Lesson 1

The Best of Bugs: Designing Hand Pollinators

Hand Pollinator Storybook / Grade 2 / Framingham, MA

The EIE Curriculum

EiE - The Best of Bugs: Designing Hand Pollinators, L1

A storybook introduces the engineering challenge and context. In this story, Mariana, a girl from the Dominican Republic, learns about agricultural engineering as she designs a hand pollinator to use in her garden.

Reflection Questions

What prompts do you see Pat using to activate students' prior knowledge about things in the storybook?

Pat elicits her students' prior ideas about butterflies, problem solving, and insects.

  • Pat gets her students to share what they know about butterflies by asking, “What do you think this story might be about?” (0:34)
  • Prompting students to think of ways they might solve the problem, Pat asks, “How could Mariana test to see if insects are coming to her flowers?” (4:04)
  • Based on the insect unit they just completed, Pat asks, “Do insects have different types of mouth parts?” (5:00)

How does Pat adapt the lesson activities?

Pat makes modifications that help reduce the amount of writing required of her second graders.  She also makes the activities more appropriate for group work. 

  • Instead of having students work on their own to match jobs on Pollination System (1-3), Pat and her students fill in a large Pollination System chart on the board as a group, enlarging the pictures and posting the matches. (7:05)
  • Instead of writing on Engineering Design Process (1-6), Pat has kids work in groups to match cards of the Engineering Design Process steps with Mariana’s actions in the book. (9:26)
  • The guide recommends doing the activity Pollination System (1-3) after reading Chapter 6, but Pat reads the entire book before conducting this activity. (7:05)