Grade Range
3rd-7th
Active Time
90 minutes
Total Time
90 minutes
Area of Science
Zoology
Plant Biology
Key Concepts
pollination, insects, parts of a flower, adaptations
Credits

Overview

bee on flower

"European honey bee extracts nectar" by John Severns

In this activity, students learn about plant reproduction and use real data to construct explanations about which flowers are the most attractive to different pollinators.

NGSS Alignment

This lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
  • 3-LS1-1. Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
  • 4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
  • MS-LS1-4. Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants, respectively.
This lesson focuses on these aspects of NGSS Three Dimensional Learning:

Science & Engineering Practices Disciplinary Core Ideas Crosscutting Concepts
Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions. Construct an explanation of observed relationships.

Use evidence to construct or support an explanation.

Identify the evidence that supports particular points in an explanation.

Analyzing and Interpreting Data. Analyze and interpret data to make sense of phenomena, using logical reasoning, mathematics, or computation.

Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for phenomena
LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms. Reproduction is essential to the continued existence of every kind of organism. Plans and animals have unique and diverse life cycles.

Plants reproduce in a variety of ways, sometimes depending on animal behavior and specialized feature for reproduction.

LS1.A: Structure and Functions. Plants and animals have both internal and external structures that serve various function in growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction

LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems. Organisms, and populations of organisms, are dependent on their environmental interactions both with other living things and with non-living factors.
Patterns. Patterns can be used as evidence to support and explanation.

Graphs, charts, and images can be used to identify patterns in data.

Structure and Function. Different materials have different substructures, which can sometimes be observed.

Substructures have shapes and parts that serve functions.

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Grade Range
3rd-7th
Active Time
90 minutes
Total Time
90 minutes
Area of Science
Zoology
Plant Biology
Key Concepts
pollination, insects, parts of a flower, adaptations
Credits
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