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The Bee Cause Project: 6 Week Bee Unit - Complete Guide
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Our mission is to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards while protecting our planet's most precious pollinators. The resources we have provided are designed to engage students through observation-based and hands-on learning with a little help from our tiny friends -- the bees! This unit of study has ample resources including teacher guides, video links, material lists, background information, standards mapping, and engaging work for students. 

Subject:
English Language Arts
Life Science
Material Type:
Assessment
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Author:
The Bee Cause Project
Tamara Enright
Date Added:
09/15/2020
Bee Movie Maker
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Lights, camera, action! Well maybe not a Hollywood movie, there is a lot to be learned by filming bees. Dr. Biology talks with bee movie maker and neurobiologist Brian Smith. Listen in as the two talk about bees, Bee Movie, and even take trip inside a beehive to check out what is buzzing.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Arizona State University School of Life Sciences
Provider Set:
Ask A Biologist
Author:
CJ Kazilek
Sabine Deviche
Date Added:
09/23/2009
Bee Navigation
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This video segment from NOVA: "The Mystery of Animal Pathfinders" explores honeybee communication and navigation.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
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PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
09/26/2003
Bees (2nd - 3rd Grade) Lesson & Pollination Simulation Activity
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In this lesson students will learn about the different types of bees, the bee life cycle, and the importance of bees for our local ecosystems. Includes some background information about bees and instructions for the pollination simulation activity.

Time: 45-50 minutes

Materials: "The Honeybee Man" or other book about bees and pollination, small bag of cheetos, pip cleaners, various colors of construction paper, pompoms (small and medium), small dixie cups for water, straws (15 per group), jewerly bags, and yarn

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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Author:
Columbia Gorge STEM Hub
Date Added:
08/13/2020
Busy Bees (2nd - 3rd Grade) Agricultural STEM Activity
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In this lesson, students will learn about bees and their connection to agriculture. Includes activity instructions, variations, and exentsion activities.

NGSS: 2-LS2-2

Common Core: RL.1.1, RI.7, SL2.5

Social Sciences: K.11

Time: 45 minutes

Subject:
Agriculture
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Columbia Gorge STEM Hub
Date Added:
08/07/2020
Fish and Flowers
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We all know rain makes the flowers grow but sometimes fish help too. Thats according to University of Florida ecologist Robert Holt. He and his colleagues studied eight freshwater ponds. There, bees pollinate nearby flowers, while dragonflies prey on the bees. But fish control the dragonfly population by eating their larvae. Holts team compared the flora around ponds with fish to ponds without. Ponds that had fish in them tended to have fewer larval dragonflies, and fewer adult dragonflies which meant more bees, and more frequent pollinations. Plants around fishless ponds, on the other hand, were more likely to be pollen starved. The study suggests one way that the effects of overfishing may ripple onto land. A more complete description of the research and a transcript of the audio file is included. In addition, links to additional resources are included for further inquiry.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture
Provider:
AAAS
Provider Set:
Science Netlinks
Date Added:
12/06/2009
Garden Science: Microscope Lab
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In this 7th grade science lesson, students deepen their understanding of pollen and pollinators by practicing the use of microscopes to observe pollen and bee species from the garden.

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Activity/Lab
Author:
Kyle Cornforth
Date Added:
03/16/2020
Grade 3 - Elementary Framework for Science and Integrated Subjects: How Do Plants Grow and Survive
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Elementary Frameworks for Science and Integrated Subjects is a statewide Clime Time collaboration among ESD 123, ESD 105, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Development of the Frameworks is in response to a need for research- based science lessons for elementary teachers that are integrated with English language arts, mathematics and other subjects such as social studies. The template for the Elementary Frameworks can serve as an organized, coherent and research-based roadmap for teachers in the development of their own NGSS aligned science lessons.  Lessons can also be useful for classrooms that have no adopted curriculum as well as to serve as enhancements for  current science curriculum. The EFSIS project brings together grade level teams of teachers to develop lessons or suites of lessons that are 1) focused on grade level Performance Expectations, and 2) leverage ELA and Mathematics Washington State Learning Standards.

Subject:
Education
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Reading Informational Text
Life Science
Measurement and Data
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Author:
Georgia Boatman
Washington OSPI OER Project
Kimberley Astle
Ellen Ebert
Barbara Soots
Date Added:
06/09/2020
Grade 5 - Plight of the Honey Bees
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Should governments do more to help save the honey bee?

Good question. We need bees for the survival of seeds and a tremendous number of our fruits and vegetables, but we also need to protect the food supply from pests. Feeding a hungry world is a huge job; likewise, commercial farming and chemical pesticides are big business. However, the economic impact of bee devastation is already being felt throughout the world. For example, in parts of China, the government has told farmers to hand pollinate apples and pears.

Colony Collapse Disorder is a global problem, and different governments are responding--but should governments do more?

This unit of study combines Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards for Language Arts, and the C3 Framework for Social Studies Standards; additionally, this fits the "You Decide" OSPI-Designed Assessment (formerly know as the Classroom Based Assessment--CBA)

Subject:
Environmental Science
English Language Arts
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
Evergreen Public Schools
Karen Morley-Smith
Date Added:
05/17/2018
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Honey Be
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This lesson will help adult learners to identify honey bees, identify different types of honey bees in a hive, describe pollination process, interpret the importance of pollination and honey bees for pollination and gain knowledge about beekeeping. This will provide a business idea for them to pursue at the same type help conserve honey bee populations. In the long run this will help make food production sustainable. Several online and paper resources are available in this lesson. The mobile-based activities will enhance the learning experience. It will enable learners to access materials and recall and also perform an interesting assignment by taking photos. Only free mobile tools like Wix.com and Whatsapp are used.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Shamila Janakiraman
Date Added:
08/08/2019
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Honey Bees and Environmental Sustainability - BEE My Friend
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This lesson will help adult learners to identify honey bees, identify different types of honey bees in a hive, describe pollination process, interpret the importance of pollination and honey bees for pollination and gain knowledge about beekeeping. This will provide a business idea for them to pursue at the same type help conserve honey bee populations. In the long run this will help make food production sustainable. Several online and paper resources are available in this lesson.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Shamila Janakiraman
Date Added:
08/08/2019
Inquiry Project: Endangered Bees
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Our Inquiry project was made to raise awareness for bee extinction in Hawaii. It teaches the children the importance of bees, and it also teaches them why they should want to raise awareness to preserve bees. It covers the standard KLS 1.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Jazel Barbrack
Date Added:
10/11/2016
Operation Bee
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The following is a lab manual with three different activities to help students become more aware of bee's. The goal of Operation Bee is to educate students about the impact of bees in our everyday lives. Through observation, data collecting, and engineering students will engage in an effort to increase awareness and data available on bees.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Kate Larson
Emma Davis
Sarah Weston
Donna Trane
Kyana Trane
Lora Gibbons
Date Added:
01/17/2018