Student activity from the article “The Bee Advocate” from the Jan/Feb. 2008 Our Ohio magazine.
Watch an Our Ohio television series video about bees on YouTube.
Academic Content Standard
(Science: Grade 3): Life Sciences: Students demonstrate an understanding of how living systems function and how they interact with the physical environment. Students also develop a deeper understanding of the principles of the diversity and interdependence of life.
(Note: Key terms used from Ohio’s Academic Content Standards are in bold below).
- Read the article “The Bee Advocate ” to and with your student in the Our Ohio magazine.
- As you read, pay close attention to the characteristics and the activities of the bees.
- What does the beekeeper say about the importance of the sounds bees make?
- Why do the bees fly from the smoke?
- What is the life cycle of a bee? (Hint: do a Web search for “Bee Life Cycle”) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey_bee_life_cycle
- Why is the queen of a bee hive so important to the survival of the colony?
- What is the difference between a wild queen bee versus one that is not wild?
- Survival skills are important to any animal, bees included. What body structures are specific to bees that allow them to: obtain food, escape from enemies, hide from enemies
- Describe a bee’s body covering and body structure.
- What is the benefit of a honey bee collecting food to a beekeeper?
- All people benefit from the activity of a honey bee. Explain why.
- Explain how the changes in the honey bee’s habitat have been harmful.
- According to this article, what has the loss of hives been caused by?
- Explain why “we all need bees.”
Hands on at Home or School
- Define apiarist.
- Research how honey is taken from the honey comb and bottled for use. Is this something that can be done at home? Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey
- The beekeeper in this article says that honey keeps him healthy. Why do you think this may be true? Fact or opinion?
- Seek out honey in a comb and examine the comb and how the honey fills it.
- Taste test honey from your grocery store, note from where it was imported, and honey that is locally produced and sold at a farmer’s market. Which do you prefer?
- Economics: What does honey have to do with the Ohio economy according to this article?
- Economics: Why is it a serious situation when the beekeeper loses hives and has to purchase more hives?
- Science: Why would he want to “send samples to a lab in Maryland?” What could the lab tell him?
- Honey activities for teachers and kids: National Honey Board: http://www.honey.com
- Geography: Find Wapakoneta on an Ohio map.
- Honey recipes from the National Honey Board: http://www.honey.com
- Apiary Section: Ohio Department of Agriculture: http://www.agri.ohio.gov/divs/plant/apiary/apiary.aspx
This student activity was prepared by Camille Kopczewski, who is coordinator of religious education at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Grove City. She is a former sixth grade social studies teacher for South-Western City Schools. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in education.