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Educator Guide: Plants, Pollinators, and Me!: Plants, Pollinators, and Me! Educator Guide

Plants, Pollinators, and Me!

Tips to Come Prepared

Before you visit the Genovesi Environmental Study Center (GESC) with your class, review the Educator's Guide to prepare for your students.

  • Read the Essential Questions (p. 1) and Connections to Standards (p. 2) to decide how you want to link your curriculum with your field trip
  • Complete the Pre-Visit Lesson with your class activating student interest and engagement
  • Come to GESC ready to engage and learn with our experiential, hands-on field trip program, Amazing Amphibians

Library Finds

Phenomenal Pollinator Facts!

  • The word “pollen”, has been used in science texts since 1760 and means “the fertilizing part of flowers”. Earlier in history it meant “dust or fine flour”.
  • Flies often pollinate stinky-smelling flowers. To improve production of fruit, people will often hang bits of rotten meat from trees to attract flies!
  • Black-and-white ruffed lemurs are the world’s largest known pollinators - the pollen of the Traveller’s palm gets stuck to their fur while they drink its’ sweet nectar, which they then unknowingly transfer to other flowers allowing for pollination to occur.
  • Bumble bees pollinate via ‘buzz’ pollination, shaking their bodies vigorously to release the pollen with a flower, a strategy only bumble bees with their big fuzzy body can manage. Buzz!
  • Plants have evolved different flowering times that occur throughout the growing season to decrease competition for pollinators and to provide pollinators with a constant supply of food.
  • Bats pollinate over 300 species of fruit, including mangoes, guavas and bananas.
  • Every species of fig tree depends on its own specific wasp variety for pollination.
  • Ornithophily, or bird pollination, is the pollination of flowering plants by birds.

Essential Questions

  • What are the parts of a plant? What function does each part of the plant have? 
  • What is a pollinator, and why do flowering plants need pollinators' help? 
  • What are some types of pollinators, and why do they pollinate certain flowers? 
  • Why are pollinators important and how do our actions impact them? 

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Plants, Pollinators, and Me!

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Kindergarten: Unit 3: Our Environment
Grade 1: Unit 3: Structures and Behaviors in Living Things
Grade 2: Unit 3: Plant and Animal Interactions

K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
K-ESS3-1. Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.

First Grade
1-LS1-2. Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.
1-LS3-1. Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that some young plants and animals are similar to, but not exactly like, their parents.

Second Grade
2-LS2-2. Develop a simple model that illustrates how plants and animals depend on each other for survival.