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Agriculture in the Classroom

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Bioplastic Packing Peanuts

Packing peanuts are made from plant starch found in the seed of grain sorghum. Students will be able to learn about different kinds of packing peanuts while conducting fun science experiments. This lesson takes a look at how packing peanuts relate to environmental issues and our lives.

Suggested Grade Level: 4th – 6th

Time: 90 minutes

Subjects: Science


  1. Compare and contrast biodegradable and non-biodegradable resources.

  2. Learn the plant parts of grain sorghum.

  3. Discuss pros and cons of environmental choices in our everyday lives.

  4. Students will identify the part of the grain sorghum seed that is used to create a packing peanut.

Supporting Educator’s Guides Chapters
Plant-based Renewable Resources
Kansas Crops Up Close