The Bug Chicks-Mission:Pollination (Episode 5)

Contributor
Prince William Network (PWNet)
Type Category
Instructional Materials
Types
Animation/Movie , Illustration
Note
This resource, vetted by NSTA curators, is provided to teachers along with suggested modifications to make it more in line with the vision of the NGSS. While not considered to be “fully aligned,” the resources and expert recommendations provide teachers with concrete examples and expert guidance using the EQuIP rubric to adapted existing resources. Read more here.

Reviews

Description

The Bug Chicks' five minute video provides a fun, animated way of learning about the fascinating world of pollination and insects. In this video, the students observe interesting museums and habitats to look at lesser known insect pollinators. The student challenge at the end leads students into their environment to look for other pollinators and encourages them to bring their observations back to the classroom to discuss.  

Intended Audience

Learner
Educational Level
  • Grade 2
  • Elementary School
Language
English
Access Restrictions

Free access - The right to view and/or download material without financial, registration, or excessive advertising barriers.

Performance Expectations

2-LS2-2 Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.

Clarification Statement: none

Assessment Boundary: none

This resource appears to be designed to build towards this performance expectation, though the resource developer has not explicitly stated so.

Comments about Including the Performance Expectation
This video helps to build background information for the students on the pollination process. In later lessons, students can use the information gained from the video about the structure and function of animal parts to plan and develop a model that mimics the function of an animal pollinating plants or dispersing seeds.

Science and Engineering Practices

This resource appears to be designed to build towards this science and engineering practice, though the resource developer has not explicitly stated so.

Comments about Including the Science and Engineering Practice
Students are viewing the video on pollination to observe and collect information about how insects pollinate flowers and how the shape and structure of the insect's body part aides in that process. This information can be used later when students develop a simple model to show pollination or seed dispersal.

Disciplinary Core Ideas

This resource is explicitly designed to build towards this disciplinary core idea.

Comments about Including the Disciplinary Core Idea
Teachers should provide opportunities to journal or chart new learning from the video, drawing student attention to the butterfly's body parts, the fuzzy insect bodies, and feeding habits as part of the pollination process.

Crosscutting Concepts

This resource is explicitly designed to build towards this crosscutting concept.

Comments about Including the Crosscutting Concept
After the video is finished, the teacher should lead a discussion of new learning and chart the student responses. Post the chart in the room and add to it as more evidence is gathered for how animals help with pollination and seed dispersal.

Resource Quality

  • Alignment to the Dimensions of the NGSS: The information provided in this media presentation builds toward the Performance Expectation: Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.

  • Instructional Supports: Students not only hear information about pollination, but they also see an animated drawing representing the pollination process.

  • Monitoring Student Progress: Teachers can evaluate what students learned from the media presentation through whole-class discussions or written journal entries after the video.

  • Quality of Technological Interactivity: The Bug Chicks' short five minute video provides a fun, animated way of learning about pollination and insects.