Earth to Sky: Connecting with Our Ecosystem
An Environmental Learning Resource for Educators, Families, and Caregivers

MODULE 1: Bees & Other Pollinators

Context

Pollinators perform a vital role in global ecosystems, with up to 85% of all plant life (and approximately 35% of the human food supply) requiring their support for survival. Pollinators face their most significant threat in habitat loss, offering a means for individuals and communities to support pollinator health through habitat conservation and restoration projects.

Learning Objectives

Learners will:
- Identify pollinators and understand their ecosystem function;
- Understand pollinators’ role in human food systems and understand human impacts on pollinator habitat;
- Take action in supporting pollinator habitat and understand how to become involved in conserving or improving pollinator habitat in their communities.

Exercise Pathways & Materials

Exercises can be completed as an ordered curriculum offering, or they can be used as standalone activities.* Exercises from different learner pathways can also be mixed to create a customized curriculum. All exercises are available through the links below:

Early LearnersIntermediate LearnersAdvanced Learners
<-- Introduction to Pollination -->
Color a Worker BeeBuild a BeePollinators of North America: Compare & Contrast
Pollinator Matching GameCreate a Pollinator Matching GameCommunicating Information with Dance
Waggle It!Waggle Dance!Food Tracing Exercise
Find Foods GameFood Finding ExercisePollinators Under Threat: Identifying Challenges
Connect the DotsPollinators: Test Your KnowledgeSupport for Pollinators: Researching Local Resources*
<-- Milkweed Protector Pledge -->
<-- Build a Pollinator Box -->
Plant SearchEcosystem ObservationYour Local Pollinators: Designs for Conservation*

*The Designs for Conservation exercise builds upon work from the Researching Local Resources exercise.