There are two main parts to this unit, Wisconsin Fast Plants, and Bees.
The best place to learn more about the plants is the Wisconsin Fast Plants Home Page. For a drawing of a flower with parts labeled, visit this page. To see close-ups of Fast Plant flowers, click on left navigation for the sub page.
The Biology of Plants website also has information on pollination.
insure that the self watering system for the Fast Plants works well,
make sure that students firm the soil in the quads enough that no air
pockets are left in the soil. Also, rinse the watering mat in water with
a small amount of detergent before placing it on the water trough the
first time. Remember that the quads need to be watered from the top for
the first few days.
There are some very good Internet resources for bees.
BeeHoo, is an on-line "Beekeeping Directory," a great place to learn about bees and beekeeping.
PBS's NOVA had a program on honeybees, Tales From the Hive, which has Web resources. The Honey Bee Waggle Dance
has information about bees and a student role playing game which you
can do with a group of students to help them learn about this
interesting behavior of honeybees.
NOVA also did a program on flowers, and has an activity online
for students to try to match the flower to the pollinator. The text
with it is a little challenging but students may benefit from giving the
game a try.
Microscopy-UK has a page with magnified views of the eyes and legs of honeybees.
Visit the Smithsonian Institution's Partners in Pollination for some additional information, ideas, and lesson plans on pollination.
What You Have Learned:
Visit ESP's page on Writing About Pollination for some more ideas.