Lesson plan

Bees

Summary
A series of activities relating to bees: how bees see, how bees smell, art in hexagons - like honeycombs.
Science content
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
Biology: Sensing, Organ Systems (4, 5, 6)
Procedure

We all eat honeycomb, and talk about what we know about bees.
Ideas for conversation:
Look at honeycombs. What repeating shape can you see in the honeycomb?
Taste the honey. What do bees make honey from?
Chew the honeycomb. Where does the wax come from?
Why do bees make honey?

Divide the class into three groups by handing each student a Q-tip soaked in one of the smelly liquids.
Students form groups with others carrying the same odour.

Student groups rotate around three activities:
pheromones
flower UV matching game
honeycomb art activity

Grades taught
Gr K
Gr 1
Gr 2
Gr 3
Teaching Site
After School Programs at Elementary schools in New York City