Academic journal article Science and Children

Science in the Garden

Academic journal article Science and Children

Science in the Garden

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Take 5!

1. Set the stage by playing a sound recording of a bee but asking students to guess the animal. You can find one example from the National Park Service (see Internet Resources). Then read the poem aloud slowly, pausing briefly at the end of each short line.

2. Read the poem aloud again and invite students to make a buzzing bee noise (Bzzzzzzz) every time you say the word "bees" (or "las abejas") in the poem.

3. Talk with students about bees they have seen and heard.

Where did they notice the bees? What were the bees doing?

4. Use this poem to talk about pollination. Explain that bees transfer pollen between flowers as they gather their food, and this important natural process helps plants reproduce (bees/need flowers/and flowers/need bees). You can watch bees via the live bee cam at the People's Garden Apiary (see Internet Resources). This USDA site notes that "One out of every three bites of food we eat is because of a pollinator." Talk about how students can add to the plants on the school grounds or begin a school garden to promote bee pollination as part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge (see Internet Resources).

5. Connect this poem with another about observing nature, "Step Outside. What Do You See?" by Allan Wolf (see Internet Resources) as well as selections from Unbeelievables: Honeybee Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian (2012). …

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