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About This Lesson Plan

GRADE
3-5

DURATION
1 null

UNIT PLAN
Get the Buzz on Honey Bees

get the buzz on honey bees

Life in the Hive

 In this lesson students find out how the honey bee lives, including the characteristics and roles of the queen bee, the worker bee, and the drone. Students study the "Get the Buzz on Honey Bees" classroom map to identify the four regions of the United States.

OBJECTIVE

Science Objective: Students learn about honey bee society, and the role of the queen bee, the worker bee, and the drone.

Geography Objective: Students become familiar with a U.S. map and understand basic map elements, such as regions of the U.S., as they identify the crops that honey bees pollinate.

MATERIALS
Student Reproducible: Lesson Activity 3, Queen Bees, Worker Bees, and Drones, Oh My! (PDF)
Student Glossary (PDF)
Bonus Reproducible 3: Bee-licious Classroom Recipes (PDF)

REPRODUCIBLES

  1. Lesson Activity 3, Queen Bees, Worker Bees, and Drones, Oh My!
  2. Bonus Reproducible 3: Bee-licious Classroom Recipes

DIRECTIONS
Lesson Steps:

  1. Ask students: Which do you think is the largest of the honey bees? (The queen bee.) Explain that queen bees develop from fertilized eggs, and once she is mature, her primary duty is to lay eggs. She is fed and cared for by worker bees and only leaves the hive to mate. Have students note the queen’s physical features: she has a longer abdomen, a shiny thorax, and does not have pollen baskets. She has a stinger, and may sting multiple times.

  2. Ask students: Which do you think is the smallest of the honey bees? (The worker bee.) Explain that the female worker bees make up the majority of the hive. Worker bees develop from fertilized eggs. Tell the class that the job of the worker bee is to provide food and clean the hive as well as care for the young and the queen. Workers only sting once.

  3. Explain that the drones are somewhat larger than the workers, and develop from unfertilized eggs. Tell the class that the drones’ only job is to mate with a queen. Have students note the drones’ physical features: rounded abdomens, huge compound eyes, and powerful wings. They do not have proboscises, stingers, or pollen baskets. Make copies and distribute Lesson Activity 3. Provide the class with copies of the Student Glossary, for reference.
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