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BUILD WITH BEES: BEE A HERO

8-10 yrs old

Animals

Climate & Environment

Science

After hearing farmers’ and beekeepers’ stories on the Farm, students embark on their own bee advocacy projects.

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avatar Submitted By: Sarah Red-Laird

August 6, 2020

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Skills

  • Citizenship
  • Collaboration
  • Communication

External References

Kids and Bees Minecraft World

Download and open in Minecraft: Education Edition.

Supporting Files

Kids & Bees: Be a Hero Teacher's Guide


Learning Objectives

  • NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Cause and Effect
  • NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: Defining Problems; Designing Solutions; Engaging in Argument from Evidence
  • NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems; ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting an Engineering Problem
  • Recognize the role of individual and group advocacy in saving bees

Guiding Ideas

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.

Introductory questions

  • Reflecting back on all you have learned about bees, what do you think is the coolest, or most interesting thing they do?
  • What is the most important thing that you think they do?
  • Why is it important that people take action to help protect bees?

 

Student Activities

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

 

 

Performance Expectations

This lesson will enable students to:

  • Define advocacy
  • Make and hear arguments for and against different advocacy ideas
  • Show enthusiasm for bee species conservation and community building
  • Display empathy charismatic minifauna

 

Skills

  • Citizenship
  • Collaboration
  • Communication

External References

Kids and Bees Minecraft World

Download and open in Minecraft: Education Edition.

Supporting Files

Kids & Bees: Be a Hero Teacher's Guide