Several stations for students to rotate through:
Look at real hornets closely. Draw them.
Wasps in petri dishes with magnifiers
Look at the outside of nests.
Peer into the complete one to see the cells inside.
Look at the outside of the nest with microscopes.
6 microscopes, whole outside of nest, tape to put some nest in journal
Look at the inside of the nest. Draw how they built it.
Nest inside, individual cells in magnifier boxes.
You tube video of nest building:
layers of nest being added over time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cymGYvpKGOg&feature=related
time lapse of outside of nest being built: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF25K9yg8oQ
half a hornet’s nest, see larvae being fed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=v4h_DIQKPPI
Some children are allergic to wasp venom. This activity may need to be avoided, or at least the materials contained.