California Agriculture in the Classroom

Cotton Boll Kit

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Cotton Boll Kit Cotton Boll Kit

Help your students understand how the fiber in their clothing, towels, and sheets comes from cotton plants. The seeds must be removed from the cotton fibers to make cloth. This process is called ginning (after Eli Whitney's cotton gin; gin is short for engine). The cotton bolls in this kit may be hand ginned, or dissected, helping students to appreciate what slaves did in the past, understand the significance of the cotton gin, and explain how machines help us today to be more productive. Each kit contains 35 individually wrapped cotton bolls. Each cotton boll can easily be pulled apart into four distinct sections so that a group of four students may use one cotton boll.

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