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Pollinator Activity and Lesson Plan

The following is a lesson plan created by K3SWCD Summer Intern, Katlyn Post. Katlyn, a resident of Kankakee County, is studying agricultural education at Illinois State University.

Lesson Plan and Activity: All about Pollination

  • This Lesson plan is for K-3rd but can be modified to fit any classroom

  • This was also for an outdoor nature class

Instructional Plan: All about Pollinators

Estimated Time: 60 minutes

Terminal Performance Objective:

  • Learning more about pollinators and pollination

  • By the end of this class the students will be able to identify common pollinators and have a better understanding of what pollination is.


 

Enabling Objectives / Study Questions (use only as many as needed)

  • Identifying pollinators

  • Understanding pollination and what it does for humans

  • Recognize what pollinators do for us and why they are so important

  • Identifying the best habitat for pollinators and what attract pollinators

Materials, Supplies, Equipment, References, and Other Resources:

Links:

 

Handouts:

  • Every student gets a blank flower handout

  • Handful of Cheetos are put in the center of their flowers

Visual:

  • Print outs needed?

Situation (Learners, Setting, etc.):

Upperclassman:

  • Kindergarten through 3rd grade students

Classroom:

  • Rural Area

 

Interest Approach (Motivation):

Est. Time

Motivation:

  • Pollinators and pollination is extremely important to our ecosystem and to the lives we live today.

 

Instructor Directions (PPTs, Handouts,  etc.)

CONTENT

(Content Outline, Questions, Procedures, and/or Key Points)

Est. Time

Introduction:

  • Introduce yourself, what you do

  • Go around the room and ask students what their names and ask what they hope to learn about today.

  • Ask the students what they think pollination is

  • Quick overview of what this is and what all of this means. That way they have some background knowledge for the activity.

  • What is pollination and who are the pollinators?

  • Pollination occurs when pollen is moved within flowers or carried from flower to flower by pollinating animals such as birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths, beetles, or other animals, or by the wind.

  • The transfer of pollen in and between flowers of the same species leads to fertilization, and successful seed and fruit production for plants.  Pollination ensures that a plant will produce full-bodied fruit and a full set of viable seeds.

  • Activity

  •  Handful of Cheetos are put in the center of their flowers

  • They go around to each flower and pick up a Cheeto from each flower and put it in the bowl, once the students have returned back to their flower they can wipe their hands on their flower

  • This demonstrates how bees (or other pollinators) land on flowers and the pollen (Cheeto dust) is then picked up by the pollinators and then transferred to other flowers or plants when the pollinator lands again.

  • Activity continued

  • As the activity is going on explain how the pollen is represented by the Cheeto dust. And that they are the pollinators.

  • The flower printouts are the flowers and plants that pollinators pollinate

  • Summary

  • Pollination is essential for plants to grow. Without pollination none of our fruits or vegetables would be able to grow and as we all know they are very essential to our diet.

  • Something relatable: So, every time you see a corn field or a beans field just know that a lot of bees or other pollinators have to pollinate that or else they wouldn’t grow. Even the trees and flowers in your yard have to be pollinated or else they wouldn’t grow.

  • Extra time

  •  Any Extra time can be spent coloring flowers, showing bug collection, or adding anything else you would

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