Of course, there are the occasional answers that make us cringe such as "What gets on the bees body when they fly from flower to flower?" and one of our little ones answers "Cheese dust!" Hmmm........ well............ that of course, came from our science discovery investigation the week before. I placed wrapped life savers in the bottom of a plastic bucket and covered them with Cheetos. Each child had the opportunity to pretend like their hand was a bee and they dove into the bucket looking for "nectar". When they pulled out their hand, it was covered with cheese dust - just like pollen covers the bee's body as it flies from flower to flower. Luckily, we had only one of these not so right answers and the orchard presenter was impressed with their knowledge! :) Whew!
The Honeybee unit that we taught lasted about 2 weeks. Our kindergarten team wanted a unit that was streamlined and basic. We listed the objectives that we wanted our students to come away with. They were:
1. Honeybees are insects. Insects have 3 body parts and 6 legs.
2. Honeybees have compound eyes and 2 antennae. Bees have a special mouth part called a proboscis.
3. Honeybees are pollinators. As they gather nectar, they spread pollen from flower to flower.
4. The girl bees do all the work.
5. Honeybees make honey. Beekeepers gather honey from hives using special suits and equipment.
Here are examples of some of the pages that we did in our BEE book:
If you are REALLY ambitious, you can make a 3D bee from Styrofoam balls!
If you would like the directions for making the 3D bee, you will find the LINK here.
You can find my BEE unit HERE or click the picture.
Click HERE or on the picture to go to my FREE Insects Eat Too packet!
Peace and Blessings,