Get ready! It is time to discover the pollinating superheroes! I introduce to you, the newest Family Unit Study Powerful Pollinators! This is a fun, engaging science unit study that combines science and environmental education. A perfect unit study to get you outside and observe pollinators in action.
This unit study, like all of our ever-growing-library of unit studies, takes one big topic (Pollinators) and breaks it down into 10 manageable, bite-sized learning opportunities. This format allows you to dig deep into the topic of pollination!
Perhaps you do one area per day, perhaps one per week. Whatever works for your family! You can learn and explore from start to finish in about 1-2 hours per bite-sized learning topic.
For this Powerful Pollinators Unit Study, we have broken the unit study up into the following 10 bite-sized learning topics. Each one includes everything you need for that topic – from a curated YouTube video, to information to read, to a “what’s happening” section, interesting fact, and an ultimate-can’t-be-beat Hands on Activity!
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Topic 1 – What are Pollinators?
Learn about pollination and how important pollinators are. Explore a variety of different pollinators and how they transfer pollen. Play a fun game of Pollinator Animal Match and see how many different pollinators you can name!
Topic 2 – Why is Pollination Important?
Discover how pollination is crucial for flowering plants (including fruits and vegetables) to reproduce. Explore how pollination is connected to the food we eat by creating your own pollinator plate!
Topic 3 – Flower Anatomy
Have you ever wondered what all the different parts of a flower are and what function they serve? Look no further… this topic will have you dissecting and labelling a flower.
Topic 4 – Honey Bees
Honey bees are great pollinators. Learn all about honey bees, their life cycle and hives. Then, create a beautiful piece of honey bee mixed media artwork using hexagons.
Topic 5 – Solitary Bees
Not all bees make honey, but the many species of solitary bees are even more efficient pollinators than honey bees. Make a Solitary bee home to provide a place for mason bees to lay eggs.
Topic 6 – Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds are tiny birds that drink nectar. They use their long slender beaks to reach nectar deep within flowers. Use your artistic skills in the dramatic and visual arts to create pollinator puppets and have fun playing pollinator!
Topic 7 – Fruit Bats
Bats are the only mammal capable of true flight and fruit bats are known to be the pollinators of the tropics. Fruits like pineapple, mango and bananas are pollinated by fruit bats. Put your kitchen skills to the test as you create a Bat Pollinator Fruit Salad made entirely from fruits pollinated by bats!
Topic 8 – Black and White Ruffed Lemur
The largest pollinator in the world lives in Madagasgar has adaptations that allow it to pollinate the traveler’s palm tree. Brush up on your world geography as you explore the globe and mark down pollinators around the world on a map!
Topic 9 – Butterflies
Learn all about the structure of a butterfly and it’s body parts. Then use your design thinking skills to complete the “Butterfly Design and Build Challenge”!
Topic 10 – Planting for Pollinators
How can you help pollinators? By planting a pollinator garden. Research pollinators and native plants then design and plant your own pollinator garden. Use your senses to observe the pollinators that visit your garden and record your findings!
This unit study is so full of learning and a fabulous way to dive into all sorts of academic skills. Geography, Science, Math, Writing, Reading, Culinary Skills, Gardening … there is no shortage of amazingness in this one!
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Thank you so much for reading,