activities go along with my other articles, making a complete
bee unit study.
Observe bees in your neighborhood.
Do they keep visiting the same flower? Do they seem to prefer one type
of flower? Is there more than one kind of bee visiting this garden? Write
you observation in a notebook.
Keeping a safe distance,
try to observe, identify and describe the differences between a wasp and
Write, audio tape or video
tape a commercial promoting bees and the ways they help man. Try to promote
why we should not be afraid of bees. Show the commercial to your friends.
Visit a beekeeper. Ask
for a tour.
Purchase some honey from
someone who keeps their own bees.
Bees only sting when they
feel they are in danger. Discuss why you are more likely to get stung by
a bee if you flail your arms and swat at a bee. If you are ever stung by
a bee you should run and seek shelter.
Draw bee parts on index
cards. Draw at least 4 of each of the following:
head, thorax, abdomen,
3 left legs, 3 right legs, stinger, wings, and antenna.
Deal out 4 cards to each
player. Starting with the youngest player, play "go bee" using the traditional
"go fish" rules.
Bees "smell" with their
antenna and breath through their spiracles in the sides of their bodies.
They also have a straw like tongue and plier like jaws and together they
are called a proboscis. Draw a picture of what you would look like if you
had those same features. Don't forget those HAIRY legs!
Why do you think honey
bees have hairy legs and wasps don't? Think about pollination.