Link to lesson plan and support pages from Scholastic.com. 4 great lessons including familiarization with U.S. map.
Link to lesson plan and support pages from California Academy of Sciences. Standards for 3-7th grades.
In PDF: Includes definitions.
A simple diagram for kids courtesy of;
PDF Document: See a bee’s anatomy.
Link: To EnchantedLearning.com. Copy and paste to print for single use, or buy a membership for multiple uses. Click on Bee Printout to see completed labels.
Link to You Tube video: Make a bee from a toilet paper roll and other supplies. Great for 3-5 year olds.
Free interactive access to a Scanning Electron Microscope so students can explore the microscopic world of insects. Teachers schedule your session and students send in the bugs they would like to explore!
We use centrifugal force to extract honey - kids 8-10 years old will love this force driven activity!
Link to West Mountain Apiary-they have some great information.
In PDF: One page summary.
'The Honey Launderes: Uncovering the Largest Food Fraud in U.S. History' by Susan Berfield - A link to an article in Business Week. A good example of why you should know where your food comes from.
What's Wrong With Our Bees?
Please listen to this podcast from Science Friday;
Link to an Article on Pestiside Action Network from 3/21/2013.
Link to Article from 2013 by Jaymi Hiembuch at Treehugger.com. "One sample of pollen contained a deadly brew of 21 chemicals."
Link to a recent study of pesticides in North American hives by the Department of Entomology, The Pennsylvania State University and the National Science Laboratory - Agricultural Marketing Service, and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and the Bee Research Laboratory - Department of Agriculture.
In PDF: This could be why there is a bee shortage in California.
Make your garden bee friendly by installing plants that flower in each season. Don't buy plants that have neonicotinoids in them. Ask your nursery if the plants contain them. Bees are especially short on nectar from August through October.
For California pollinators;
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Link: Bees need extra help in the late summer and fall.
Link: Nectar bearing plants that bees like.
A link from Beyond Pesticides.
Start Your Own Hive
Link: Everything you want to know about bees and beekeeping.
Link: Everything you need to become a bee keeper. They also carry great wholesale honey, royal jelly, propolis, candle making supplies and the biggest variety of Burt’s Bee Products I’ve ever seen.
Link: Beeswax is 100% natural and a renewable resource that actually cleans the air by emitting purifying negative ions. Learn about how they are made. These candles can be purchased online or locally at Sacramento Beekeeping Supplies.
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