Lesson 4
Part 2

The Best of Bugs: Designing Hand Pollinators

Designing a Hand Pollinator (2) / Grade 2 / Framingham, MA

The EIE Curriculum

EiE - The Best of Bugs: Designing Hand Pollinators , L4P2

Students apply their knowledge of materials, the pollination system, and agricultural engineering as they imagine, plan, create, test, and improve their own hand pollinators. 

Reflection Questions

What do you notice about how pairs of students help each other during the design challenge?

Pat’s students clearly benefit from working in pairs as they construct pollinators together, remind each other of what is expected, and help each other with vocabulary words.

  • Both students help hold pieces in place, dispense tape, and assemble hand pollinators. (2:23 and 4:15)
  • One student reminds his partner to “follow from the picture” on Handout 4-5 when thinking about a second design. (3:34)
  • When presenting, one student helps her partner remember the word “pipe cleaner.” (6:42)


What strategies does Pat use support and encourage teamwork?

The ways that Pat interacts with groups and gives directions foster and encourage teamwork.

  • Pat models cooperation by having both boys in the group touch the pom-pom. She then directs one boy to hold the model flower while the other inserts the pollinator. (3:56)
  • Pat has the students “talk with their teammates” and choose one person to tell about the model flower they used and one person to tell how they made the pollinator. (4:54)