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
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
- 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