5th grade students work together in teams to create an ecosystem to support Pacific Northwest pollinators.
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.
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.
This video segment from NOVA: "The Mystery of Animal Pathfinders" explores honeybee communication and navigation.
- Life Science
- Material Type:
- PBS LearningMedia
- Provider Set:
- PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
- Teachers' Domain
- National Science Foundation
- WGBH Educational Foundation
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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
In this lesson, students will learn about bees and their connection to agriculture. Includes activity instructions, variations, and exentsion activities.
Common Core: RL.1.1, RI.7, SL2.5
Social Sciences: K.11
Time: 45 minutes
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
This activity is a presentation of honeybee anatomy and behavior.
- Material Type:
- Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
- Provider Set:
- Pedagogy in Action
- Patricia Babolian
- Date Added:
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.