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Author

National Wildlife Federation

Grades

2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Subjects

Science, Biology, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Activity - Classroom
  • Activity - Outdoors
  • Worksheet

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF

Growing a Pollinator Garden

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Synopsis
  • This engaging activity guides students through the process of growing a pollinator garden.
  • The guide thoroughly explains how to set up a pollinator garden, monitor it, and collect data on its success.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Students will benefit from having an understanding of the importance of pollinators.
  • This engaging, easy-to-follow activity is suitable to be used as a classroom activity or at-home project.
  • The activity incorporates opportunities to embed science, civics, and mathematics skills and understanding easily over the course of the school year. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • If students are completing the activity at home, measurement and data collection skills will be necessary.
  • Coir pellets, seeds, and appropriate growing containers are necessary for this activity. 

Differentiation

  • Elementary science classes could use this activity alongside the picture books Bee and Me and Old Enough to Save the Planet.
  • This activity could be used as part of the action plan after completing StC's Green Spaces Unit
  • Mathematics and science classes could use this activity to thoroughly embed data collection and measurement skills throughout the year. 
  • Older elementary mathematics classes could use the collected data to create line and plot graphs. 
  • Schools or classes wishing to further engage in school gardening could use the resource Resources for Building a School Garden.
Scientist Notes
The resource is a pollinator guide. It contains step-by-step activities to enable students to know the benefits of pollinators in plant reproduction and growth. This is recommended for teaching.
Standards

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Mathematics
    • Measurement & Data (K-5)
      • 2.MD.A.1 Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.
      • 2.MD.A.2 Measure the length of an object twice, using length units of different lengths for the two measurements; describe how the two measurements relate to the size of the unit chosen.
      • 2.MD.A.3 Estimate lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters.
      • 2.MD.A.4 Measure to determine how much longer one object is than another, expressing the length difference in terms of a standard length unit.
      • 2.MD.D.9 Generate measurement data by measuring lengths of several objects to the nearest whole unit, or by making repeated measurements of the same object. Show the measurements by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in whole-number units.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 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.
      • 5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • 2-LS2-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.
      • 2-LS2-2. Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.
      • 5-LS2-1. Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
      • MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
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