Thank you, Bees! | Foster

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)

students pointing at the pollen, located at the end of the STAMENS

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!

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photo from the interwebs illustrating “pollen sacks” on a bee…

students labeling the parts of a flower from a wordbank

students labeling the parts of a flower from a wordbank

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…


Hope Cox

Native to Tennessee, Hope fell in love with urban farming while majoring in Nutrition/Dietetics at UT Chattanooga. She volunteered at an urban farm there for two years and gleaned (pun intended!) bushels of knowledge about harvesting & planting, CSA box coordination, farmers market stands, school field trips, farm-to-table and more. When Hope moved to Los Angeles in late 2014, she began volunteering with EnrichLA and soon after became a Ranger. She loves sharing with her elementary students the hands-on experience of gardening, finding bugs, composting and eating from the garden. The expression of glee on the students' faces when they discover a new critter or favorite vegetable is the best part of Hope's day! One day, she hopes to be a real farmer in the country but for now is glad to be learning the ins-and-outs of inner-city farming.