Lesson 2

The Best of Bugs: Designing Hand Pollinators

Who Are Agricultural Engineers? / Grade 2 / Framingham, MA

The EIE Curriculum

EiE - The Best of Bugs: Designing Hand Pollinators, L2

Students think like agricultural engineers as they perform a play about Integrated Pest Management at an apple orchard.

Reflection Questions

What strategies does Pat use to refresh and/or activate students' prior knowledge of agriculture before they start the play?

Pat reviews what her students have learned in school about agricultural engineers and integrated pest management and also asks them about any out-of-school visits they may have taken to an orchard. 

  • Because agricultural engineers have roles in the play, Pat re-reads sections of the storybook that reminds students what they do. (1:14)
  • Pat reviews the definition and importance of Integrated Pest Management before her students encounter that term again in the play. (2:20)
  • Pat makes connections to the students' own lives by asking them about visits they have made to apple orchards and what they think healthy apples look like. (3:05)

How does Pat modify the lesson to make it more appropriate for her second-grade students?

Pat provides props and re-types the script in large print. 

  • Pat creates character headbands for each of her students to wear during the play. (3:50)
  • Pat printed out the script of the play in large print for beginning readers. (5:06)
  • Because the names of the pests in the play are uncommon and hard to remember, Pat has students refer back to their scripts when filling out the Problems and Solutions board. (6:11)