Lesson 3
Part 1

The Best of Bugs: Designing Hand Pollinators

Exploring Pollination Materials (1) / Grade 2 / Framingham, MA

The EIE Curriculum

EiE - The Best of Bugs: Designing Hand Pollinators, L3P1

Students perform controlled experiments to identify effective materials and methods for picking up and dropping off pollen.

Reflection Questions

How does Pat provide supports to make it easier for her second graders to evaluate the properties of materials?

Pat scaffolds the lesson by providing written reference questions, rotating among groups to help them evaluate materials, and displaying examples of items during discussion. 

  • Pat provides a printed list of questions for students to refer to that focus on the properties of materials (Is it heavy or light? What color is it?). (3:11)
  • Pat rotates among the groups, asking questions that help them describe the properties of the materials they have. (4:42)
  • Pat has created a chart with pollinator materials pasted to it so that students can see an item when they are listing its properties. (5:54)

Where do you see Pat using the content of the story to motivate and engage her students in the design challenge?

Pat opens and closes her lesson with references to Mariana and the issues she faced in the storybook. 

  • To introduce the lesson, Pat says, “Today you’re going to be careful observers, just like Mariana. You are going to be just like an agricultural engineer, studying some plants and thinking about a hand pollinator just like she did.” (1:22)
  • Pat wraps up the lesson by saying, “You did some really good thinking about what would be good choices, just like Mariana did in her story.” (10:45)