Overview

Ever wonder where the food you eat comes from, and how it arrived at your dinner table?  Or, how the products you use every day came to be? Discover the answers by watching this Serious Science video and reading the information below. And to take this learning adventure into your classroom, have your teacher download the free Lesson Activity at the bottom of this page so everyone can share in the fun of this inquiry based learning.

On the surface, soybeans – small, pea-sized beans that have a relatively flavorless taste – seem rather… unimpressive.  But the origin and history of soybeans is a fascinating tale of early explorers, sea-faring merchants, ancient Oriental cultures, and American inventors and agricultural pioneers. Drawing upon both ancient and modern influences, the soybean has become one of the most important crops and industrial products in human history.

Let’s take a look at how it all began… by watching this video. To really explore more about it, try the companion classroom Lesson Guide. You’ll also find more to learn under “Learn More”.

Plus, the educational partner noted below supported the video and lesson content here for all of us to learn from. They also offer other learning opportunities on their website. Educators are encouraged to evaluate and consider their science sources. Click on their logo to discover more!

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Available Lessons

Middle School Lessons