Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity children investigate the features of bees and how bees use these features. Younger children begin by sharing what they already know about bees and then look at and discuss flashcards of bees. Children can then make bee finger puppets using a template. Older children begin by looking at flashcards of bees and then participate in a game where they take on the roles of bees collecting pollen to bring back to the hive. This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.

This activity has been developed in partnership with   ACT_FOR_BEES_Inline_Ident_CMYK

 

EYLF Learning Outcome

Elaborations

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

4. Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Outcome 4: Children are involved and confident learners

1. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

2. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

4. Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies, and natural and processed materials

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

1. Children interact verbally and non verbally with others for a range of purposes

 

Unit of work: Love Food? Love Seeds! – Early Learning

Resources required:

Ages 0 – 2 – 

Ages 3 to 5 – 

  • Print the Parts Of A Bee Flashcards and stick the provocations to the back of each corresponding image.
  • For the game (Step 2) you will need:
    • A quantity of small plastic balls (these are the pollen)
    • Cushions (these are the flowers)
    • Two or three buckets to collect the balls (pollen) in
    • A defined area large enough for two children to fit inside (e.g. rearrange tables and chairs to make a space – this will be your hive).

Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the support of the Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEfS) program.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

 Background information

Learning goals: The aim of this activity is to get children thinking about the features of bees and how bees use these features. Younger children begin by sharing what they already know about bees and then look at and discuss flashcards of bees to further their understanding of bees and their features. They can then make bee finger puppets. Older children begin by looking at flashcards of bees and then participate in a game where they take on the roles of bees collecting pollen to bring back to the hive to understand how bees work together to make honey and keep the hive healthy. 

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, including oversized dragonflies and giant butterflies. During this time, the first flowering plants (angiospe

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