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Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

Kansas Lesson Plan

Bioplastic Packing Peanuts

Lesson Plan
Packing peanuts are made from plant starch found in the seed of grain sorghum. Students will be able to learn about different kinds of packing peanuts while conducting fun science experiments. This lesson takes a look at how packing peanuts relate to environmental issues and our lives.

Suggested Grade Level

4th – 6th


90 minutes




  1. Compare and contrast biodegradable and non-biodegradable resources.
  2. Learn the plant parts of grain sorghum.
  3. Discuss pros and cons of environmental choices in our everyday lives.
  4. Students will identify the part of the grain sorghum seed that is used to create a packing peanut.
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