Pollinator Pals Mini-Lesson

Objective: Students will learn that plants and animals have different adaptations to aid in pollination.

Suggested Time: 15 Minutes

Reading Level: Upper Elementary

Teacher Background

There are about 250,000 species of flowering plants in the world—and their flowers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. But no matter MORE

Subscribe to TeacherVision to read the full Teacher Background.

Already a subscriber? Sign In.

Print or Project

  1. A Visual Overview: Show the slideshow of photos to your class. Each has a descriptive caption and kid-friendly copy for your students to read. (Please note that there is also more extensive teacher note copy just for you.)
  2. Creative Caption Review: Once you've been through the slideshow for an overview, go back through it again. This time ask students to explain why the captions do (or do not!) work. (Example: Is it a good idea to label the urn plant as a "Red Signal"? Why or why not?)

Click the thumbnail slides below to see the captions and kid-friendly copy up close.

  1. Continue the Conversation: Ask students if they've ever seen a butterfly or other insect pollinating a flower. As they describe their experiences, remind them of such science vocabulary as pollen, adaptation, anthers, and stigma.
  2. Write about it: Put students in pairs. Have one student be a reporter—the other, a flower! The reporter should write the interview questions and the "flower" writes the answers. Icebreaker examples: Where do you grow? How do you spread seeds?

Extension Activities

Reinforcements: These worksheets will be useful as you further develop your teaching unit. The Word Power worksheet will give your students vocabulary practice with key terms from this mini-lesson and the related activity will help reinforce key concepts on plants.


Word Power Vocabulary
Grade: 4 - 6
Students practice vocabulary relevant to plants and pollination by using each defined word in a sentence.



Plant Pollination
Grade: 3 - 5
Students read and illustrate a story about honeybees as pollinators.



Excerpted from:

Eyewitness: Plant

Find stunning photographs of plants from the seed to flower, and learn their fascinating differences and features. © 2008 DK, a division of Penguin Group (UK) Inc.

Receive 20% off your DK purchase with promo code DKCLIP.


If you need to teach it, we have it covered.

Start your free trial to gain instant access to thousands of expertly curated worksheets, activities, and lessons created by educational publishers and teachers.

Start Your Free Trial

Follow us on:

Follow TeacherVision on Facebook
Follow TeacherVision on Google Plus