I have two very vivid childhood memories tied to bees. One is catching them in jars, and the other is being stung as they escaped or were released from said glass. We thought it was so exciting! As an adult I find it kind of strange to think back to those days, and how much fun we had tormenting the poor bees! Little did we know that the bees are endangered… Because of this I decided to create a teaching resource that could include multiple subjects and topics. I’ve combined language, science/biology and crafts to teach students about bees and pollination.
The starting point is a fact-based reader about Bees and pollination. In this reader I address the 15 following questions in a consise and comprehensible way:
|A sample page.|
- What is pollination?
- Why are bees so important?
- Which crops woud disappear without bees?
- Why do bees transport pollen?
- What is a bee’s anatomy like?
- Where do bees live?
- What is a queen bee?
- What is a bee’s life cycle like?
- Which different roles do bees have?
- What does a beekeeper do?
- Which products do the bees make?
- How is honey made?
- Why are the bees endangered?
- What is being done to save the bees?
- What can you do to help?
Initially this teaching resource was limited to language and science/biology. We used the reader in print, and on the computer/smart board, working on reading comprehension. It soon became clear to me that the students were highly motivated to do something. Creating that kind of motivation without following through felt wrong, so I developed two complimentary projects:
- planting flowers
- building insect housing
Within the frames of the projects you can also include writing logs – how did the field of flowers look today? How many bees have we seen? This also prompts the inclusion of math, as you can measure sprouts, keep statistics and so on. My students found it particularly exciting to measure the sunflowers – none of us expected them to grow that big!