Written by Jean C. Echols
Quote E.O. Wilson, Virgil, or Pooh; the honeybee figures in
loving tributes across the erasand rightly so.
Studying this beautiful, beneficial social insect could absorb
the rest of our livesif only there were time. In this
extensive and fascinating unit, young students get a good introduction
to the honeybee's extravagant communication system and intricate
behavior, and an appreciation for our interdependence with these
and all insects. In a series of guided-discovery activities
that build on one another, the children make paper bees to learn
about bee body structure; act as bees in a beehive drama, taking
the parts of guard bees and other role-players in the hive;
perform bee dances to learn how bees communicate directions;
and learn about bee predators and honey robbers. Detailed posters
of bee anatomy and life stages are included in the guide, and
a bee mural captures each elements of the unit as it comes into
Live bees are not a part of this unit, but taking a field trip
to a local beekeeper is a great way to expand the experience.
See the online orientation video.
Time: Six 60-minute sessions, one 15-minute session, two 20-minute
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