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Pollinators Action Science: Butterflies & Bees Pollinate & Waggle Dance! Now You Do It!

from Author Valerie Marsh

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Combine art, storytelling and math for this Action
Science program! First, your students solve a folktale riddle story about butterflies and flowers. Then they 'fly' their paper butterfly around to 'exchange
pollen' with the 'flowers'. Next, they 'dance' a honeybee Waggle Dance to
communicate with their bee friends, and 'drink' using a proboscis. Easy -
we'll mail you the 'pollen' (brightly colored pom poms), the proboscis
(straws) and paper flowers!

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By Request: $140.00
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45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3

Minimum participants:

Just one!

Maximum participants:

Two classes together or about 45 students for optimum interactivity.

Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Language Arts/English, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Sciences, Literacy, Writing, Reading, Problem Solving, Gifted & Talented Storytelling

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No charge for weather related cancellations.

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Author Valerie Marsh

Johns Island, SC
United States

     Valerie is the author of 13 storytelling books, a writing teacher, and storyteller. Her books include Paper Cutting Stories A to Z, A Treasury of Trickster Tales, Mystery-Fold: Stories to Tell Draw, and Fold, and Story Puzzles: Tales in the Tangram Tradition. Other books include Puppet Tales, and Heroes & Heroines.
     Valerie uses unique ways to tell tales for all ages including "Paper-Cutting" (fold and cut), "Mystery-Fold" (draw and fold), "Story Puzzles" (creating tangram figures), and Sign Language, She offers workshops for students, and professional development for teachers. Her story methods are easy, involve audience participation and get kids excited about writing! No matter which program you request, Valerie tailors her program to your class! Easy and fun!
      Miss Liz Science Wiz joins Valerie for the Action Science programs. Miss Liz uses puppets and physical actions to anchor basic scientific facts presented in our programs. Miss Liz will have your students acting out all kinds of physical and life science concepts!

Please note: All of our programs are for learners in school or at home, or both!

Author Valerie Marsh
317 441 0158

Program Details


1.. Valerie tells a fun story about a pollinators. Then your students retell the story with her and cut out their butterfly.
2. We discuss the science of how pollination works.
3. Each student is either a butterfly or a flower. Everyone has several pieces of pollen (pom pom balls) and then flies around trading their pollen for a different color of pollen. Then children switch roles.
4. We learn about butterflies and their proboscis and act this out with a drinking straw.
5. We learn about bees and how they communicate the location and distance of flowers to the other bees. Students act out this process which is called a Waggle Dance.
6. We learn the sign language for butterfly, bee, and flower.
7. Call to Action: Retell the story, explain how pollination works, and be nice to insects!


Students will be able to:
1. learn and are able to retell a simple story.
2. apply their art skills to our butterfly project.
3. understand and explain the concept of pollination
4. understand and explain the concept of the Waggle Dance as it relates to distance
5. understand and explain the concept of the proboscis.
6. show and tell the meaning of the sign language for the words used in our lesson.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.K.1 to .4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1 to .7
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.1 to .3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1 to .6
Art Standards
Science Standards

State Standards

Valerie is happy to identify your state standards - just let her know!