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Lesson Plan

Bees

Summary: 
A series of activities relating to bees: how bees see, how bees smell, art in hexagons - like honeycombs.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
Biology: Sensing, Organ Systems (4, 5, 6)
Curriculum connection (2005 science topic): 
Life Science: Characteristics of Living Things (grade K)
Life Science: Needs of Living Things (grade 1)
Life Science: Animal Growth and Changes (grade 2)
Life Science: Diversity of Life (grade 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 tested: 
Gr K
Gr 1
Gr 2
Gr 3
Teacher: 
Ingrid
Site tested: 
After School Program at Elementary schools in New York City
Lesson plan originally developed and delivered: 

New York After School programs