Save the Bees Project

In this project for 3rd Grade+, we will examine the causes of declining bee populations and come up with solutions we can implement in our communities.

Part 1: Introduction

Watch these videos to introduce the basics of honey bees, and then introduce our Save the Bees Project.

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Big Buzz About Bees

Grade Level: 

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

Check out our busy bees! We'll examine how bees live, all of their different jobs, and see the inside of a real working beehive.

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Save the Bees

Grade Level: 

2nd Grade - 5th Grade

In this class, we'll discuss some of the reasons why bees are dying and examine some of the ways we can help bees in our community.

Part 2: Introductory Worksheets

Demonstrate your understanding of honey bees, native bees, and the problems facing bees by completing these worksheets.

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Bee Problems

Grade Level: 

3rd Grade - 5th Grade

Honey bees are facing many problems that are causing populations to decline. Match each problem with a description of the problem.

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Honey Bee Castes

Grade Level: 

2nd Grade - 5th Grade

Label each honey bee caste and describe the job(s) that each caste performs.

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Compare Bees

Grade Level: 

3rd Grade - 5th Grade

Compare the similarites and differences between honey bees and native bees such as Bumble Bees, Carpenter Bees, and Mason Bees.

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Bee Life Cycle

Grade Level: 

Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

Put the life cycle pictures in the correct order and label each stage of development (Egg, Larvae, Pupa, Adult Bee).

Part 3: Observe

Observe pollinators in your community with these activities.

Pollinator Count

Grade Level: 

2nd Grade - 5th Grade

Observe the pollinators in your community. Record your data in this Pollinator Count Table.

Pollinator Bingo

Grade Level: 

Kindergarten - 5th Grade

Observe pollinators in your local community. See how many different kinds of pollinators you can find, along with their food, water, and shelter.

Part 4: Research Threats & Possible Solutions

These videos will help you learn more about the threats to honey bees and possible solutions. You can choose a specific focus (so you don't have to watch every single video), and make sure to do research online and at your local library as well!

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Pollinator Paradise

Grade Level: 

Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

Learn how to create a pollinator paradise. Examine the needs of pollinators and make sure your paradise provides food, water, shelter, and safety.

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Honeybee Health: Varroa Mites

Grade Level: 

2nd Grade - 12th Grade

In this lesson we'll discuss using scientific methods to identify one of the biggest threats to honeybee health: varroa destructor.

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Pollinator Plant List

Grade Level: 

2nd Grade - 6th Grade

Research plants that provide food for pollinators. Plants should provide pollen and nectar, and something in the garden should be blooming all year.

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