instructions from the USDA.

Peanuts and Nitrogen
Learn more about the nitrogen cycle in this lesson plan from the American Farm Bureau.

Growing America
Lesson plan from the National Peanut Board that includes information on the states that produce peanuts.

The Great American Peanut
25-page 4-H leader’s guide from Cornell with background information, history, biographies, activities, and recipes.  Packed with information — and fun!

The Amazing Peanut Part I
The Amazing Peanut Part II
Two part unit study from Ag in the Classroom with excellent printables!

 

Printables & Notebooking Pages

Parts of the Peanut
Labeled diagram for notebook on page 2.

Peanut Plant
Color labeled diagram from the National Peanut Board.

Peanut Growth Chart
For measuring the growth of your peanut plant.

Peanut Notebooking Pages
Simple pages for copywork, narrations, or wrapping up.