Grade 4-5

Why Grow Corn?

Historians study the past. In this introduction to inquiry lesson, students learn some of the skills and strategies historians use to learn about the past. Students will first look at a law created in Virginia in 1617, requiring everyone to grow corn. They will then continue to gather evidence from primary sources to help answer the mystery question: "Why grow corn?"

iCivics en español! Student and class materials for this mystery are available in Spanish.

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