Capstone Project Title
The research question addressed in this project was: how can I develop a pollinator activity guide for preK-6 formal and non-formal educators? I created and adapted various pollinator lessons and activities that are hands-on, place-based and engaging for early education and elementary students. They include imaginative play, interactive investigations and outdoor discoveries. These activities were designed to raise awareness and increase understanding of the importance, diversity and human connection to pollinators, including bees, wasps, flies, moths, butterflies, beetles and bats. As well, there is a focus on the diversity of native bumblebees and solitary bees in Minnesota. David Sobel and Rachel Carson provided the philosophical framework for the activities, as they focused on personal place-based experiences and student-led discoveries. The pollinator activity guide is a digital PDF and includes 11 activities, lesson materials and educator’s guides to two citizen science projects that allow students to contribute meaningful data and observations, iNaturalist (Minnesota Bee Atlas) and the Bumble Bee Watch. These activities were written to be used by preK-6 educators in urban, suburban and rural settings and are appropriate for the classroom, outreach and nature centers.
Curriculum, Early Childhood, Environmental Studies, Environmental Education
Larkin, Alaiana A., "Developing A Pollinator Activity Guide For Pre K-6 Formal And Non-Formal Educators" (2017). School of Education Student Capstone Projects. 80.