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

by  Author Valerie Marsh

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     Combine science, literacy and sign language in this Action
Science program! 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. Hands-on interactive learning!

We adapt this program to your grade level!
We will mail you all the fun supplies!

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About This Program


By Request: $155.00
By Request Premium: $145.00


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Homeschool/Family

Minimum participants:

Just one!

Maximum participants:

Two classes together or about 45 students for optimum interactivity.

Primary Disciplines

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

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If your school is closed due to weather, please notify us by 8:00 am EST the day of your scheduled program.
In the event of weather-related school closings, we will reschedule your program. If you choose not to reschedule your make-up distance learning program, the full fee will be charged.
Programs are non-refundable. However, cancellations received 48 hours in advance may be rescheduled.

About This Provider

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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 Paper Cutting Stories for Holidays, Puppet Tales, and True Tales of Heroes & Heroines.
     Valerie uses unique ways to tell tales for all ages including "Paper-Cutting" (fold and cut), "Mystery-Fold" (draw and tell), "Story Puzzles" (creating tangram objects), and Sign Language. She offers a wide variety of programs for students of all ages, as well as professional development workshops for teachers. Her writing methods are easy, involve audience participation, and engage students! No matter which program you request, Valerie tailors her program to your students! Easy and fun!
      Miss Liz the Science Wiz joins Valerie for our Action Science programs. Miss Liz uses puppets, sign language and action 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. Along with Valerie, students tell a folktale story about a pollinators. We introduce the sign language for flower, butterfly, bee, yes, no, friend and science!
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 flies around trading their pollen for a different colors of pollen. Then everyone switches roles.
4. We discover how butterflies use their proboscis and then act this out with a drinking straw.
5. We explore how bees communicate the location and distance of flowers to the other bees. Students act out this process which is called a Waggle Dance.
6. We review the story, explain how pollination works, and review the sign language.
7. Call to Action: How to be nice to insects! Plant flowers in your yard! Don't use chemicals.


Students will be able to:
1. learn and are able to retell our folktale riddle story
2. apply their art skills to our butterfly project
3. understand and explain the concept of pollination and its importance
4. understand and explain the concept of the Waggle Dance as it relates to flower location
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!