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What can you make with peanuts? Much more than PB&J! Discover George Washington Carver's botanical contributions to science and everyday life.
Why are hundreds of schools across the United States named after a botanist (a person who studies plants)? George Washington Carver studied art in college but he is famous for his work as a botanist. Carver used his knowledge of plants to help change the crops grown in the southern United States. He encouraged the idea of crop rotation. He promoted the ideas of growing plants that enriched rather than depleted the soil, such as soybeans and peanuts. During Carver's lifetime, he created more than 300 products made from peanuts and more than 118 from sweet potatoes.
Although many companies wanted to hire Carver to work for them, he felt it was important for him to teach college students. His work elevated the study of farming to a scientific level. He worked for more than 50 years at the Tuskegee Institute, a school dedicated to African American education. Invite students to research the life and work of George Washington Carver to learn more about his contributions to science and everyday life. Organize a variety of text and electronic resources for students to view during this activity.
On white paper, students use Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils to draw a picture of Dr. Carver. Encourage them to highlight what they have learned about this significant American scientist. Make drawings of some of his peanut and sweet potato products, or other images to demonstrate knowledge about his work.
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