A WebQuest for Grades 5 - 8, WebQuest Agricultural Series by Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri State University

Are you aware of the importance of soybeans in America and how important the American Farmer is to you and your community? More soybeans are grown in the United States than any other country. Soybeans are one of the world’s largest providers of protein and oil. There are many uses for whole soybeans, soybean protein, and soybean oil. You use soybeans everyday!

Look around you. Can you identify products made from soybeans?


Congratulations! We just won the BEAN POD lottery. We have been awarded the task of finding out how many products are made with soy and why it is important to the United States and the American Farmer. When this WebQuest is finished you will be astonished with all the soy products produced, sampled some soy food, and presented a commercial. Join us in accepting this BEAN POD lottery award by looking at these beans.


A. The teacher will assign students into groups of three. Task 1 will be completed by the group. One member of your group will be responsible for Task 2, Task 3, and Task 4.

B. Read the following sites on Soybean Oil Products, Whole Soybean Products, Soybean Protein Products, and the American Farmer.

Soybean Product List
Soybean Trivia

Task 1. Discuss the findings in your group. Have a statement ready to present to the class on why the American Farmer is important to the United States. Have facts to be able to defend your statement.

Task 2. Create a demonstration board display of Soy products separated into the three groups (Oil Products, Whole Soybean Products and Soybean Protein Products). Provide a list of products that your group has decided to display and include pictures for the BEAN THING lottery committee to view.

Task 3. Select a Soybean product. Compile a commercial using PowerPoint. It must have a minimum of 10 slides. Include some pictures. Convince us to buy your product.

Task 4. Using Excel (or other spreadsheet), select a chart format that will allow you to compare soybean production in the United States. Enter data and make a chart for the top 10 soybean production states. Use this reference: soybean crop production to obtain information for your chart . Be sure to include your state. If your state is not included in the top 10 soybean producing states then be sure to add it in also. Print out your completed chart and turn it in to your teacher.


The BEAN POD lottery committee thanks you for all your help in completing this WebQuest. You are now aware of the many Soy products made that surround you and that you even eat. The committee hopes you enjoyed the outstanding activities and have learned something about agriculture using technology. Please accept the BEAN POD award for all your hard work! Congratulations!


Click here to see National Standards this WebQuest covers.


You and your team will be evaluated using the following rubric.


Name ____________________     Class/Hour __________      Date _________________

Attendance/Punctual Student is late to class more than once a week and/or has poor attendance of classes. Student is late to class more than once every two weeks and regularly attends classes. Student is late to class once every two weeks and regularly attend classes. Student is always prompt and regularly attends classes.  
Research & Gather Information Did not research web sites to gather needed information. Researched a few of the web sites for needed information. Researched most of the web sites for needed information. Researched all of web sites as well as others for needed information.  
Topic/Content Includes little relevant information and one or two facts. Includes some relevant information and a few facts. Includes relevant information with most sources properly cited. Includes enough elaboration to give readers an understanding of the topic. Covers topic completely and in depth. Includes properly cited sources and complete information. Encourages reader to know more.  
Mechanics Includes more than 5 grammatical errors, misspellings, punctuation errors, etc. Includes 3-4 grammatical errors, misspellings, punctuation errors, etc. Includes 2-3 grammatical errors, misspellings, punctuation errors, etc. Grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization are correct. No errors in the text.  

The project is cluttered, confusing, and is hard to read. Does not meet guidelines. The project shows some structure, but appears cluttered and busy or distracting. Does not meet guidelines. The project material shows an understanding of information. Flows easily. Project has eye-appeal. Project meets guidelines. Project material is well organized and shows understanding of information. Makes audience want to know more. Exceeds guidelines.  
Group Work Cannot work with other in most situations. Can not share decisions or responsibilities. Relys on other to do the work. Works with others, but has difficulty sharing decisions and responsibilities. Needs reminding to complete work. Works well with others. Takes part in most decisions and contributes fair share to group. Works well with others. Assumes a clear role and related responsibilities. Motivates group/members to do their best.  


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This WebQuest was created by teachers participating in Missouri's Agriculture in the Classroom program at Missouri State University through a USDA grant. The template on this site was adapted from a template from The WebQuest Page and the original was designed by Dr. Lyndon Irwin. Assistance for this project was provided by Mrs. Barbara Irwin, M.S. and Mrs. Diane Olson, M.S.

Teachers are encouraged to adapt this lesson for classroom use only. No part of this publication may be transmitted, stored, recorded or published in any form without written permission from Missouri Farm Bureau.

This page was developed by Debbie Richardson, reviewed by Lyndon and the late Barbara Irwin and is maintained by Missouri Farm Bureau. Please address questions to Diane Olson at Missouri Farm Bureau.