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Insect Pollination in a Warming World


As a high school or introductory undergraduate Biological Sciences teacher, you can use this set of computer-based tools to teach about insect pollination and the impact of climate change on pollinators, pollinator systems and food security.

This lesson plan will allow you to teach about insect pollination and various plant-pollinator systems. It includes a hands-on activity to teach your students about plant adaptations and nectar guides, different types of pollinators, their role in the natural and man-made world, and the environmental factors that affect pollinator behavior and effectiveness. This lesson plan will further explain how warming global temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, and extreme weather events due to climate change, influence insect pollination.

Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in Biological Sciences.

Learning Outcome

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  1. Learn about insect pollination, plant-pollinator systems, and types of insect pollinators
  2. Describe factors such as temperature, precipitation, and extreme weather events affecting insect pollination
  3. Discuss the implications of climate change on plants and insect pollination

Lesson plan developed with contribution from Gargi Khandelwal, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India.

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