Cotton Bolls

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Includes enough materials for 35 students.
Cotton Bolls

Grades 1-11
Help your students understand how the fiber in their clothing, towels, and sheets comes from cotton plants. The seeds must be removed from the cotton fibers to make cloth. This process is called ginning (after Eli Whitney's cotton gin; gin is short for engine). The cotton bolls in this kit may be hand ginned, or dissected, helping students to appreciate what slaves did in the past, understand the significance of the cotton gin, and explain how machines help us today to be more productive. Each set contains 35 individually wrapped cotton bolls. Each cotton boll can easily be pulled apart into four distinct sections so that a group of four students may use one cotton boll.

View Cotton Ginning Tutorial on YouTube

Lesson plans associated with this kit can be found on the National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix.

Approved for College & Career Awareness.

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  • 5
    Cotton bolls

    Posted by Tracy on Apr 15th 2019

    Exactly what I needed for a lesson on natural resources!

  • 5
    Cotton bolls

    Posted by Jennifer on Oct 29th 2018

    The students are always surprised by the cotton bolls. The like working the cotton and are much more receptive to content when they have the cotton in there hands.