Packing Peanuts

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Demonstration kit:
Includes enough materials to complete five demonstrations.
packing peanuts

Grades 3-12 (Kit)

Engage students in a quick and simple activity using a product that can be made from either renewable or non-renewable resources, packing peanuts. This kit contains enough petroleum-based, Styrofoam packing peanuts and corn-based, biodegradable packing peanuts to complete five demonstrations showing how one dissolves in water and the other does not. Alternatively, you may wish to reuse packing peanuts you've received with packages in the mail. Look for a shiny surface to recognize petroleum-based peanuts and a dull appearance like an uncolored cheese puff to recognize peanuts that will dissolve.

The packing peanuts you receive may differ from those photographed.

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

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    Packing Peanuts

    Posted by Kay Kern on Oct 15th 2020

    This is great to use with my field corn unit. It is reasonable in price and the students love it! I also use with renewable and nonrenewable resources. I buy enough so that the students can work in groups of two. I highly recommend this purchase for class.