All About Pollination

Brittany Zae

This lesson is designed to help students develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.

Grade Level: 1 - 3rd


Length of Time: About 45 Minutes

Objectives & Outcomes

Students will be able to understand the importance of bees in the process of pollination.

Materials Needed

  • Cheetos
  • brown paper bags
  • bee finger puppets
  • white flower cut outs
  • science journals
  • pollination experiment graphic organizer (can easily be made)


Opening to Lesson

Think-Pair-Share: talk about how when the bee is sitting on the flower, pollen gets stuck to his legs. When he flies to another flower the pollen on his legs fall off on that flower and that's how seeds are made. “How do bee’s pollinate flowers?”- have students discuss with their elbow partners and call on students to answer aloud.

Body of Lesson

Direct Teaching

  •  Show animated video of bee pollination
  • Place guiding questions on board:
    • “How do bees collect pollen and nectar?
    • “What is the bee anatomy?”
    • “Why are bee’s yellow and black and have stingers?”

Guided Practice 1

  •  Making flowers and bee puppets: talk about the parts of a bee and assemble puppet with the students.
  • Circulate the room to make sure students are on task. Have students color and assemble the bee finger puppet, cut out a white flower and paste it onto a brown paper bag. Then the teacher will fill bag with cheetos. 

Guided Practice 2

  • Partners A/B:
  • Have students partner up, placing Bee finger puppet on their hands. Students will land on their flower (reach inside and eat some Cheetos or just touch them if they don’t want to eat them).
  • Remind students not to lick their fingers or wipe off Cheetos- Students then fly their bee to their partners flower and wipe their fingers (the bee’s legs) on the white flower to represent the bee dropping off pollen in another plant.

Independent Practice

  • Experiment Summarization: Students will use a graphic organizer to individually draw/write out what the experiment they just completed represented.


  1. What did you learn today?
  2. Who asked a good question/contributed to today’s lesson?
  3. What did you like about today’s activity?
  4. How can we make it better next time?
  5. How can we use this outside of the classroom? or why is this important to the world outside our classroom?
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Assessment & Evaluation

Through guided questions, close monitoring and informal observation; the teacher will be able to assess student’s ability and understanding of the subject being introduced. Through individually assessing during independent practice and reviewing during guided practice the teacher will be able to evaluate students.

Modification & Differentiation

Allow extra time for lower students to review. Provide extension opportunities for early finishers.

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