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Alison Jay


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


Science, English Language Arts, Social-Emotional Learning

Regional Focus



YouTube Video

Bee and Me


  • 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. 


  • 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.
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.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • 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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