8-10 yrs old
Climate & Environment
Students learn about what bees produce in the hive: honey, beeswax, propolis, bee bread, and royal jelly, and how humans use these products, too.
August 6, 2020
This resource from the National Honey Board includes nutritional information about honey, tips for substituting honey in recipes, and more.
Gene Brandi, Beekeeper
In this 2-minute video, Gene describes the process bees go through to make honey.
Kids and Bees Minecraft World
Download and open in Minecraft: Education Edition.
Beehive Treasures Worksheet
Kids & Bees: Beehive Treasures Teacher's Guide
This project was developed with the American Beekeeping Federation’s Kids and Bees program. There are three new worlds to explore, created by Lifeboat, and many new lessons to bring students into the wonderful world of bees. "Beehive Treasures" is lesson 1/5 for the Beehive World.
Introduction (whole class) 5 minutes
Introduce students to the concept of products of the beehive, and the human and honey bee relationship, by leading a discussion using the introductory questions.
Minecraft Beehive (explore as individuals) 20-30 minutes
Direct students to open the Kids and Bees world and visit the Hive. Students will meet a scientist in a lab outside of the beehive. The scientist will instruct the students to gather a bee costume, a camera, and a quill and paper from the chest. Students will transport to the hive and meet the NPC Beekeeper Guide outside the hive and receive a welcome and introduction to the beehive. Direct students to explore the different levels of the hive where honey bees are doing their jobs, completing quizzes and taking notes and pictures along the way. In this lesson, students will interact with these specific bee NPCs:
Please note that other bee NPCs exist in Beehive World; students will interact with them in other lessons. Also, note that many of the NPCs have videos to share, so make sure students have headphones. If the students are having difficulty finding the sections of the hive, they can just ask the queen to send them to where they need to go!
In-Class Exercise and Discussion (whole class) 15-20 minutes
Ask students to review their notes and photos, and then to share with a partner one new thing they learned about beehive products.
Hand out a copy of the Beehive Treasures Worksheet to each student.
Break students into small groups, and assign each group a specific hive product. Ask the small groups to discuss the functions of their assigned beehive product, using these questions as a guide: Recap how bees make your product, what bees use it for, and what humans use it for. What would happen if the hive didn’t have this product? Would the hive still function? Ask students to record their group’s notes on the appropriate line of the worksheet table, and have each group choose one spokesperson who will share out a summary of their notes for the whole class.
Bring the whole class together and have one student from each group share out a summary of what their group discussed: the notes they used to fill in their row, and a one-sentence description of what would happen to a hive without their particular product. Ask all students to fill in their own charts as they listen to their peers' summaries.
Invite students to answer the final two questions on the worksheet, and ask students to use their newfound awareness for hive products, and see if they can spot honey, beeswax, pollen (bee bread), propolis, or royal jelly the next time they are in the store with their parents/adults.
Total time needed: 40-55 minutes
This lesson will enable students to:
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