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Topics

Expository Writing, Organisms: Life and Growth

Grades

3rd, 4th, 5th

Subjects

Science, Biology, English Language Arts

Duration

60 minutes

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey

Format

Google Docs, Google Slides

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What About Bees?

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This lesson introduces the importance of bees to humans, our food supply, and how children can create a healthy habitat for bees. 

 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students generate ideas in response to the question "Why are bees important to us?" Then students watch a video of the book Bee and Me by author Alison Jay.

 

Step 2 - Investigate: Students create captions for the book Bee and Me to demonstrate the importance of bees. 

 

Step 3 - Inspire: Students develop a plan for how they will help bees in New Jersey.

Positives

  • This lesson creates a collaborative learning environment as students engage with a variety of ELA applications to develop an action plan.

  • The story highlights the value of friendship and the need for beekeeping.

  • The story also suggests solutions for readers to help bee populations, such as growing flowering plants.

  • The video on pollination provides a foundation for students to understand the importance of pollinators.

  • Students are prompted to take action and develop a plan to make a difference, even at a young age, right in their own New Jersey schoolyards or backyards.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students will need a basic understanding of what pollination is and examples of pollinators (bees, hummingbirds, moths, etc.).

  • Additionally, students should observe pollinators, such as bees, in their natural habitat, if possible.

  • Teachers should be prepared with crafting materials and paper for letter writing.

Differentiation

  • For remote learning classes, students can have access to teacher slides and digital resources to participate from home, as needed.

  • This lesson provides opportunities for students to learn about the topic using various modalities including visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile.

  • Groups of students with mixed abilities can collaborate on their storybook scripts and action plans.

  • Learning is structured around explaining or solving a social or community-based issue.

  • Extension activities include:

    • Sharing action plans with peers, other school community members

    • Creating an outdoor pollinator garden on school grounds. Most home and garden supply stores will offer free seeds to schools.

    • Join the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. It’s free!

This lesson plan discusses pollination, bees' role in pollination, and how climate change may affect both bees and pollination. The climate change fact sheet provided is accurate, up to date, and includes references for more information. This lesson helps students think about how nature and the climate are connected. This resource is recommended for teaching.

  • Teacher poses the questions, “How do you feel about bees?” and “Do you like or dislike bees. Why?”

  • Students watch a video of the book Bee and Me by author Alison Jay.

  • Teacher leads a class discussion on the question, “Why are bees important to us?”

  • Students watch the video Pollination for Kids.

    • Students write down questions and curiosities during the video.

    • Students share their questions and curiosities out loud after the video.

  • Students review Vocabulary Cards

    • Option 1: Read each vocabulary word out loud.

    • Option 2: Scavenger Matching Game!

      • Print out the vocabulary cards and cut each card in half, one side with the vocabulary word and the other side with the image. 

      • Hide them around the room. 

      • Students work as a team to find them and match word to image. 

      • Teacher can time the students to make it more exciting. 

  • Class reviews the factsheet How is the climate changing in New Jersey? 

  • Teacher leads a short discussion about the state of bees in New Jersey and tactics that can be used to help them. Suggested questions include:

    • Why are bees important to us? 

    • What is happening to bees because of climate change? 

    • How have humans affected the habitat in New Jersey? 

  • Teacher records the discussion information on an easily accessible medium to review later.

  • Working in pairs, students write captions on post-it notes for the story characters and bees for an assigned page in the book, Bee and Meutilizing information learned about the habitat, welfare, and the future of bees on our planet.

  • After captions are completed, students read the story aloud, sharing their captions for their assigned page.

  • Teacher asks the question - ”How do you want  to help bees in New Jersey?” or “What do you hope people will think about bees if they share this book?”

  • Students develop an action plan for steps they can take to help bees in New Jersey. Potential projects and action plans include:

    • PSA - Public service announcement poster.

    • Letter to family, school or community members.

    • Sketch of pollinator garden/flower seed planting plan.

    • Students complete their plan of action with assistance from the teacher.

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