Bugscope

Session 2009-076 with Heights Elementary School

Application

The School

School Name Heights Elementary School
School Homepage http://www.sharon.k12.ma.us/school/index.html
Location
Community Suburban
Type Public

The Class

Subjects Taught Technology Integration
Grades Taught Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade
Number of Students 580

The Project

Project Title Plant Pollinators
Insects To Study honey bee, worker and drone, butterfly
Project Description All students in the Grade 4 classes complete a unit on plants. They study the life cycle of a Wisconsin fast plant from seed, artificially pollinating the flowers to produce seeds. To enhance their learning, students would examine two pollinators under the electron microscope, the honeybee (both worker and drone) and a butterfly. The microscope would give the students a close up view of the pollen baskets, proboscis, and hairy body parts of these insects lending an understanding of how uniquely these important pollinators are adapted to their environment. Discussions with experts in the field further augment the unit. Participation in Bugscope allows students an authentic learning opportunity that fits well with 21st century skill acquisition. We are requesting four sessions, one for each of the classes.The students will begin their unit at the start of the new school year.

Miscellaneous

Where did you hear about Bugscope? I learned about Bugscope last year from a member of my personal learning network. I participated in a great session this past spring with a fifth grade class and scientists Scott Robinson, Annie Ray, and Cate Wallace. We hope to extend this fabulous opportunity to a complete grade level in the next school year.

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