3rd Grade - Social Studies

LESSON PROBLEM: Economics: How many people of the world eat rice every day?


How nice is rice!
How gentle and how very free from vice
Are those whose fodder is mainly Rice
Yes: Rice! Rice! Beautiful Rice!
All the wrong in the world would be right in a trice
If everyone fed upon nothing but Rice....

We don't know who wrote this poem. What the poem says is true. If all the world had enough rice, there would be no more hunger in the world.

Two thirds of the world eats rice every day. But more rice is needed. Scientists in the United States and around the world are working to improve rice production. They are trying to grow a new rice plant that will give more rice grains. They want a plant that will grow in all kinds of weather. The plant will need to grow in dry climates and wet climates.

Rice grows on all continents of the world except Antarctica. One seed of rice can grow 3,000 grains of rice. Rice grows more grain than any other cereal grain.

Rice farmers in the U.S. work hard to grow enough rice for everyone in the United States. They also grow enough rice to send it to countries around the world. American rice is sent to more than 100 countries around the world!


If one grain of rice grows 3,000 grains of rice, how many will 3 grains of rice grow? Show your work.

How many grains of rice would be needed to grow 12,000 grains of rice? Show your work.


Write a letter to your Congressman explaining how rice grown in the United States can be helpful in feeding the people of the world.


  • gentle
  • vice
  • fodder
  • trice
  • poem
  • hunger
  • scientists
  • climate
  • Antarctica

Click here to play Rice Rampage!
The Milling Process for Rice:
Getting rice from the field to you takes
a few more steps. Click here to see a video & learn more about the rice milling process.
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