8-10 yrs old
Climate & Environment
After hearing farmers’ and beekeepers’ stories on the Farm, students embark on their own bee advocacy projects.
August 6, 2020
Kids and Bees Minecraft World
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Kids & Bees: Be a Hero Teacher's Guide
This project was developed with the American Beekeeping Federation’s Kids and Bees program. Explore three new worlds, created by Lifeboat, and use new lessons to introduce students to bees' dynamic and fascinating roles in their own hives and in broader ecosystems. ”Bee a Hero” is Lesson 3/3 of the Farm World.
Introduction (whole class) 10-20 minutes
As a class, watch Imagine a world without bees…, and/or take turns reading aloud the article Bee-ing grateful to our pollinators to refresh students’ memories about the importance of bees to human and natural systems, and the challenges bees face today. Using the questions above, guide a discussion to generate enthusiasm for taking care of bees. Ask students if they have heard the word “advocacy”, and if so, what they think it means. Advocacy can carry negative connotations, especially when politicized, so clarify that advocacy means “communicating clearly about, and taking actions for, a topic that’s important to you, so that others might change how they think, feel, or act about that topic”. Or: advocacy is “compassion in action”. Ask the group if everyone feels ready to become bee advocates, and let them know that they’ll be learning about many different ways to do so, because advocacy is different for everyone!
Minecraft Beehive (explore as individuals) 15 minutes
Direct students to load the attached Kids and Bees Minecraft world file. If this is the first time loading this world, or you would like to start fresh, select Play, Create New, and Template. Choose Kids and Bees from the menu.
Travel to the “Farm” section of the world. There, students will walk around the farm and listen to Bee Advocate Harriet, Teacher Laurie, Farmer Hal, Farmer Maya, Bee Reseracher Serena, Beekeeper Zac to hear about these individuals’ advocacy efforts on behalf of bees.
In-Class Discussion 20-40 minutes
Reiterate that advocacy can look many, many different ways. It depends on an individual’s or a group’s passions, skills, interests, resources, audience, and more. There’s no right or wrong way to be an advocate, as long as you’re putting compassion into action!
Let the class know that now, you’ll be working together to identify an advocacy project that you can complete as a group. See the attached lesson plan for full details.
Please download the teacher's guide for the complete lesson.
Total time 45-85 minutes
This lesson will enable students to:
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