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Author

National Wildlife Federation

2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Subjects

Science, Biology, Mathematics

Resource Types

• Activity - Classroom
• Activity - Outdoors
• Worksheets

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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.

• 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
• Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
• ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
• 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.
• College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
• Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
• D4.7.K-2 Identify ways to take action to help address local, regional, and global problems.
• D4.7.3-5 Explain different strategies and approaches students and others could take in working alone and together to address local, regional, and global problems, and predict possible results of their actions.
• Common Core Math Standards (CCSS.MATH)
• Measurement & Data (K-5)
• CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.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.
• CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.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.
• CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.A.3 Estimate lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters.
• CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.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.
• CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.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.
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