This primary science resource was created to help teach students about pollination and plant adaptations for attracting pollinators.
Here’s what you’ll find inside:
• PowerPoint & Student Book
– Click through and discuss this seven-slide PowerPoint, complete with real photographs and a few sentences of information per slide, to introduce students to the concept of pollination and examples of ways that plants have adapted to attract pollinators. Students can follow along in their student books and fill in the blanks as they find the needed information in the slides. The last page also asks students to apply the information learned by providing examples of plants they see where they live. I like to store these books in a pocket in my students’ science notebooks so they can refer back to them throughout the unit. They are also great to send home to practice fluent reading and share what students are learning at school with their families. (Please note that although the words are the same as those on the PowerPoint, pictures in the student book are in clip art form, rather than photographs, to allow for easy black and white copying.)
• Parts of a Flower Note-taking Handout
– This chart makes a great insert for science notebooks. Four main parts of the flower (petals, stamen, pistil, and ovary) are labeled and space is given for students to add a few additional notes.
• What Do Flowers Look Like? Hands-On Observation & Comparison
– In this activity, students will observe two flowers, describe them, sketch them, and label their parts. I prefer to provide real flowers for my students to use in this activity, but I have also included six photo options you can use if fresh flowers are not available. A hand lens is also useful if you have them available. A Venn diagram is included as a second page if you would like to have students compare the flowers. I find this helpful in pointing out that although the flowers may be different colors or shapes, they still have stamen, petals, and a pistil.
• Demonstrating Pollination
– Students will demonstrate pollination using a clothespin and a pom-pom to represent a pollinator of their choice, and show their understanding in writing. Two options are included; one uses fresh followers, the other uses silk flowers and paint.
• Design a Plant
– Another easy-prep option for your science center! Students will imagine a plant that has adapted a special way to attract pollinators, sketch it, and describe those adaptations using this printable. Students love to share their responses to this prompt!
These activities relate to the following Next Generation Science Standard
2.LS.2.2 Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.
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- Amanda Taylor @ Second Grade Smiles