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Learning outcomes

Students will:

  • recognize and label the parts of the flower.
  • demonstrate knowledge of how flowers are pollinated.
  • demonstrate how bees act as pollinators.

Teacher planning

Time required

45 minutes for each activity

Materials/Resources

  • Copies of page one of the Pollination Mini Page — one per student
  • Copies of the Flowers and Pollination handout — one per student
  • Copies of the Busy Bees handout — one per student
  • Copies of the Pollination Assessment handout — one per student
  • Computer with internet connected to a multimedia projector
  • Computer lab or individual student computers (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencils

Handouts

Flowers and pollination
This is the handout the students complete during activity one. This document contains an answer key.
Open as PDF (740 KB, 4 pages)
Busy bees
This is the handout the students complete during activity two. This document contains an answer key.
Open as PDF (707 KB, 2 pages)
Pollination assessment
This is the handout the students complete during activity three. This document contains an answer key.
Open as PDF (607 KB, 2 pages)

Activities

Activity one: Flowers and pollinators

  1. Explain to students that they will be learning about the parts of the flower and how bees help flowers grow.
  2. Project page one of the Pollination Mini Page for the students to see, and explain that students will be using this to answer the questions. Explain that the first worksheet only uses the “what is it” column and that the second uses mainly the “how is it done?” section.
  3. Pass out copies of the Mini Page and the first handout. Students should work independently, but they can ask each other for help, if necessary. While they are working, walk around the room to monitor and answer any questions.
  4. Once everyone is finished, have each student trade papers with a classmate to check each other’s work. Go over the answers and clear up any misconceptions.
  5. If going immediately to the next activity, tell students to keep the Mini Page and handout on their desk. If not, they should put them in a safe place for the next day.

Activity two: busy bees

  1. Tell students that they will now learn more about bees. Give each student a copy of the Busy Bees handout, and tell students they will use the middle column of the Mini Page to answer the questions.
  2. Students should work independently, but they can ask each other for help, if necessary. While they are working, around the room to monitor and answer any questions.
  3. Once everyone is finished, have each student trade papers with a classmate to check each other’s work. Go over the answers and clear up any misconceptions.
  4. If going immediately to the next activity, tell students to keep the Mini Page and handout on their desk. If not, they should put them in a safe place for the next lesson.

Activity three: Pollination picture

This activity can be done as either a whole class activity or individually as a final assessment. If used as an assessment, have students try it first without referencing their handouts.

  1. Explain to students that they will be learning about the parts of the flower and how bees help flowers grow.
  2. Instruct students to put away their notes, as they will complete this from memory.
  3. Give students the Pollination Assessment handout, scissors, glue, and make sure they have writing utensils. Go over the instructions, and answer any questions. Go over any existing procedures on using classroom materials.
  4. Allow students to work independently, and walk around the room to help students, if needed.

Assessment

Check that the handouts are completed correctly.

Supplemental information

Plant Dissection Activity
This activity allows for extra practice labeling the parts of a flower.
Honey Bees Life Cycle video
This video explains the life cycle of the honey bee in detail.

Critical vocabulary

anthers
male parts of the flower
stigma
female part of the flower
style
a long tube that leads to the ovary on the female part of the flower
ovary
place in the flower where seeds are made
pollen
small particles on the anthers that are needed to make seeds
fertilization
the process where the pollen enters the ovary to make seeds

  • North Carolina Essential Standards
    • Science (2010)
      • Grade 3

        • 3.L.2 Understand how plants survive in their environments. 3.L.2.1 Remember the function of the following structures as it relates to the survival of plants in their environments: Roots – absorb nutrients Stems – provide support Leaves – synthesize food...

North Carolina curriculum alignment

Science (2005)

Grade 3

  • Goal 1: The learner will conduct investigations and build an understanding of plant growth and adaptations.
    • Objective 1.05: Observe and discuss how bees pollinate flowers.