Honeybees, Butterflies, and Ladybugs: Partners to Plants by: Ashley Campbell

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Honeybees, butterflies, and ladybugs all have fascinating mutually beneficial relationships with plants and play important ecosystem roles. Children also love these creatures. But how do we teach children about these symbiotic interactions and help them appreciate their vital roles in our environment? One must is to give children direct experience observing and exploring living things in the world around them. Direct experiences excite children about science, but Louv notes that “most children today are hard-pressed to develop a sense of wonder” (2005, p. 95). With that in mind, this series of experiences with living things was designed to encourage this kind of wonder in students.

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  • on Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:14 AM

This article encourages the understanding and interrelationships of three very important insects to plants. Students learn about each species and then discuss how each species undergoes that same transformation from egg to adult. What makes this article so useful is that there are great suggestions for resources to foster those understandings for each species.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:37 AM

This article gives us exactly what we need to focus on three fundamental elementary insects. Teachers know these organisms are in their standards...but how do they teach them? More importantly why do we teach them? What is the big deal about bees, butterflies, and ladybugs? Well scientists know that these three organisms help students understand how connected the world is around them. Pollenation, honey production, pest removal are just some of the many benefits.This article blends the big idea about why we study the organisms in the first place, adds common doable classroom extensions (KLW, Venn ;diagrams) and provides sugestions to encourage and enhance field experiences. Great job Dr. Campbell.

Lola Henning
Lola Henning

  • on Sun Nov 06, 2011 2:21 PM

This article lays out simple and effective strategies to introduce the concepts of bees, butterflies, and ladybugs into the classroom. The author lists various instructional methods which will provide students with real world learning experiences. Several resources are also included so an engaging, multisensory lesson plan can be created.

Kisaundra Harris
Kisaundra Harris

  • on Sat Oct 17, 2015 1:34 PM

This journal article provides a foundation of facts for teachers who would like to start a lesson on the beneficial relationship between plants and insects. Included in this article are also additional resources on honeybees, butterflies and ladybugs. This article also highlights how the National Science Education Standards are connected to this lesson in the life cycles of these organisms. This article would be a useful starting point for a unit on pollinators.

Carly D  (Langhorne, PA)
Carly D (Langhorne, PA)

  • on Sat Aug 06, 2011 12:00 PM

This article is worth pulling for the reference lists provided and as a background read before taking on a class project using butterflies or ladybugs (it unlikely you will be using bees in your classroom!) Although the article is well intentioned, there is just too much information presented in the few pages so the tone of the article seems to drive curiosity out - for both reader and student.

Caryn Meirs  (Smithtown, NY)
Caryn Meirs (Smithtown, NY)

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