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Sights and Sounds of Spring, Grades K-5

Lessons, Activities, and Curriculum Resources Usher in Spring

Found In: arts, language arts, science, social studies, preK-2, 3-5

A variety of curriculum resources for grades K-5, focus on bees, the changing seasons, myths, and haiku.

Lesson Plans & Activities

Lesson Plans

Africanized Honey Bees on the Move
Students in grades K-12 learn about honeybees and bee safety with a variety of lessons and activities.

Build Your Own Stonehenge Activity
Students in grades 3-12 can use a compass, rope, and stakes to build a “Stonehenge” and record the track of the sun as the year progresses.

Get the Buzz on Honey Bees
Students in grades 3-5 learn about honey bees, nectar and pollen gathering, and life in the hive.

Seasonal Haiku: Writing Poems to Celebrate Any Season
Students in grades 3-5 write and illustrate haiku depicting seasonal images.

Can You Haiku?
Students in grades 3-5 learn the conventions of haiku and write their own.

Honey Bees and Pollinatiom
Students in grades 4-6 learn the importance of honey bees to agriculture.

The Double Life of A Squirrel: Seed Disperser and Predator
(K-12) Students observe and collect data on squirrels consuming or dispersing seeds in different habitats.

Activities

Free Pollinator Friendly Planting Guides
Enter a zip code to access a planting guide for your ecoregion.

Honey Bee Game
Collect the nectar and fill the comb. A link to the game is in the left sidebar.

 (Grades K-3)

Background Resources

Haiku

About Haiku
For younger students, this page can be printed.

Bees

The Life Cycle of A Bee  ( PDF, 650 KB, 4 pgs.) A brief illustrated description of the three stages of a bee’s life.

Honeybee
Photo, range map, audio.

Decline of Honey Bees Now a Global Phenomenon, says United Nations
“…of the 100 crop species that provide 90 per cent of the world's food, over 70 are pollinated by bees.”

Equinox

The Vernal and Autumnal Equinoxes
An illustrated description for (Grades 3-5)

Myths

Persephone: Greek Queen of the Underworld, Goddess of Spring
A description of Persephone, goddess queen of the underworld, wife of the god Hades, and the goddess of spring growth.

Demeter
A description of the goddess of agriculture, grain, and bread, the prime sustenance of mankind and mother of Persephone.

Horai
A description of the Horai, goddesses of the seasons and the natural portions of time.

Animations

Printables

Bees printables
10 printable pages: crossword puzzle, word search, vocabulary, etc.

Video

Silence of the Bees (50:40)
The first in-depth look at Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and the search to uncover what is killing the honeybee.

Honey Bee Swarm (2:28)
A beekeeper collects a swarm of honey bees to form a new hive.

 

last updated: February 7, 2019

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