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Building a Pollinator Garden

All Ages

Animals

Climate & Environment

Science

Explore the Pollinator Garden world to learn about bees and butterflies. Tour the museum and grounds, and gather supplies to create your own garden.

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avatar Submitted By: Kristen Healy

July 2, 2020

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Creativity

External References

Pollinator Garden World file

Minecraft world file to support lesson content.

Lesson Plan and Charts

This file contains all of the information you need to teach students about using Minecraft to build a pollinator garden. Includes color coded charts.

Learning Objectives

  • To learn the importance of pollinators
  • To learn different ways to attract pollinators to a garden
  • To understand the value of creating pollinator gardens to protect threatened and endangered species

Guiding Ideas

1.Students should understand the importance of pollinators, reasons that pollinators are at risk, and what the world would be like if we no longer had bees. Prepare the students by sharing one or both of the recommended videos.

•“A World without bees”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7X1xIIyZw3M

•“What would happen if bees went extinct?” a BBC Production

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140502-what-if-bees-went-extinct

2.From the videos, students should be able to understand that one in every three bites of food we eat relies on bees for pollination. And without bees,our sources of food and ability to feed the world’s population would become a great challenge.

3.Before students create their Minecraft pollinator garden, discuss the following questions with the students:

•What is a pollinator?

•Why are pollinators important?

•What types of plants are dependent on pollinators?

•What are ways we can help protect pollinators?

•How might a pollinator garden help to protect pollinators?

•What are some items we might consider putting in our garden?

4.You can find more information on region specific plants for attracting pollinators at http://pollinator.org/guides

Student Activities

1.Provide students with the color-coded information charts.

a.Pink chart – Common pollinators. Are all pollinators bees? Discuss the many different types of pollinators. What ways are they different?Are there certain pollinators you would like to attract to your garden?

b.Yellow chart – Minecraft plants. These are various plants available in Minecraft that may be attractive to different pollinators. Note that most bees do not see red, and most flowers that they are attractive to are white, yellow, blue, or purple. However, hummingbirds and butterflies might be more attracted to red flowers.

c.Blue chart – Items available in Minecraft that will be useful in developing a pollinator garden. Discuss with the students why it is important to have different substrates (wood, dirt, sand) available.

2.Have students plan out their gardens on the provided graph paper. There is also available software (https://mcdesign.michd.me) if students would

rather design their garden online. There are four plots available in the pollinator garden world, each of which is 40 x 20 blocks. Plots are directly behind the pollinator garden museum, where they can gather materials in order to build. They should have an idea of the flowers and materials available in Minecraft

using the color coded informational charts. All of these items will be available either in the museum or in the chests next to the gardens. Have them draw out walking paths, raised beds, edible landscaping, flower gardens, water sources, informational signs, and other materials. Consider having them work in groups, either by working together to design the plots,delegating different tasks, or by having them select the best design in the group.

3.Have students explore the provided pollinator garden world, and construct their very own pollinator gardens within Minecraft Education. Students will find all materials they need (those described in the blue and yellow charts)in the museum, walking path, or chests. Students should take photos of their completed pollinator gardens. They should also have photos of signs throughout the gardens that provide educational information on pollinators.

Performance Expectations

•Students should be able to discuss the components of their pollinator gardens, why they chose certain flowers or materials, and how the gardens can help protect threatened and endangered pollinators.

•Have student groups present their findings as a group in a report or presentation. Have them follow the standard format below:

o Introduction: They should include basic information on the importance of pollinators and pollinator gardens

o Methods: How did they go about planning and constructing their gardens? What plants did they select? What other materials did they use?

o Results: What did the final pollinator garden look like? Utilize screenshots and photos to show their final garden.

o Discussion: If this was a real garden, what types of pollinators would they anticipate using this?

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Creativity

External References

Pollinator Garden World file

Minecraft world file to support lesson content.

Lesson Plan and Charts

This file contains all of the information you need to teach students about using Minecraft to build a pollinator garden. Includes color coded charts.