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Sedgwick County

Sedgwick County
7001 W. 21st Street N.
Wichita, KS  67205
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Wheat Science 

Grades: 2-5
Time: Classroom bread baking activity takes about 1 1/4 hours, rising and baking time require an additional 70 minutes





Students can explore the importance of Kansas wheat, principles of baking, yeast development, and good nutrition. Science and math experiments with wheat and yeast allows students to discover real-life applications for skills learned in the classroom. Includes a bread making activity.

PLEASE NOTE: the bread making activity requires access to ovens to complete.

Sedgwick County Extension staff are available to teach this lesson to groups of 50-150 students or 2 or more combined classrooms only.

Bread Kits: These classroom kits serve four students and include nearly all the ingredients needed for each student to bake individual sized loaves of bread. The only items that will not be included in the kit are vegetable oil, water, and plastic gloves for the volunteers. 

Kits will be available for pick up after December 7th at the Sedgwick County Extension Office. 

Order Deadline: All orders due Tuesday, November 1, 2022 (partial scholarships are available to Title I schools - code TITLE1)

Teacher Provides:

  • Oven and activity supplies.
  • One adult volunteer for every 4-8 children is recommended.
  • Microphone/sound is required for classes taught by Extension staff.
  • TV and DVD player is required for classes taught by Extension staff.

Program Includes:

  • Wheat Science Lesson plan can be found top right under teacher resources.
  • Modern Marvels "Bread" DVD is available to borrow by contacting Cathy Jones, cpjones@ksu.edu.


A PDF version of the order information is available here for planning purposes only.



Kansas Math and Science Standards:

  • 2.MD.1.    Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.
  • 2-PS1-4.   Construct an argument with evidence that some changes caused by heating or cooling can be reversed and some cannot.
  • 3.MD.1.    Measure and estimate liquid volumes and masses of objects using standard units of grams (g), kilograms (kg), and liters (l) Excludes cubed units such as cm3 and finding the geometric volume of a container).
  • 3-LS1-1.   Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
  • 4.MD.1.    Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including km, m, cm; kg, g; lb, oz; l, ml; hr, min, sec.
  • 4-LS1-1.   Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
  • 5.NF.1.     Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators.
  • 5-LS1-1.  Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water.


Kansas History and Social Studies Standards:

Standard 3. Societies are shaped by the identities, beliefs, and practices of individuals and groups.

  • 3.1     The student will recognize and evaluate how societies are shaped by the identities, beliefs, and practices of individuals and groups.

Standard 4. Societies experience continuity and change over time.

  • 4.1     The student will recognize and evaluate continuity and change over time.

Standard 5. Relationships among people, places, ideas, and environments are dynamic.

  • 5.1     The student will recognize and evaluate dynamic relationships that impact lives in communities, states, and nations.