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Science in the Garden

Apply scientific thinking to explore the intriguing world of plant and animal life in this interactive program highlighting living organisms, life cycles and systems.

Discover the connection of living systems and investigate why and how flowering plants have developed with their pollinator partners. Gain an appreciation of this delicate relationship by identifying adaptations of plants and pollinators.

K-2: Students learn about different types of pollinators as they hunt for them in the Garden. They learn about the parts of a flower used in pollination as they create a pollinator and try to pollinate a flower.

3-5: Students will identify parts of a flower used in pollination. Students discover the process of pollination while observing and recording various pollinators at work. Students will have an opportunity to compete in a pollination game.

6-8: Students will dissect flowers to identify flower parts used in pollination. Activities will enable students to discover how human impact plays a role in the pollinators’ survival and how our relationship is mutually beneficial.

Pre- and Post-Activities for Operation Pollination

Next Generation Science Standards

Standard: K-8-LS1. From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

  • K-LS1-1 Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
  • 1-LS1-1 Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.
  • 3-LS1-1 Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
  • 4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
  • 5-LS1-1 Support and argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water.
  • MS-LS1-1 Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.

Standard: K-8-LS2. Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

  • 2-LS2-2 Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants. *
  • 3-LS2-1 Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.

Standard: K-8-LS3. Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits

  • 1-LS3-1 Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.

Standard: K-8-LS4. Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

  • 2-LS4-1 Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.