A Case Study and Collection by
A. Sam’s Story
B. Howard’s Story
1. Geologic Time/Coevolution
2. Bye-Bye Bees
C. Betsey’s Story
2. Why the Sneeze?
3. Pollen Viewer
4. Flower Parts
5. Pollen Collection
Blueberry blues: Part a
Sam is a truck driver for Kimbrell Distribution and one day
he was driving north on I-70 to his destination of Maine to
assist farmers with their blueberry crop. He was drinking
lots of coffee as it was 5:00 A.M. on an April morning and
had just started his journey. As he was driving, he noticed
the traffic slowing as he neared St. Louis and wondered to
himself, “Is there a wreck ahead?” Knowing he was on a
strict schedule, he began to wonder if he could make a
short cut by driving on the shoulder of I-70 to
the nearest off ramp to take a different route.
Sam made the difficult and dangerous decision to
drive on the interstate shoulder, but it became a bad
decision very quickly. As he drove his 18-wheeler on the
shoulder, he soon realized he did not have enough room.
“I’m not going to make it” he whispered to himself and as
if he could see the future, his 18-wheeler began to
wobble on the loose gravel on the shoulder. He slammed
on his brakes, which did not help the situation. His truck
tipped over and the back doors sprang open scattering
his cargo. He realized then that his cargo was on the
Luckily, Sam was wearing his seat belt and got out
safely only to be devastated by the scene before him….
questions: part a
1. Speculate what Sam’s cargo is.
2. How might his cargo be helpful to a blueberry
3. What are the clues that helped you make your
4. What do you know about blueberries?
Blueberry blues: part b
Howard woke up to the ringing of the telephone. “Can
you come and help us out?” cried an agitated voice. “We
are at the scene of an accident and your expertise is
Howard raced to the closet and put on his loosely fitting
white body suit that covered him from head to toe. He
finished dressing by putting on his mesh face cover so
that no skin was exposed. He grabbed his stainless steel
smoker that was needed to calm the cargo and headed
out the door to the scene.
1. Re-evaluate the previous questions
Blueberry blues: part B
Howard the beekeeper arrived at the scene of the
accident about 45 minutes later. Already on the scene
were some policemen and firemen that closed down the
“Thanks for coming”, said Officer Donaldson.”The bees
are everywhere. The truck was carrying the bees to
Maine to help with the blueberry crop”
Howard assessed the situation and realized he had his
work cut out for him.
• 1. What is the connection between bees and
2. Why are they transporting bees to Maine? Why
don’t they use their own local bees in Maine?
3. What is the purpose of the bee smoker?
Blueberry blues: Part c
After catching his breath from the startling morning, Sam
decided he needed to call Betsey Lou, the blueberry farmer,
to inform her of the accident. After talking to Sam, Betsey Lou
sat down at the kitchen table perplexed with her dilemma
knowing the truck load of bees she needed for pollination of
her blueberries may not arrive in time. She knew that the
other pollinators already in the area were not as effective as
the honey bees, so she became very nervous. “Achoo” she
sneezed “that darn Ambrosia artemisiifolia ”
1. What is making Betsey Lou sneeze?
2. What types of things make you sneeze?
3. Why are the honey bees better pollinators for
4. What is pollen?
5. Describe the process of pollination
6. Does every plant produce pollen at the same time?
7. How can Betsey be certain she is sneezing because of Ambrosia?
• Cartwright, Steve. “Missing bees could affect pollinating
season for crops”,
72.html accessed June 17, 2008.
• Nielsen, John. “Declining Bee Population Threatens
Major Growers”, October 18, 2006.
99480 accessed June 17, 2008.
• Pollen diagram
accessed June 18, 2008.
• Students/Teacher could find Data concerning bee
populations that allows students to graph
• Students can write a conclusion to the Blueberry Blues
story with what they have learned about pollination and
• Interview the following: