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Partners in Pollination and Seed Dispersal

Student poses with pollination project
Pollination diagram
Student shows off their project

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School(s): Caroline Elementary, Julie Wells and Jennifer Goodmark
Grade(s): Second Grade
Subject(s):  Reading, Writing, Science, Engineering

Essential Questions
How do plants depend on animals?
Why is pollination & seed dispersal necessary?
Who are the dispersers/pollinators? How do they disperse/pollinate?
How would human lives be different without pollinators and dispersers?

Case Study At A Glance

In this case study, students learned about how plants depend on animals in their local environment. They explored the processes of pollination and seed dispersal and how these processes are mutually beneficial to plants and animals. Student identified local seed dispersers and pollinators, and were able to explain how they disperse seeds or pollinate plants.  

Standards Addressed/Long Term Learning Targets
  • I can compare a variety of plants to determine how seeds are dispersed. (LS2.2)
  • I can explain/build a model to represent an animal’s role in dispersing seeds (and/or) pollinating plants. (LS2.2)
  • I can identify the main idea of an informational text, and what the author wants to answer, explain or describe. (RI.6)
  • I can make meaning from informational texts. (RI.10)
  • I can read challenging informational texts with support. (RI.10)
  • With support, I can strengthen my writing through revising. (W.5)
  • With support, I can strengthen my writing through editing. (W.5)
  • I can speak clearly and use full sentences describe my work and use visual displays to support what I say. (SL.4, SL.5)
Service Learning

Mason Bee Habitat creation, and educational outreach to Caroline School Community

Anchor Texts
Pollination by Dona Herweck Rice
From Bird Poop to Wind by Ruth Owen
Supplemental Texts

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
The Dandelion Seed by Joseph Anthony
Flip, Float, Fly by JoAnn Early Macken
Planting the Wild Garden by Kathryn O. Galbraith
The Bees Count by  Alison Formento