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Pollen Detective

Pollen Detective Activity Book
This book features five hands-on activities designed for 8-to
12-year-olds. Each activity includes one 30-to 60-minute project and extensions. Activities can be used in any order.Also included are objectives and learning outcomes, assessment questions, ideas for a presentation or exhibit and topics for further investigation.

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Pollination /ACTIVITY ONE
Watch a video about botanist Peg Bolick, then identify flower parts and engage in pollination role play.
Learning Outcomes: Youth develop an understanding of the work of a scientist and learn about reproduction, form, and function.

In Search of Pollen /ACTIVITY TWO
Dissect a flower to find pollen.
Learning Outcomes: Youth develop an understanding of structures and their function in living things, and an understanding of reproduction and heredity.

Medical Mystery /ACTIVITY THREE
Analyze a pollen sample to find out what makes Tasha sick.
Learning Outcomes: Youth learn to collect, organize, represent, and interpret numerical and categorical data, and clearly communicate the findings.

Flower Engineers /ACTIVITY FOUR
Design and build flowers to attract particular pollinators.
Learning Outcomes: Youth develop an understanding of the characteristics and life cycles of living things.

Pollen Tracks /ACTIVITY FIVE
Find the plants in ancient environments by "digging" for pollen in artificial rocks.
Learning Outcomes: Youth learn that fossils provide evidence about ancient plants and environments, and learn to collect, analyze, and interpret data.

Pulling It All Together
Create a story about a scientist who works with pollen.
Learning Outcomes: Youth draw on what they have learned in the activities to construct their own understanding of what it means to be a scientist.

New Wonders
Here are some ideas you might like to use for projects or exhibits.
Learning Outcomes: Youth develop an understanding of science and technology in society and of science as a human endeavor.



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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 9909496.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and
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