I am going to teach a unit to second graders on pollination. According to pollinator.org, “pollination occurs when pollen is moved within flowers or carried from flower to flower by pollinating animals such as birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths, beetles, or other animals, or by the wind.” The brightly-colored petals and sweet scent of flowers attracts bees. An insect drinks the nectar from the plant, and in the process, pollen sticks to the bees. Then, the pollen is spread through either the wind, or the pollen spreading to other flowers. The bee drinks until he is full, and then passes the pollen to other bees around him. Then, the bee brings the honey to the hive. Eventually, the honey gets stored in the honeycomb. Each of my three images will feature a bee, hummingbird, and butterfly.
- What do hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies have in common?
- What are some qualities of pollinators?