GPB Education will be live streaming from the Georgia Peanut Commission's Headquarters in Tifton, Georgia, on September 30th at 10 AM ET.
During the program, students will hear from various experts as they learn about farming peanuts, the role peanuts play in our economy, and the technology it takes to make Georgia one of the world's largest peanut producers. (Georgia produces over 50% of the peanuts in the United States!)
This event includes interactive elements, such as polls and experts who are available to answer students' questions. Use the hashtag #PeanutsLive to participate in the conversation.
Peanuts Live will be available on demand after September 30th with supplemental classroom resources for grades K-12. These program will be televised on GPB-TV and live streamed on gpb.org/peanuts-live.
In this interactive virtual learning journey, students will explore the peanut industry, history and origins of the peanut plant, various ways peanuts are used, and how peanuts impact our economy. Additionally, students will learn about a number of career opportunities in the peanut industry. Key concepts are presented through text, images, videos, and interactive elements.
With average yield information per acre, students will use paper squares/beads (each representing 1,000 lbs.) to help visualize how many pounds of peanuts are produced from one field of a set number of acres.
Student groups will each be given a certain amount of water in a container. Students will measure the amount of water they have and create an algebraic equation knowing that two inches of water are needed per plant to determine how many plants could be supported with their amount of water.
Students will label and color a map of the United States to indicate states where peanuts are commercially grown and their respective percentages of peanut production.
Students will engage in a hands-on activity, similar to a relay race, where select students act as the body’s immune system and other students act as ingested food. Students will “travel” inside the body of a large, imaginary person to experience the reaction first-hand.
The class works together (as a large group or in collaborative working groups) to move cotton balls (representing energy) from an area identified as the sun, to a peanut plant, and finally to three paper sacks labeled “Protein,” “Vitamins and Minerals,” and “Good Fats."
Students will discover the nutritional value of peanut butter and its use as an aid tool for malnutrition. Students will work in collaborative groups to build on one another’s ideas and create a community service plan to connect food pantries, and others in need, with peanut-based products.
Three short non-fiction stories are provided about families that grow peanuts. After reading or listening to the stories, students will be asked to recall key information.
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