Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding BEEing a Bee! - Section 4: Explanation


It is a common misconception that the children have that the bee is going to the flower to pollinate.  I always try to get the children to the understanding that the bee has no idea it is pollinating.  It is just going to get nectar and pollen for its young.  It is by accident that the bee transfers pollen from one flower to another.  This is an important concept in understanding pollination.  It is also of greater importance that the child understands that there is a mutual relationship between the bee and the flower.  They need each other in order to survive.

  Bees--An Unknowing Partner
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Bees--An Unknowing Partner
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BEEing a Bee!

Unit 3: Pollination and Seed Dispersal
Lesson 2 of 12

Objective: The SWBAT explain the pollination process in simple terms.

Big Idea: A bee is instrumental in pollination! The children will create a simple model of a bee and then mimic its function in plant pollination.

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