Pollination Games II

Photo credit:  Lotus Carroll https://www.flickr.com/photos/thelotuscarroll/4781618419/in/photostream/
Photo credit: Lotus Carroll https://www.flickr.com/photos/thelotuscarroll/4781618419/in/photostream/

So my “Pollination Games” page is by far the most popular posting on my blog.  With this in mind, I’ve gathered some additional activities and resources on pollination for you to use in your classroom.  And if you’re in need of an overview of what exactly pollination is, please check out my original pollination games posting.

Games and Activities:

  • Check out this page with some of the best pollination games I’ve come across!
    • I particularly like the Insect Pollination activity, where students hold a relay race for pollen, and at the end are set up for a rich discussion on cross-pollination and how the bees were not trying to pollinate, but accidentally moved pollen from one flower to the next.
    • Also, look up the Busy Bee activity, which reinforces the parts of a flower while also illustrating pollination.  Students will become the parts of a flower and act out pollination.  I would suggest one addition to their activity would be to add a fanny pack to the bee, to act as the “pollen basket” (and if you want to act out pollination with a younger group, this activity from my page would probably be more appropriate).
    • And finally, don’t miss the Wind Pollination activity to better illustrate wind pollination (although I would suggest the flowers should be cut from white or green paper in this activity, since wind pollinated flowers are not usually colored to attract pollinators).
  •  Interested in a cross-curricular pollination activity with connections to math (graphing), weather, and conservation topics? This hands-on, discovery based activity really allows students to deeply explore lots of cause and effect relationships with pollination, weather, and our food production.  I highly recommend you take a look!
  • If you are looking for some pollination activities that are adapted for the very youngest of learners, you may want to check this page of simple, but fun activities to introduce pollination.
  • Create a butterfly garden to attract more pollinators to your school!  Use this page to research what types of butterflies are in your area, in order to decide which plants will best attract those butterflies and caterpillars.
  • You may also be interested in checking out my article on a pollinator scavenger hunt.

Printouts

  • The University of Illinois created an activity book that has a pollination song, as well as some printout pollination worksheets including word searches and coloring pages.  This page has some cute printout pages of “hidden pollinators,” where students need to find pollinators hidden in the pictures.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) RWD4
By Dick Daniels (http://carolinabirds.org/) (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Online resources:

  • Here is a collection of relatively shortish videos, all on pollination.
  • Are you looking to create a web quest about pollination?  Here are some additional online resources:
    • This online game allows you to design a flower and see what types of pollinators it might attract.
    • This online game shows you pictures of real flowers and you need to pick which type of pollinator will be most attracted to it.
    • Check out this Nova page on honeybees, with lots of videos, kid-friendly articles, and activities.
    • This fascinating, short (2 min) video introduces colony collapse disorder and shows how scientists are trying to create drones to pollinate flowers in the future.
    • This funny and informative, short (3 min) video shows and explains the “waggle dance” that bees use to communicate with each other.

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Suggested readings:

The Magic School Bus: Inside a Beehive
Joanna Cole. Scholastic Press, 1998.

An Extraordinary Life: The Story of a Monarch Butterfly
Laurence Pringle. Orchard Books, 1997.

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