Pollinator Day on Thursday, May 24 was the culmination of a three month project introducing third grade students to pollination and pollinators. The event was grounded in their studies of the life cycle and traits of a particular pollinator and how the animal’s traits provided an advantage to the environment. Students shared their knowledge with parents, staff and student visitors from other grades through exhibits, games, and tours.
Since third graders care for the Villa garden as part of their service learning, students learned about the challenges facing pollinators and how they could be directly helped in our school garden. They used engineering and maker space skills to build nesting houses for solitary bees. They also designed and planted a pollinator garden with plants they identified as well suited to the needs of their pollinator.
Yet another feature of their learning involved making videos about their pollinators. Students wrote drafts of scripts, learned and practiced speaking skills, and then recorded with Ed Tech Specialist, Kim Alessi. Their final videos could be accessed by visitors our Pollinator Day through QR codes placed on garden signs. Permanent signs will be added so the information can continue to be shared in the future.