Pollination Games II

So my original pollination games page is by far the most popular posting on my page. With this in mind, I’ve gathered some additional activities and resources for you to use in your classroom.

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Create a Snail Farm

Snails may be pests in the garden, but they are quite fascinating creatures.  Create a little home for some snails in your classroom, allowing your students to watch and observe the snails in action for a couple days. Start off with a water or soda bottle.  Rinse and dry it out and then put the…

Pollination games

Pollination can be a rather difficult concept to learn–after all, do the bees eat the pollen, or the nectar?  And why is pollination so important anyway? Well, let’s get our facts down, so we’re all on the same page.  When a honey bee lands on a flower, it uses its long tube-shaped tongue (called a…

Composting 101

The topic of composting is huge, and a pretty great jumping off point for about a gazillion subtopics.  From composting you could easily move to exploring different types of soils, composting critters, vermicomposting (composting with worms), the benefits of organic gardening, or waste reduction/conservation.  I’ll eventually post activities  on all these topics, but for today I’ll start…

Learning through Scavenger Hunts

One of my all-time favorite activities to create is the scavenger hunt.  There are so many ways to use a scavenger hunt as a tool of exploratory learning in the garden.  I’ve used scavenger hunts to: Teach students to recognize the plants in their garden plots (ex:  find the cucumber plant, find the carrot plant,…

Ladybug/ Aphid Game

Teaching about ladybugs and aphids is a great jumping off point for so many themes:  good and bad critters in the garden, the food chain, organic pest management.  Aphids are considered pests in the garden as they eat plants.   Ladybugs, on the other hand, eat aphids, so they help our gardens grow.   In…

What’s under our feet?

It can be hard for students to really visualize what exists under their feet, inside the dirt.  To help students understand what the environment is like down there, students get a hands-on exploration and create a classroom mural. Materials: Enough dirt that each group of about 4 students has about a cup of dirt. 1…

Songs about critters in the garden

Going on a bug hunt! (sing to the tune of “Going on a bear hunt!” We’re going on a bug hunt! We’re going to catch some big ones. What a sunny day! Are you ready? OK! Oh my! A bee! A black & yellow bee, Flying over the flowers. BUZZ….. We’re going on a bug hunt!…