This video teaches students how to construct a bee hotel for Mason Bees.
Students will learn the steps they need to take, the materials they will need, and how bee hotels can positively impact the environment.
This video is short and to the point. A high school student explains and demonstrates how to do the project.
The activity is easy to complete and will provide students with a tangible product they can use to help Mason Bees.
To construct a bee hotel, students will need a container (e.g., box, jar, can, mug), tube-shaped objects (e.g., bamboo shoots, rolled magazine pages, wide straws), and twine or string.
Teachers may want to provide students with art supplies to decorate their bee hotels.
For printable directions, click the link below the video.
Math classes could calculate the area and volume of their bee motels.
Social studies classes could use this project in a unit about supporting the local community.
Elementary language arts classes could watch this animated video of a wordless book on bees and then complete this project as a follow-up activity.
This activity would be an excellent station during a station rotation. Students could work on other bee-related work, read nonfiction texts on bees, and complete other activities at the other stations.
This activity could be used as a culminating project after studying bees.
Other related resources include this video about the importance of biodiversity, this activity that focuses on building a pollinator garden, and this article about plants and animals that are especially confused by climate change.
This resource demonstrates practical steps for how to build a bee hotel using household items. This is recommended for teaching.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
MS-LS2-2 Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
D4.7.K-2 Identify ways to take action to help address local, regional, and global problems.
D4.7.3-5 Explain different strategies and approaches students and others could take in working alone and together to address local, regional, and global problems, and predict possible results of their actions.