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BUILD WITH BEES: BEE TREASURES

8-10 yrs old

Animals

Climate & Environment

Science

Students learn about what bees produce in the hive: honey, beeswax, propolis, bee bread, and royal jelly, and how humans use these products, too.

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avatar Submitted By: Sarah Red-Laird

August 6, 2020

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Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Honey Benefits

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.

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Beehive Treasures Worksheet


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Kids & Bees: Beehive Treasures Teacher's Guide


Learning Objectives

  • NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Systems and System Models, Cause and Effect
  • NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: Analyzing and Interpreting Data
  • NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow In Organisms (How do organisms obtain and use the matter and energy they need to live and grow?); ESS3.A: Natural Resources (How do humans depend on Earth’s resources. Recognize a honeybee hive as a dynamic, complex system)
  • Acknowledge that honeybees do much more than make honey and sting: they produce a wide range of products for their own use that humans can also utilize

Guiding Ideas

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.

Introductory Questions

  • What do people use that comes from a honey bee hive?
  • Do you think bees make those products for humans? Or for themselves?
  • Today, we’re going to explore lots of different things that bees make in their hives. We'll also learn about how bees use those products themselves, and how humans collect and use those products outside of the hive.

Student Activities

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:

  • Holly, Imani, and Tara teach the students about how bees use pollen, as will ask for their help making bee bread
  • Sophia and Jasmine teach the students about royal jelly
  • Jenna, Valentina, and Kiara direct the students to fill holes and cracks in the hive with propolis

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 

Performance Expectations

This lesson will enable students to:

  • Define a "hive product"
  • Describe how and why bees create different hive products
  • Summarize the relationship between honeybees and humans

 

Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Honey Benefits

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.

Supporting Files

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Beehive Treasures Worksheet


https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5ee0074a979d8a04d59d9f7d/t/5eeac3809e78a113fe923426/1592443776593/Beehive+Treasures+Worksheet.pdf

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Kids & Bees: Beehive Treasures Teacher's Guide