Thursday, April 8, 2010

Do You Know Where Your Wheaties Come From??

Being a former Agriculture teacher, I love the opportunity to teach people about the food they eat.  And here is an awesome, fun activity for kids and adults!

Jenny at Southern Savers posted this and I just had to pass it on.  It is an interactive program that takes you through the process of wheat production and processing.  It sponored by the Wheat Foods Council

How much do you know about wheat?

Test yourself with this program called How Wheat Works.  It is a virtual tour of growing, harvesting, and processing wheat.  As you pick the wheat you want to grow, you are exposed to the history of wheat and different facts about the growth of wheat around the world.

Did you know that there are over 30,000 different varieties of wheat?

I highly recommend that you go and start "growing" your own wheat!  The best part of the journey is that the Wheat Foods Council is donating 2 pounds of wheat (90,000 pounds that will make over 1,000,000 muffins) to Operation Home Front, a non-profit that provides assistance to needy US trooops and their families.  They will donated the 2 pounds for every person who participates in this virtal tour.

Try How Wheat Works for yourself, with your kids, or with your class!  And have fun learning!

For teachers and homeschooler:

Southern Savers had some great ideas to expande your child(ren)'s learning experience...
  • There are activity suggestions at the end of each phase that allow participants to extend their learning experience through preparing wheat-based recipes, exploring wheat grown in their area through the state wheat commission member sites and viewing harvest videos from “America’s Heartland.”

  • There are games, more resources and even quizes for Kids at Wheat Foods Council. Click on Just for Kids.

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