This page includes links to resources to go along with my Pollination Unit! Find the Pollination and other nature-based learning materials in my Shop!
1.) Related freebies from Wild Earth Lab
Unusual pollinators game – directions and cards. Students ask yes/no questions to identify the pollinators taped to their backs.
2.) Related reading from Wild Earth Lab
3.) Pollinator Research Project: suggested resources (external links)
- The Center for Plant Conservation has a great database of pollinators and the plants they pollenate. This can be helpful when selecting a pollinator to research for this project.
- The Xerces Society offers informational handouts about native plants and pollinators for various regions within the United States. Use it to find pollinators in your region!
- I created a list of Department of Wildlife websites for each US state. You can use your state’s websites to find information about wildlife in your area, and in many cases this includes info on native pollinator species.
- The US Forest Service offers information on different types of animal pollinators, by category (bees, birds, etc…).
4.) Additional reference websites (external links)
- The story of Darwin’s hawkmoth – a moth with a 12-inch-long proboscis that pollinates 12-inch-long spur-shaped flowers, from California Acadamy of Sciences
- Info on pollination from the US Forest Service
- Info about wind and water pollination from the US Forest Service
- Article for the BBC about insect color vision
- NC State University – What do bees see?
- Database of UV flower patterns
- Ecological Society of America – article about the lesser-known vertebrate pollinators.
- Unusual pollinators from the Houston Zoo.
- Unusual pollinators from the US Forest Service.
5.) Additional activity ideas and lesson plans for instructors/parents (external links)
- Partners in Pollination lesson plan from Smithsonian Education; includes a fun design-a-flower activity (various age groups)
- The Pollinator Partnership put together a great list of free pollinator curricula for a variety of age groups!
- The Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources offers a list of pollinator activities sorted by age group (early, upper elementary, middle/high school). Includes links to materials.
- Pollinator links for educators from Ohio State University.