Meet the Bean: Soybeans are Everywhere!

What is a soybean?
Why are soybeans such a valuable crop? Here are some activities that are perfect for agriculture days, county fairs, after-school programming or summer camps! Recipes for soy plastic and soy lip balm are included as well as craft ideas: Soybean Stress Balls, Bean Buddies and an Ohio Drum. Germinate a soybean in a seed necklace. Observe a variety of beans, use a seed sorting map and create a graph.

Lessons

  • Soybeans are Everywhere!

    Look at the drawing — can you find all the soybean products?

    soybeans-are-everywhere.pdf
  • Fun and Games with Soybeans

    Activity instructions for germinating a Soybean Seed Necklace and making crafts like a Beanie Buddy, Soybean Stress Balls and an Ohio Drum.

    fun-and-games-with-soybeans.pdf
  • Seed Sort

    Did you know that beans are seeds? Seeds grow into plants that produce the beans that we eat. Observe, sort these beans and create a graph. Designed for younger students.

    seed-sort.pdf
  • Soy Lip Balm and Biodegradable Soy Plastic

    Recipes for making lip balm and plastic with easy supplies and instructions.

    soy-lip-balm-soy-plastic.pdf

Teacher background

Soybeans are very valuable, not just as food containing many essential nutrients, but also economically. Soybeans are the second-most-planted field crop in the United States after corn. The United States is the world's largest producer and exporter of soybeans. Ohio is the nation's seventh largest soybean producing state.

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