Investigating Biodiversity

Pollination ecoSTEM Kit Materials Used: Binoculars, Bug Viewers, Field Microscopes & Soccer Cones

ENGAGE - Students Observe This Phenomenon

GATHER

GATHER Energy Investigations

REASON

REASON Biodiversity

EXPLORE a Kit-Supported Learning Experience

Students will watch the Backyard Wilderness video to generate curiosity about the unseen world of plants and wildlife in the schoolyard. Then the class will go outside to investigate. Soccer cones can be placed at the boundaries of the area students may explore, in pairs or teams. Students may use phones or tablets with the SEEK by i-Naturalist app to identify and take photos of species they observe, or draw in nature journals.

EVALUATE

Students should be able to identify some of the plants and animals that live in the schoolyard, based on the verified observations and photos they uploaded to SEEK. They might also be able to tell why some species are absent from the schoolyard (inappropriate habitat, not indigenous to the area, nocturnal, keeping their distance from humans, threatened or endangered species, etc.

ELABORATE

Each pair or team of students will identify a pollinator species to further investigate. Students will find out what their pollinator eats, what plants it pollinates, what threats it faces, and how people can help. Then each group can share their findings with the class.

EXTEND

Students may earn badges for correctly identifying observed species with SEEK. (See Teacher Guide). Students may pair up to create a model of a plant and animal that are adapted to each other in a pollinator syndrome.

COMMUNICATE

Revised EXPLANATION

After making sense of a core idea by engaging in science or engineering practices through the lens of crosscutting concepts, students revise their original explanations of a phenomenon.

EMPOWERMENT

Students will assess the suitability of the schoolyard as pollinator habitat, and check Natural Inquirer for a citizen science project.