Pollination Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan uses activities, an extension, quizzes, and discussion topics and questions to help students learn more about the different types of pollination.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students should be able to:

  • define pollination
  • identify the various types of pollination
  • describe how pollination occurs


60-120 minutes without the activity & extension

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.

Key Vocabulary

  • Pollination
  • Style
  • Stamen
  • Carpel
  • Fertilization
  • Self-pollination
  • Cross-pollination
  • Animal pollinators
  • Biotic
  • Pollinator
  • Abiotic
  • Anemophily
  • Gymnosperms
  • Hydrophily
  • Entomophily
  • Zoophily


  • Pictures or videos showing pollination


Warm Up

  • Start the class off with a couple of questions:
    • Does anyone know the purpose of pollination?
    • Can you name an animal involved in pollination?

Video & Discussion

  • Write the key vocab on the board before starting the videos. Give students a few minutes to copy it down, having them write out the definitions as the videos plays.
  • Play the video lesson What Is Pollination in Plants? - Definition & Types.
  • After it has played in its entirety, describe the importance of pollination to our food supply.
  • Using small groups, have students describe how the pollination process occurs to one another.
  • Now play Pollination Process: Male & Female Flower Components.
  • After it has played, discuss the structures involved in pollination.
  • Compare and contrast the various forms of pollination. Show pictures or videos where appropriate or where you believe it will help students more readily understand these forms.
  • Answer any remaining questions before moving on.

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