George Washington Carver

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The lesson introduces students to scientist and educator, George Washington Carver, who is best known for his work related to peanuts.  However, his research and work has also been instrumental in assisting farmers with other types of crops.  Many students may not be familiar with Carver, but he was an agricultural expert, and many farming strategies researched and developed by Carver are still used today.  The lesson may be used in conjunction with Black History Month each February.

George Washington Carver Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about George Washington Carver
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Scientist and educator George Washington Carver is best known for his work related to peanuts, but students are likely not aware of his other accomplishments.  This informative lesson introduces students to his life and research.  Help your students gain an understanding of the importance of Carver’s work as an agricultural expert, and introduce them to the many farming strategies researched and developed by Carver that are still used today.  The lesson can be used in conjunction with Black History Month each February.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Distribute a few shelled peanuts to students (if allergy is an issue, display a jar of peanut butter) and ask: What do you know about peanuts?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask:  Do you know what other products come from peanuts besides peanut butter?  Who invented over 300 products that used the peanut in their development?
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce George Washington Carver and list some of those products:  flour, insulation, paint, soap, shaving cream, skin lotion.  (Carver did not invent peanut butter.)
  4. Distribute George Washington Carver content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding, especially sharing one or more of the videos.
  5. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Create groups of 3 or 4 students.  Allow students time to discuss the questions.  Circulate through the room to ensure students remain on task.  Each students should complete their own activity page.
  6. Once students are completed, each group/student may share their responses with the class. Allow the class to vote on the top 5 products.
  7. Distribute Practice page. For younger students, the practice page may be completed aloud as a class.  Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, allow students to share their letters and opinions related to the quotes.  For younger students, a family member may assist them.
  9. In closing, ask: If you could speak to George Washington Carver today, what would you speak to him about? What would you want to ask him?

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.3

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

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Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies