Activity Introduction

Bee on red eucalypt hero frameQuick summary: Bees pollinate at least a third of everything we eat and play a vital role in sustaining our ecosystems; therefore they need to be valued and protected. In this lesson students are connected to the wonder of bees by observing them interacting with plants in their schoolyard and in their gardens at home. Using their senses, they conduct a series of observations over a predetermined period of time (week/month/season/term) and then complete an analysis of their data, looking for patterns relating to the presence or absence of bees, bee behaviour and suitability of bee friendly plants. Finally, students produce a poster detailing their findings.

This activity has been developed in partnership with  ACT_FOR_BEES_Inline_Ident_CMYK

Essential questions:

  • Where can we observe bees?
  • What is a bee friendly plant?
  • Are there any bee friendly plants in the yard at school or at home?
  • How do bees and other animals interact with bee friendly plants in the yard at school or at home?
  • What do I notice about the bees in the yard at school or at home?

 21st century skills:

bee observant skills

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 5 Science

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)
  • With guidance, pose clarifying questions and make predictions about scientific investigations (ACSIS231)
  • Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (ACSIS218)
  • Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS093)

Year 6 Science

  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)
  • With guidance, pose clarifying questions and make predictions about scientific investigations (ACSIS232)
  • Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (ACSIS221)
  • Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS110)

General capabilities: Ethical Understanding, Personal and Social Capability

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.4, OI.5.

Relevant parts of Year 5 Science achievement standards: Analyse how the form of living things enables them to function in their environments.

Relevant parts of Year 6 Science achievement standards: Describe and predict the effect of environmental changes on individual living things.

Topic: Sustainability.

Unit of work: Love Food? Love Bees!

Time required: 120 mins. However, the observation sessions will continue to run over a set period of time (week/month/season/term).

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion.

Resources required: Double-sided printed copies of Beeing Observant Record Sheet for each student at the commencement of each observation session, pen/pencil. Printed copies of the Bee Poster Template for each student. Optional: Bee safe! Factsheet, Honey Bees and European Wasps Factsheet, Some Interesting Facts About Bees.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Keywords: bee, bee friendly plant, notice, observe, schoolyard, home.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Bee on Echinacea hero frameTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: During the observation phase of this lesson, students will build the habit of noticing bees in the schoolyard or at home. Students will be able to use observation and recording skills to collect data on the bee populations, behaviours and plants they are visiting. Finally, students will be able to communicate their findings to the school community.

Teacher content information: Bees first appeared on Earth at least 80 million years ago. The ancestors of modern bee species lived alongside the dinosaurs - a time when giant pines, cedars, tree ferns and cycads were the main plants, and the air swarmed with primitive insects like over-sized dragonflies and giant butterflies. During this time, the first flowering plants (angiosperms) appeared, and a more effective way of pollination was needed (other than simply relying on the wind). The challenge was how to increase the chances of pollination and reproduction to ensure the success of future g

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