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Inside A Bee Hive

Tags: Class Ideas, All-Seasons, Outdoor, Indoor, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, Bees

Time: 60 mins (Use a combination of activities for a 30 min class).

Author: The Bee Cause and Whole Kids Foundation


Greeting and ReviewStart in the usual way
Main Lesson Talk about the different bees that live in hive and the different stages of the worker bees life.
Activity 1 (10 min, est.)Ask questions (from pg 6): Share fun facts about bees (pg 6)
Activity 2 (20 min, est.)Read the Magic School Bus (also available in Spanish)Convert the class into a bee hive by assigning bee roles. Follow instructions in handout
Activity 3 (20 min, est.)Pheromone experiment.
Cleanup None (Allow 5-8 mins for any cleanup)  
Goodbye2-3 minutes to say goodbye
External ReferencesHoney bee landing zone video:
Nasonov gland:
The alarm pheromone
Worksheets(Please email the worksheet separately)01a_InsideTheHive_Intro.pdf
Additional ResourcesRefer to Whole Kids Inside the Hive web page for cool visuals and additional videos and images.

It is a good idea to split the class into smaller groups and rotate activities, if possible.


ACTIVITY 1: Inside the beehive (01a_InsideTheHive_IntroNotes.pdf)

1.    Ask questions (from pg 6): 

Who has seen a honey bee?

Has anyone heard stories or seen movies about bees?

Has anyone ever seen a queen bee?

2.    Share fun facts about bees (pg 6)

ACTIVITY 2 : Become a Beehive (01b_InsideTheHive_BecomeABeehive.pdf)

  1. Part One:
  1. Read the Magic School Bus (also available in Spanish)
  2. Follow instructions in handout

Part Two:

  1. Show students the worker bee chart.
  2. Tell the students you are going to turn the class into a bee hive. Follow instructions on the handout. (Also use the comparison chart (01b_InsideTheHIve_BecomeABeehive_ho1.pdf)

ACTIVITY 3: Pheromones Experiment (01c_InsideTheHive_Pheromones.pdf)

  1. Bees use smells to communicate. Discuss; watch pheromones video; watch nasonov video.
  2. Follow instructions on handout. Materials are available in Green Classroom. Please notify supplies committee when running low on supplies.

CLEANUP & GOODBYE (Include Cleanup and Goodbye)

  • Wrap up class.


The Bee Cause:

Whole Kids Foundation

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