Lesson 3

The Best of Bugs: Designing Hand Pollinators

Exploring Pollination Materials / Grade 1 / Stillwater, MN

The EIE Curriculum

EiE - Best of Bugs: Designing Hand Pollinators, L3

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

Reflection Questions

Julie creates a different bulletin board for every EiE lesson. How does today’s display help students with the Lesson 3 Guiding Question?

Before class, Julie created a bulletin board that displays the guiding questions and important descriptive vocabulary words.

  • In the center of the board is the Guiding Question, “What materials and properties of materials work best for picking up and dropping off pollen?” (1:11)
  • Around the guiding questions are contrasting pairs of vocabulary words that can be used to describe properties, such as “smooth or rough” and “rigid or flexible.” (1:21)
  • This anchor chart reflects what is going on in the room and provides students with ideas for words to describe the properties of the items in their sample bags. (1:58)

Julie offers her students three additional “bonus materials” to use in their hand pollinator designs. What are some of the benefits of this modification?

Julies’ students are excited about the new materials and immediately start thinking of them in terms of their ability to pick up and drop off pollen.

  • With the bonus materials, Julie’s students get a chance to test their new knowledge by predicting how each will perform. (7:29)
  • By allowing students to conduct one more material test (after discussing the results of other materials), Julie provides an opportunity for her students to deepen their understanding of material properties and the testing procedure. (7:38)
  • Because each group can only test one bonus material, they must collaborate and agree as a team before moving into the testing phase. (7:30)