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? Use the slide deck to see all of the different products that soybeans are a part of.

    soybeans-are-everywhere.pdf
    uses-of-soybeans.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, in addition to recipes for making lip balm and plastic with easy supplies and instructions.

    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, and sort these beans then create a graph. Designed for younger students.

    seed-sort.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.

Meet the Bean Classroom Kit

Meet the Bean Classroom Kit

These activities are perfect for hands-on class activities and events such as ag days, county fairs, after-school programming or summer camps! We’ve made it super easy for you to get started by gathering all you need in one kit. Your students will enjoy these creative lessons as they learn about soybeans.

  • Fun and Games with Soybeans: Germinate a soybean seed necklace or make crafts like a beanie buddy, soybean stress balls, and an Ohio drum.
  • Seed Sort: Learn how beans are seeds that grow into plants that produce the beans we eat! Observe differences between seeds and classify them according to similarities. Collect data by counting the seeds, then analyze your data to make a graph.
  • Soy Lip Balm and Biodegradable Soy Plastic: 
Your group can learn how to make lip balm 
and plastic using renewable soy rather than petroleum products.

Kit contains:

  • Soybean seeds (60 single seeds)
  • Bags (30 small plastic Uline bags)
  • Skein of yarn (1)
  • Seed Sort beans (1 cup each kidney beans, black-eyed peas, lima beans, soybeans, pinto beans, corn)
  • Gallon Ziploc baggie for bean sort (1)
  • Dixie cups (30)
  • Lip balm containers (30)
  • Soy wax flakes (1.5 cup)
  • Sweetener (6 packets)
  • Soy crayons (1 box)
  • Cocoa butter (1 box of flakes)
  • Printed Meet the Bean activity books (15, students use in partner teams)

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