Corn Conundrum

Which type of corn ranks highest? Given data about varieties of corn, groups analyze the information to determine the best corn species to grow in a dry environment. After finding the best for a drought condition, individuals receive additional information to find the best corn variety to grow on Mars. The teams submit a letter detailing their ranking system and the ranks of the corn varieties.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Compare and contrast varieties chosen and students' selection methods
  • Work with the science department to share the responsibility and time for the project
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners should understand plant structure and function, especially photosynthesis
  • Data sheets provide locations to organize calculations
  • Includes suggestions for accommodations and extensions
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