Smarty Plants


Activity Description: 

The lesson begins with a discussion about what pollinators are, why they are important, and the adaptations plants have to attract them.  The activity that follows includes a discussion focused on specific plant adaptations for different pollinators, and students then design an imaginary plant adapted to an assigned pollinator.


In this lesson, students will: 

  • Learn about pollination and plant adaptation 
  • Create imaginary plants that are adapted to specific pollinators 
Educational Standards: 

CA State Standards 

  • Gr. 2 Science 2a, 2f • Language Arts LS1.2 
  • Gr. 3 Science 3a • Language Arts LS2.3 
  • Gr. 4 Science 2c • Language Arts R1.3, LS1.1 
Pre-Activity Prep: 
  • Read Conservatory of Flowers Background Information for Teachers. 
  • Students read The Power of Pollinators, How does your Garden Grow, and Trees Please Fact Sheets. 
  • Cut out pollinator cards (see back pages).
  • Student Fact Sheets: The Power of Pollinators; How does your Garden Grow; and Trees Please 
  • Flower and Pollinator Pictures (see back pages) 
  • 1 set of Pollinator Cards (see back pages) 
  • 14 sheets of reused, white paper, each with one blank side, sized 11x14 (or 8.5 x11) 
  • 7 boxes or bunches of colored pencils or crayons 
  • 1 pencil per student 
  • 1 apple cut in half horizontally across the middle to reveal its seeds 
  • Optional: 1 fragrant honeysuckle flower per student
One to two class periods
San Francisco Department of the Environment via OERCommons,