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BUILD WITH BEES: HONEY

8-10 yrs old

Animals

Climate & Environment

Science

How honey is made, & why. Students practice observational skills and become honey connoisseurs by exploring honey’s wide range of colors and tastes.

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avatar Submitted By: Sarah Red-Laird

August 6, 2020

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Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Honey Color and Flavor

This resource from the National Honey Board lists and describes many of the most common honey flavors.

National Honey Board’s Honey Locator

This interactive map from the National Honey Board helps you find and explore apiaries all over the country.

Beekeeping Regions in the US

Pulled from the “Beekeeping in the United States Agricultural Handbook”, this resource compares beekeeping practices and outcomes in seven regions.

FlowHive’s Honey Flavor, Aroma, and Color Charts

This guidebook describes the honey tasting process, providing reference resources for new and experienced tasters alike.

Honey: How It’s Made

This 3-minute animated video explains how honey is made.

Kids and Bees Minecraft World

Download and open in Minecraft: Education Edition.

Supporting Files

Honey Tasting Worksheet


Kids & Bees: Honey Teacher's Guide


Learning Objectives

  • NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns, Cause and Effect
  • NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
  • NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems; PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
  • Understand the differences between nectar, honey, and pollen
  • Make systematic observations about different kinds of honey

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 eleven new lessons to introduce students to bees' dynamic and fascinating roles in their own hives and in broader ecosystems. "Honey" is lesson 2/5 in the Beehive World.

  • Raise your hand if you’ve eaten honey before.
  • Have you ever wondered how bees make honey? Take a guess about how they do it. Invite a few students to share their guess with the whole class.
  • What words would you use to describe honey? Do you think all honey looks or tastes the same? Why or why not?

 

Student Activities

Introduction (whole class) 10 minutes

Turn students’ attention to the delicious mystery of honey by leading a discussion using the introductory questions. Let students know that during this lesson, they’ll learn the answers to these questions. As a class, watch “Honey: How It’s Made.”

Minecraft Beehive (explore as individuals) 20-30 minutes

Direct students to load the attached Kids and Bees Minecraft world file. Speak with Bee Girl and travel to 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.

Once students arrive in the hive, bee guide Aaliyah will ask students to help her make honey and will walk students through the bees’ process gathering nectar, storing it in cells in the hive, and heating and fanning it with their wings to reduce moisture.

While in the honey section, students will also talk to bees Molly and Nia to learn about how honey flavor and color varies in different geographical regions and based on the plants bees are visiting. Ask students to take notes on which varieties of honey are produced in your state.

In-Class Exercise and Discussion (whole class and small groups) 25-35 minutes

Now that the students understand how honey is made and that there are many varieties of honey in the US, bring the lesson close to home with a honey tasting party!

In advance, purchase three varieties of honey: a light, a medium, and a dark. Local honeys will make the lesson more personal for the students, but you might not be able to find three distinct local honeys, so just use whatever you can find! Try natural grocers or farmers’ markets if you can’t find three honey varieties at your regular grocery store.

Please download the teacher's guide for the complete lesson. 

Total time: 55-75 minutes

 

Performance Expectations

This lesson will enable students to:

  • Describe how and why bees make honey
  • Collect data about and compare characteristics of different kinds of honey

 

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Honey Color and Flavor

This resource from the National Honey Board lists and describes many of the most common honey flavors.

National Honey Board’s Honey Locator

This interactive map from the National Honey Board helps you find and explore apiaries all over the country.

Beekeeping Regions in the US

Pulled from the “Beekeeping in the United States Agricultural Handbook”, this resource compares beekeeping practices and outcomes in seven regions.

FlowHive’s Honey Flavor, Aroma, and Color Charts

This guidebook describes the honey tasting process, providing reference resources for new and experienced tasters alike.

Honey: How It’s Made

This 3-minute animated video explains how honey is made.

Kids and Bees Minecraft World

Download and open in Minecraft: Education Edition.

Supporting Files

Honey Tasting Worksheet


Kids & Bees: Honey Teacher's Guide