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.
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.