Listening to beekeepers and educators, we discovered that children needed to know what amazing honey bees do besides make honey. That produced a children's unit study about the miracle of pollination. This unit study can be purchased at www.grandpastree.com.

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Investigating Pollination 101:

  • is a K-3rd grade level unit study for individuals or group settings such as homeschool
    co-ops, Mini 4-H groups, or school classrooms.
  • Is in a colorful, 20-page magazine format.
  • Describes different pollinators (butterflies,wind, honey bees, bats, mason bees) in an fun, readable format with illustrations and photographs.
  • Describes why pollinators are attracted to various flowers.
  • Describes how pollination produces fruit.
  • Teaches the child how to make a pollinator-friendly habitat.
  • Describes the importance of honey bees and introduces the tiny mason bees.
  • includes 7 investigations and worksheets that children can do--plus a test at the end to see what the child has learned.
  • includes websites and resources.
  • includes the following lab/sketch book in which the child plants one pumpkin seed and records what she/he sees.
  • includes a package of 5 Annie's Heirloom field pumpkin seeds.
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This pumpkin garden experiment needs to begin in mid-may, or whenever the growing season begins for your zone.

Please go to http://www.grandpastree.com to the Investigating Pollination 101 unit study, worksheets, seeds, and the Inquisitive Young Gardener's Pumpkin Garden manual.

Here is the first page of the lab manual/sketch journal...

 

...and here is the last page:

 The last page of the sketch lab, the child will count the number of seeds in one pumpkin and compare the total to the number of seeds she/he started with--ONE!

The last page of the sketch lab, the child will count the number of seeds in one pumpkin and compare the total to the number of seeds she/he started with--ONE!

Enjoy investigating tiny things together!