for Popcorn Day
students will learn create a timeline regarding popcorn
"The Popcorn Book" or share some of the
interesting history facts off the internet printouts.
Focus on the 4 following facts: 1. In 1492 Christopher
Columbus saw in the New World (the West Indies)
Indians selling popcorn and wearing it as jewelry. 2.
In 1621 the Native Americans brought popped corn in
deerskin sacks to the first Thanksgiving. 3. In the
1700's the colonists served popcorn with cream on it
for breakfast - it was one of the first cereals. 4. In
1885 the first popcorn machine was invented.
chalkboard or a long piece of butcher paper, draw a
timeline featuring the years 1492, 1621, 1700, and
1885. Have the students help place the
popcorn history facts on the timeline. Older
students my want to create their own timelines.
Pass out the
History Worksheet and have the students complete
the sheet as a follow-up activity.
Native Americans brought popcorn to the first
Thanksgiving in deerskin pouches. Have the
students make "deerskin" pouches out of felt
and fill them with popcorn.
the students the different ways people popped popcorn
before there were stoves, microwaves or popcorn
poppers. They either put the kernels in clay
pots filled with hot sand which heated the kernels
until they popped, they threw the kernels directly on
the hot fire and waited for them to pop out, or they
held the cob of popcorn over the fire and then ate the
popped kernels directly off the cob. Have the
students construct a whole class graph of what would
have been their favorite way to pop corn back in those
cities on a map which are the biggest popcorn-eating
cities - Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Seattle.