1st Grade - Science

LESSON PROBLEM: What happens to rice at the mill?


The rice mill cleans the grain so it is ready to eat. Rice is special from other grains. It is most often eaten in its grain form. Most other grains, like wheat and oats are ground into flour.

At the mill, rice is sent to be sorted from any dirt, sticks or stones it got in the field. The outer coat is taken off. It can then be eaten as brown rice.

Most people like white rice. The rice is rubbed together. This takes off the brown layer and makes white rice. The rice is sent for packing.

The rice is sorted again. Broken pieces are taken away. They are used in other foods like cereal and flour. The whole rice is placed in bags and boxes. It is ready to go to stores in your neighborhood.

Rice can last for a long time. It must be put in a dry place.

Rice is good food for people all over the world. It is good for you. It can be cooked in many ways.


Fold a paper in two parts. On one part draw a picture of brown rice. On the other part draw white rice. Glue real rice to your picture.


Fold a paper into four parts. Draw a picture for each one:

Taking off coat
Making white rice


  • cereal
  • grain
  • roller
  • sort
  • machine

Click here to play Rice Rampage!
Baldo is actually a type of specialty rice grown right here in the U.S. Other types include basmati, jasmine and arborio.
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