Monday, February 22, 2016

The Indispensable Bee & Lessons for the Classroom



   Watch out for those stinging bees! 

   Soon the sight of spring flowers will bring busy bees out of their nests. Bees may sometimes seem to be pesky. But, bees are pollinators. 

   Bees carry pollen to plants as they look for nectar. Bees and other insects pollinate much of our fruits, vegetables, nuts and other edible plants.  Unfortunately, according to experts, the bee population is becoming depleted. The predicament of the bee impacts wildlife and us all. Learn more about the important bee with this collection of lesson plan packets, videos, songs and ideas for your classroom and school. Who knows? Maybe your class or school could spot and report bees, sponsor a beehive, apply for a school garden grant or create a community wildflower garden for pollinators!





https://The Bee Cause
An activity book with 32 pages to include:
Why do we need Bees? Assembly/talk, a script in pantomime and discussion versions, bee quiz, badges, Phylo Ecosystem games, making food chains, Introduction, Phylo Trivia, Phylo Snap (learning about wildlife), Phylo Dominoes, Phylo Rummy, make your own phylo card, food chain worksheet, Infant Bee games, Waggle Dance game, Pollen Game, make a bee, Bee hotels, Roll a bee, Bee Friendly in school, A Bee-friendly plants survey, Bee friendly plants recording sheet, making a bee-friendly space, sponsored bee hunt and identifying bees, National Curriculum links in Science, and Support from Friends of the Earth.
https://Yellow Bumble Bee Song
A fun song for young children about bees.
https://Silence of the Bees Podcast
   PBS scientists and bee experts discuss bees and how they relate to our economy and ecosystems. There are suggestions on what we can do to help reduce the decline of  these needed pollinators. 
http://Bumble Bee Activites
This Bumble Bee link involves printable worksheets for kids 4 -11 and upwards, crafts, games, and a poem. 
Bumble Bee Anatomy
This colorful worksheet shares the anatomy of a bee as well as the differences between a male and female, queen, carpenter bee and worker bee.
Bee Spotter/
The Bee Spotter connects the science community with the public by involving them in bee data collection
https://Honey Bee Life Cycle Video
This 9 minute video concerns the life cycle of a bee.
https://Bee Time Lapse Video
This is a one minute video time lapse of bee development.
https://An Aesop Story: The Bear and the Bees
This is a video using Aesop's tale about the Bear and the Bees.
http://Sponsor a Hive Bee House
 Sponsor-A-Hive provides hobby bee keeping programs to help increase bee populations, educate the public, and pollinate nearby fruits and vegetables.   
A Bee is More than a Bug/
This website shows how to make a polymer clay bee and hive. This link shows facts about bees, and the life cycle of a bee.
http://How To Project: Establishing a Wildflower Meadow
This link gives directions on how to create a wildflower meadow.
https://How to Grow Wildflowers | P. Allen Smith Classics
This video demonstrates how to develop wildflowers into a large landscape and other tips.
http://Grants for School Gardens
This printable grant application for a school garden is from the Wild Ones, Seeds for Education. 
http://Reading Rainbow Printable Teaching Activities
A printable booklet of 16 pages involves topics for discussion, book lists, science, math and literacy activities, games and curriculum extensions.


Reference
US Fish and Wildlife Service. (2015). Pollinators. Retrieved from http://www.fws.gov/pollinators/

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