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Bees! Bees! Bees! Be a Bee!

6-7 yrs old

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

Climate & Environment

Science

We invite you and your class to explore the world of bees in a new way - as a Bee.

avatar Submitted By: Lynne Telfer

December 8, 2018

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Roles of Bees

A great summary of the roles of Bees

*** The Bee Garden World ***

The Bee Garden world specifically made for this lesson. Feel free to download and use.

Supporting Files

**EXCLUSIVE FOR THIS LESSON ** BEE SKINS!


CHANGE the name from Beehive.ZIP folder to Beehive.MCPack Give each student a copy - double click and it will install 3 bee skins for the project!

Learning Objectives

  • Science - Inquiry Skills - Planning and conducting - working collaboratively to decide how to approach an investigation
  • combine ideas in a variety of ways and from a range of sources to create new possibilities
  • assess and test options to identify the most effective solution and to put ideas into action
  • explore the roles of a typical ant colony with one Queen.
  • explore communication and "super mind" of an ant colony.
  • work collaboratively with peers to meet a common goal

Guiding Ideas

Who am I?

  • What species of bees are you and your ant brothers and sisters?
  • How do we collect pollen?
  • What kind of land do we inhabit?

What do I do?

  • What roles are available in the beehive?
  • What does a typical beehive look like? What are the hexagon sections used for?
  • How will we communicate?

How does the "super mind" of a bee hive work?

  • How can we simulate the communication system of an bee?
  • How do we ensure the safety of the collected food?
  • How to we look after the queen and the eggs?

How do we as a society relate to an bee colony?

  • How do we make and follow society rules?
  • Do we have our own "super mind" in our society?

Why are bees becoming endangered?

  • What can we do to help?

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Project Introduction

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"So... you are an bee now. A cute homeless little bee! Don't worry! You are no alone. You have your brother and sister ants to help you! Before you make a new home in a beehive  you will need to research a few things!"

  • First of all, what kind of bee are you?
  • The only thing you know for sure is you only have one queen! Find out what species you class would like to be! How are you all going to decide? What methods will you use to make a group decision?

This section will be a very interesting introduction to the concept of a single or "super" mind. If we find it difficult to make a decision, how do bees do it?

Once the students have discussed the species and the method they used to come up with an agreed answer, they need to look at the garden they will live in.

  • what types of pollen is available?
  • So how do bees collect pollen?

The world has a number of flowers that have pollen on top. It will be glowstone dust representing the pollen.

Look at how bees communicate:

  • How do they let others know about pollen locations?
  • How do they manage to do a complex task without talking?
  • How can we replicate that?
  • Do we not talk as we make the hive?

We know who we are and what we eat... now we need to organise roles. What jobs are available in the bee hive?

Choose to be one of the following:

  • Sorry, you cannot be QUEEN. Standing around all day making eggs is boring role-play. We have a plan for the Queen!
  • Worker Bee
  • Forager
  • Cleaners
  • Drones
  • Undertakers
  • Nurses
  • Builders
  • Temperature Controllers
  • Guards

Research what is expected of you and help your colony.

 

Student Activities

Let's get ready to enter the world!

1. Give your students the Bee skins file. When they double click it, it will start Minecraft Education Edition and then student can choose one of three bee skins.

2. Open the Bees world on your computer and invite them in.

"You are now a bee - amonst many other bees. You have researced all you need to know about bees and you must now role-play with your fellow bees as best you can. Be the Bee!"

Now we have bees flying everywhere! It is up to you how much direction your students need. Do they need direct instruction or can they determine how to role-play using the research they had?

Demonstrate:

  • the activities of each role of the Bees.
  • How the Beehive chambers are used
  • How the beehive is cooled
  • How the beehive is defended
  • How Bees are born and nurtured
  • How food is created
  • How a new colony is formed
  • How would your colony deem it is successful?

Have some bees as Reporter Bees - taking photos and recording all the activities into portfolios.

Have Bees act out specific scenarios. Capture the action via video or screenshots.

Now come to the side and watch the fun!I have my computer linked to the big screen for this part - they can easily see the whole beehive grow.

The group must now create the nest! Go go go!

[If you have class mode running, freeze them once in a while and ask them to analyse what is happening. Who is making the honey? Who is looking after the eggs? Who is collecting pollen? Where will you place the dead bees? etc...]

At the end of the lesson they can now make posters on the side of the nest to label everything that is happening! Label all the chambers. Include information about the roles of the bees.

 

[You or the students can take photos and download as a portfolio for assessment or further presentations.]

 

Now to a group photo with the bee hive in the background!

 

Reflection

 

How did we go?

Does it look like a real beehive?

Did we complete all the chambers needed?

Did we all stay in bee character?

How did we communicate what we where working on? How powerful is a collective mind?

How do we determine our own rules and expectations in our society?

Do we have a similar collective mind?

 

Performance Expectations

  • I can work collaboratively with the class to complete a single group project.
  • I can research relevant information to assist with our project.
  • I can discuss the life of a bee.
  • I can discuss the roles of a  bee.
  • I can discuss the "super mind" of an ant colony and how it relates to our own society.

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Roles of Bees

A great summary of the roles of Bees

*** The Bee Garden World ***

The Bee Garden world specifically made for this lesson. Feel free to download and use.

Supporting Files

**EXCLUSIVE FOR THIS LESSON ** BEE SKINS!


CHANGE the name from Beehive.ZIP folder to Beehive.MCPack Give each student a copy - double click and it will install 3 bee skins for the project!