Today at Foster we learned about pollination — the process where pollinators such as bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and bats spread pollen from flower to flower. What is POLLEN, you ask? It is the yellow dust that is made by the STAMENS in the middle of the flower. (You may recognize it as what makes people sneeze in the springtime and late summer. :D)
How do said pollinators pollinate such flowers? Let’s use a bee as an example. Firstly, the flower attracts the bee by its PETALS. As the bee hovers around the middle of the flower, looking for nectar to take back to the hive (to make honey for the baby bees), a bit of golden dust sticks to their bodies from the STAMENS. When they land on another flower, the pollen comes off onto the STIGMA and travels down the STYLE to the OVARIES where seeds will eventually form. The bee continues picking up and dropping off pollen, allowing flowers to reproduce!
My students and I took a moment to list all the fruits we love. Then we thanked the bees for pollinating the flowers so that we have food to eat.
Then we pretended we were little buzzy bees and collected “nectar” for our hive! These kindergarteners had a blast…