Our Food Supply Depends on Bees!
As we approach the year 2050 it is estimated that the world’s population will reach 9.7 billion people. Although this seems a long way away, it is within students’ lifetime. Because of this expected population increase we need to be smart about how we use resources today, to make sure they are available in abundance in future years.
Bees pollinate a whopping TWO THIRDS of our food production.
Most Fruit, Nuts, Vegetables, Seeds, and Livestock Feed production is dependant on the existence of Bees. They are more vulnerable to disease and pests through the overuse of pesticides, herbicides, and modern agricultural practices. Human activity is reducing the habitat and food sources.
What Can We Do?
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This set of lessons is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.
|In this activity children explore how plants grow from seeds. Children begin by looking for plants in their yard and identifying the parts of a plant. They then participate in a guided role-play activity where they act out the way a seed grows into a plant.||In this activity children explore some of the different types of seed that we eat. Children begin by looking at a range of dried seeds, comparing their size, colour, texture, and shape.
|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.
|In this activity, children explore the ways seeds grow in fruits and vegetables. Children observe and compare a range of fruits and vegetables based on weight, colour, size, texture and smell, and will look for the seeds in these fruits and vegetables.|
Have some fun and get creative with this lovely illustration of the Blue Banded Bee. This is a great mindfulness activity your students can enjoy after learning so much about the importance of bees. You can download a copy here.
|In this activity children investigate bees in the yard and learn how to be safe around bees. Younger children go out into the yard and observe bees before participating in a guided role-play around bees, collecting pollen and nectar and returning to the hive.||Children investigate seeds in their local area. Younger children are asked to observe and touch a range of seeds (and other natural materials) found in their local area, and to use these materials in art and crafts.
Primary – Years 5 and 6
This unit supports students to inquire into the role of bees in the ecosystem and how they can flourish in their role as pollinators. Students develop an understanding of bees, their role as pollinators, the threats they face and the steps they can take to be bee-friendly. By practising critical and creative thinking, students will be equipped to consider the impact of bees based on social, environmental and economic criteria and will be encouraged to take action around this important issue.
Secondary – Years 9 and 10
This unit supports students to inquire into the relationships between agriculture, food security and bees. Students develop an understanding of bees and how their role as pollinators is pivotal to human food production. They identify how human actions can affect bees and their ability to pollinate our food, and how this is a risk to future food security. Students will use their learning to explore actions they can take to protect bees and other pollinators. By practising critical and creative thinking, students will be equipped to consider the impact of bees based on social, environmental and economic criteria and will be encouraged to take action around this important issue.
About ACT for Bees
These lessons have been created in partnership with ACT for Bees. ACT for Bees is a not-for-profit organisation taking action to preserve these essential pollinators to ensure a food secure future.
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