Pioneer Gum
activity exercisesuggested grade levels: 9-12

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Chewing gum was generally not available to the pioneers. But children then loved chewing "gum" just as much as they do today. Especially when working in the hot dusty fields in the summertime. Two popular forms of pioneer gum were the sticky resin that seeped out of freshly cut spruce, and kernels of wheat. When you chew the wheat it activates the gluten found in the grains and the kernels turn into a bubblegum-like mass. Just like today, talented pioneer children could blow large bubbles with their form of bubblegum.

Put the a handful of wheat kernels (available in bulk bins at the grocery store, or at health food stores) in your mouth and chew. Try blowing bubbles, and enjoy!

Related Lesson Topics:
Geography: Geography Topics

Lesson Plan provided by Vita Taube, 2000
Idaho Achievement Standards (as of 7/2001) met by completing this activity: