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All About Honey Bees

Found in: science, preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Picture Books

Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber and Brian Lovelock follows the life of Scout, one of approximately 50,000 female bees in a hive. Scout’s job is to locate and communicate the location of flowers with nectar so the hive can survive the winter. This picture book includes an index and suggestions for helping honey bees.

The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees: A Scientific Mystery by Sandra Markle covers some of the same material in more detail and the book focuses on Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and examines possible causes: change in habitat, overwork, mites, fungus, and neonicotinoid pesticides. It features many photographs, has a glossary, and recommends other books and websites.

Lessons & Activities

Africanized Honey Bee Education Project  is a collection of eight lessons for K-3 students covering honey bee anatomy, behavior, songs and stories, and more.

Get the Buzz on Honey Bees is a unit for grades 3-5 that develops skills in and is aligned with national standards in science and geography.  Critical life-science skills from the fascinating world of bees are presented along with geography activities that literally "put bees on the map". 

PollinatorLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure features lessons for grades 4-8 correlated to National Science Education Standards. Among dozens of lessons and activities, students participate in a Bee Hunt! and BeeSpotter research projects.   

In Trouble in the Hive: Researching the Decimation of Honeybee Colonies, students in grades 6-12 learn about the ongoing decimation of honeybee colonies across the country, discuss its possible causes and potential solutions, and participate in a citizen science project to census honeybees in their neighborhoods.


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