Bees + Flowers + Pollination = Honey!

We were fortunate to work with the Planet Bee Foundation again this year!

IMG_7340_MG_6591 copy     Their team taught several wonderful pollination lessons to our kindergarten, first, third and fifth graders. Kindergarten and first graders enjoyed observing a frame from our school’s bee hive…

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And had fun identifying the different parts of dead bees.

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Then they learned the basics of pollination through a fun game.

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Each student received a pipe cleaner bee, and searched the garden for flowers to pollinate.

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After finding a flower their bees were covered in pollen…

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Then they returned to their “bee hive” (egg carton) to deposit the pollen into cells.

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Second graders played a different pollination game from the wonderful “Garden at School” blog.  Ms. Lam and I wore flower signs around our necks with bags of “pollen” (orange or purple cotton balls) attached.  The student “bees” visited one flower for a sip of nectar (apple juice), then took some pollen  with them as they left.  Then they visited the other flower, where their pollen “rubbed off,” successfully pollinating both flowers!

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After acting out pollination through this game, the students recorded what they learned in a comic strip!

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Third and fifth graders also looked at the observation hive and learned more about the honey bee life cycle…

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While our middle school Green Club students extracted honey from the frames!  They scraped off the wax…

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Then strained the honey over the weekend…

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And finally, we put the honey in jars!  We had enough honey for every student to take one home (and then some!)  It was delicious!

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Big thank you to Planet Bee for all that they did for our school this year! If your school is interested in having a Planet Bee workshop or hosting a hive, apply here!

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One Response to Bees + Flowers + Pollination = Honey!

  1. Sarah Beth says:

    Wow, there is so much curiosity, exploration and investigation going on in the outdoor classrooms. It’s great to see!

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