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Activity

Flowers: collecting pollen

Summary: 
Use magnifiers to find the pollen. Use pipecleaners to collect the pollen.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
Biology: Life Cycles (2)
Science topic (2005 curriculum connection): 
Life Science: Needs of Living Things (grade 1)
Life Science: Plant Growth and Changes (grade 3)
Lessons activity is in: 
Materials: 
  • flowers with heavy pollen, ideally of different colours
  • magnifiers
  • Q-tips or pipe cleaners of contrasting colour to pollen colour
Procedure: 

Bees collect pollen, to feed growing bees in the hive.
Pollen can be different colours, to attract bees.
Once students know that the pollen is on the anthers of a flower, give them magnifiers to find it, look at it closely, and find out what colour it is.
(Tulips have black pollen. Orange lilies purchased in florists have red-brown pollen. Fireweed has green pollen.)
Give them pipe cleaners to gently touch the anthers to pick up pollen.

Notes: 

With McBride Elementary, the tulips were not open at Van Dusen, so we used lilies that I had purchased to collect pollen.

Grades tested: 
Gr K
Gr 1
Gr 2
Gr 3
Teacher: 
Christy Wong
Ingrid
Kecia Boecking
Nitsa Panago
Tammy Wreggit
Teaching site: 
McBride Elementary
Oppenheimer Elementary
Van Dusen Botanical Garden
Activity originally developed and delivered: 

Van Dusen Botanical Garden Fantastic Flowers class