Pollination Teacher Resources
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Turn your classroom into a pollination station as your kids transform into moths or predators trying to survive and aiding in plant reproduction along the way. Using silent party blowers as proboscises, the moths will have two minutes to collect as much nectar as possible. They will gather pollen as well, but must avoid being eaten by a bat or other predator. At the end of the session, have the moths graph the number of nectar pom poms and pollen pom poms gathered.
What do bees and children have in common? They both love their sweets. Decorate a flower pot or bucket to look like a brightly colored flower and fill it with wrapped candy and cheese puffs. Have learners reach into grab the candy, covering their hands in powdered cheese and modeling the process of pollination. Extend the lesson by looking at how other insects and animals also serve as pollinators.
The world would be a much different place without the help of pollinators. Read about the important role bats, hummingbirds, and various insects play in plant reproduction, exploring the interdependence of living things in an ecosystem. Learn about the interesting social structure of beehives, each with a single queen, thousands of worker bees, and honeycombs full of babies. Extend learning by printing out pictures of local plants and asking learners to match each plant to its pollinator. Check for understanding by creating reading comprehension questions that address key ideas from the reading passages.
Students explore how plants depend on pollinators to reproduce. In this pollination lesson students dissect a local flower and collect and identify pollinating insects.
Second graders study and examine the structure of a flower. In this pollination lesson plan, 2nd graders observe pollinators in the garden and dissect a flower. Students then plant strawberry plants in the garden and observe the process of "from flower to fruit." Students then draw their observations on paper.
In this pollination instructional activity, students read and assess comprehension. In this labeling and filling in the blanks instructional activity, students answer fourteen questions.
Students identify the different ways things are pollinated and how to manage pollen. In this pollination lesson students complete an experiment on how moths pollinate flowers.
Students go out into the garden and observe pollinating animals through hand lenses. In this pollination lesson plan, students also discuss how animals carry seeds to create new plants elsewhere.
Third graders discuss pollination and how bees pollinate flowers. In this pollination lesson plan, 3rd graders draw the pollination process on a piece of paper.
Students investigate pollination. In this plant biology lesson, students study a diagram of the reproductive parts of the flower and dissect and identify the parts of a real flower.
Students make a scientific drawing of a pollinator with at least five traits that make them well adapted to a given plant(s). They describe in their science notebook the adaptations that make their pollinator well suited to a given plant.
Learners review the parts of the plant and recognize the parts that are important for pollination. In this pollination lesson, students illustrate and label the parts of a flower. Learners compare different types of flowers.
Young scholars explore pollination. In this pollination instructional activity, students get into small groups and physically act out the role of insects in pollination. Young scholars then write or draw what they learned about pollination.
Beautiful high-definition video footage by Louie Schwartzberg captures the flights of hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees up close. Fruits ripen with time-lapse photography and flowers bloom as these animals, along with bats, seek food and end up pollinating plants. Music plays as you witness the masterful symbiosis of nature.
Why are flowers so darn pretty? Well, as your class will find out, it has a little something to do with pollination and plant reproduction. The class discusses all the things that make flowers attractive and how those attractive features lure birds, bats, animals, and insects to help them pollinate other plants or disperse their seeds. They complete a plant diagram and then make flowers of their own that have specific traits tailored to attracting specific types of pollinators. It is a great lesson with background information for you and a project for your kids!
Young scholars describe sexual reproduction in plants, including the process of pollination, how insects assist in pollination, and how pollination differs from fertilization. They also explore the importance of honey bees to Arizona agriculture.
Fourth graders discover the process of pollination due to bees. In this pollination activity, 4th graders read the book entitled How Groundhog's Garden Grew, discussing why the process of pollination is important. Students role play the process of pollination, using paper bees, flowers and dampened cotton balls.
Students describe the complementary relationships between pollinators and the plants they pollinate, identify adaptations that flowers have developed to "encourage" pollination, and create and draw their own "designer" flowers.
Third graders study the terms pollen and pollination. They use appropriate vocabulary in describing their investigations, explorations, and observations (e.g., stem, pistil, stamen, flower). They describe, using their observations, the changes that plants undergo in a complete life cycle (e.g., from the germination of a seed to the production of flowers or fruit).
Students participate in multiple hands-on activities to explore reproduction and pollination. In groups, using a cotton swab and powder, students simulate being pollinators and plants. They name the parts of the flowers and the function of each part. Two more additional lessons provide active activities to examine the food supply and the relationship between animals and flowers.