Pollination Module – Digital Field Trips

Hello students and teachers!

We’re so glad you’re joining us for our Pollination digital field trip lessons. Read through each lesson and click on the links to learn with us.

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We are also offering Family Field Trips onsite at Topaz Farm this spring! Click here for more information and to register.

If you or your teacher is interested in how our Digital Field Trips correlate with Oregon’s Next Generation Science Standards, you can check out our handy Module Descriptions and NGSS Correlations document.

 

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Lesson 1

 

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Lesson 2

  • This week we’re talking about how pollinators help turn flowers into fruits. Pollinators like bees, butterflies, and bats are necessary for many fruits to turn into flowers and seeds – watch the video to see how it works. 
  • Activity: Draw a picture of three of your favorite fruits, and next week we’ll learn if those fruits are pollinated by animals or by some other method.

 

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Lesson 3

  • Last week we learned about what happens when pollinators visit flowers (they turn them into fruits and seeds!).
  • This week we’ll learn about other ways that plants can be pollinated. Not all plants need to be visited by a pollinator to be turned into fruits or seeds. Some plants are self-pollinated, some are pollinated by the wind, and others don’t need to be pollinated at all.
  • Watch this short video for a quick look into what happens when plants are pollinated by the wind.
  • Activity: Now you’re ready to find out how your favorite plants are pollinated with our matching activity: How is this food pollinated?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson 4

  • Honey Bees are one of the most well known pollinators because many humans harvest honey for food and medicine.  The following videos will show you how a bee is born, how they make honey, and finally one way that humans can harvest the honey.
    1. Bees Hatch Before Your Eyes (1 min)
    2. Honey Bees Make Honey (4 min)
    3. Honey Harvest (you tube 2 min)
  • Activity: Name 3 things you learned about Honey Bees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson 5

  • Last week we learned about bees and how they are a vital pollinator nearly everywhere. This week we will learn about the different parts of a flower involved in pollination. The anther produces the pollen, and the stigma collects the pollen to fertilize seeds. 
  • You have 2 options for completing this week’s activity:
    • Option 1: Watch the video on the dissection, draw a flower, and answer the questions below.
    • Option 2: Go outside and ask permission to collect a flower. This may be asking for permission from the land and from a parent. If you pick a wildflower, make sure there are at least 10 flowers in the ground for each you pick.
      • Choose a larger flower, such as a rhododendron, but any will work. Follow along with the video, and dissect the flower. Note the flower’s parts. Since this is a dissection, please only do this option with parental observation. Answer the questions below as you go.
  • Video: Flower Dissection – Reproduction in flowering plants
  • Here’s a flower diagram to help you draw and label flower parts!

    Questions: 

    1. What color are the petals? How many are there?
    2. Does your flower have male and female parts?
    3. How many anthers?
    4. How many stigmas are present?
    5. Is there pollen? What color is the pollen?

 

 

 

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Lesson 6

Oregon Native Plants and Native Pollinators

  • Last week we learned about the flower and its important reproductive parts. This week we will learn about the different native plants to the pacific northwest, what makes a plant “native,” and how to identify some of the common Oregon native plants.
  • Activity: Follow along with the presentation below. It teaches about native plants and how they work with native pollinators. It includes an activity of identifying native plants using a dichotomous key, while thinking about what pollinators we know might like this native plant.
  • Presentation: Native Plants and Pollinators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson 7

Butterflies

  • Last week we learned about native plants and their native pollinators and how they are important to the ecosystem. This week we will talk about one pollinator, the butterfly. Butterflies and moths are extremely important, and varied. 
  • Check out either one (or both) of the videos below on the differences between butterflies and moths!

  • Activity: Design your own butterfly. When designing your own, think about where your butterfly lives, what plants it visits, how they are symmetrical and how the rest of the insect looks.
    • Something is symmetrical when it is the same on both sides. A shape has symmetry if a central dividing line (a mirror line) can be drawn on it, to show that both sides of the shape are exactly the same.

 

  • Optional Activity: Follow the link below to go to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History virtual tour. Navigate to the butterfly hall (on the 2nd floor) and “walk” around. Learn about butterflies. While in the museum feel free to explore, but definitely check out the insect and butterfly sections. 

 

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Lesson 8

Pollinator Garden

  • Last week we talked about butterflies and how they are important and very visual pollinators for all over the world. This week we will learn about how to make a garden pollinator friendly.
  • Activity: Use the information and guidelines below to draw your own pollinator friendly garden. Remember that native plants in your location are the best!  If you have access to gardens, go outside and observe the pollinators that buzz, crawl, and fly around the garden. Think about how you can best support them in your garden’s design.
    • Guidelines for your garden (try to use as many as possible):
      • Have a water source
      • The greater variety of plants you have, the more pollinators you will attract. Use the links below of Native Plants and Favorite Plants of Pollinators to choose plants for your garden.
      • Have nesting materials for birds and insects that could include: flowerpots with drainage holes bottom-up on the ground; small piles of twigs and brush; mud puddles.
    • Want to see what we came up with? Click below for examples of pollinator gardens we drew at home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson 9

Design a Pollinator 

  • Last week we learned about the important facets of a pollinator friendly garden. This week we will apply all of our knowledge to design an insect pollinator and flower for our pollinator.
  • Activity: Use this guide to design your insect. You can design your insect by:
    • Drawing and coloring an insect
      • You will need a piece of paper and some crayons, markers, or colored pencils
    • Making an insect out of natural objects
      • Go outside and find items to make the insect parts
    • Designing a lego insect
    • Using household objects arranged in the shape of an insect
  • Activity 2: Design a flower for your insect using this guide. You will need scissors, glue, and paper. Make a flower that goes with your insect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson 10 (last lesson!)

Protecting Pollinators

  • We have learned so much about pollinators together! We’ve learned that pollinators visit flowers to turn them into fruits and seeds that we eat, we’ve learned lots about flowers and the different parts they have, we’ve learned that there are many types of pollinators – not just bumblebees, we’ve learned about all the amazing things that bees do, and we’ve learned how to plant a garden that pollinators will love.
  • Now we want to talk about just one more thing: what we can do to protect pollinators. Sadly, pollinators are facing some challenges right now, but the good news is, there’s lots that we can do to keep them healthy!
  • Activity: Watch this video for a review of why pollinators are so important, and to learn about some of the issues facing pollinators and what we can do to help them. Then, try to think of three things you can do to protect pollinators. You can use ideas from the video, your own brain, other people in your home, and past weeks of Pollination lessons!
  • Bonus Activity: Take the Pollinator Pledge!