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Alison Jay


K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th


Science, English Language Arts, Social-Emotional Learning

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Bee and Me

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  • This animated video, based on a wordless picture book by Alison Jay, tells the story of a girl who befriends a bee. The girl realizes that the bee is not happy living away from the natural world, so together they plant flower seeds all over the city. 
  • Students will learn about the importance of bees in nature and the importance of nature in humans' lives. 
Teaching Tips


  • This wordless story promotes visual literacy.
  • The illustrations are extremely detailed and show the changing seasons.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers should remember that there is no right or wrong way to read a wordless book. Each child will have their own interpretation of the story.
  • Students should be familiar with concepts such as pollination, bees' role in ecosystems, and the decline in bee populations.


  • Teachers could pair this story with a nonfiction book about bees.
  • Before reading, teachers could ask the following discussion questions:
    • What do you think this book will be about?
    • Why do you think the author/illustrator chose to create a story without words?
    • What do you know about bees?
  • After viewing the video, teachers could ask the students to predict what they think will happen next and discuss the need for bees in nature.
  • The teacher could pause the video throughout to ask the students to explain how the bee and the girl feel and ask what might make them feel that way?
  • In art class, students could draw their favorite part of the story.
  • More advanced students could write a text to go along with the illustrations.
  • Students could choose a page from the book and use speech bubbles to show what they think the bee and the little girl are saying or thinking.
  • Another resource on this topic is this activity on growing a pollinator garden.
Scientist Notes
This is a picture book that displays the importance of being kind to bees. Bees are essential for conserving our biodiversity and also aid in fruit pollination. This resource is recommended.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • K-ESS3-3 Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • 2-LS2-2 Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.K.2 With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.7 Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
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