‘LOVE FOOD? LOVE BEES!’
Free Yr 5&6 Integrated Unit
Create a BUZZ in your classroom with this new unit!
While it is well known that bees produce honey, many other food sources also rely on bees. Conservative figures show that bees pollinate at least ONE mouthful in every THREE that we eat! Bees around the world, including in Australia, are in serious trouble. Overuse of pesticides and herbicides make bees more vulnerable to disease and pests. Modern agricultural practices and urbanisation are greatly reducing bee habitat and food sources. Scientists are seeing a large decline in bee populations worldwide. This poses a threat not only for our food production but our environment as a whole, as flowering plants rely on pollinators to survive. The good news is we can all do things to help ensure the survival of bees!
The Australian Curriculum aligned “Love Food? Love Bees!” Year 5 & 6 integrated unit explores the importance of bees and enables students to take real and bee-friendly action in their community.
Each lesson contains hands-on activities, tips, content information, assessment ideas, engaging videos and a range of other tools that support teachers to navigate this unit.
There is also a great range of resources in the Cool Australia Toolbox to use in the classroom including a digital library that has a load of fun and entertaining bee information. . The ‘Love Food? Love Bees!’ curriculum has a broad foundation about the importance of bees for our world and can be used for all age groups.
This resource is free and can be used anywhere in the world.
Download and print our new ‘How to create a Bee Friendly Garden‘ flyer. It has lots of great simple ideas on how to be ‘Bee Friendly!
“It’s our task to teach children the wonder and value of bees, to feel calm and not be afraid of them.
They are working for the good of the whole ecosystem and live in an extraordinarily complex social system which is fascinating for children to learn about.
We all have much to learn from honeybees about co-operation and working together.”
Australian Association of Environmental Education
Films and YouTube
Marla Spivak: Why Bees Are disappearing
Vanishing of the Bees
Bee Stories for Children
The Bumblebee Queen by April Pulley Sayre
Look Inside a Bee Hive by Megan Cooley Peterson
Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber & Brian Lovelock
Bees and their Hives by Linda Tagliaferro
Buzzing a Hive: Teachers Guide by Jean C Echols
The Honey Hunters by Francesca Martin
The Fascinating World of Bees by Angels Julivert
Brilliant Bees by Linda Glaser
Honey in a Hive by Anne Rockwell
The Honey Makers by Gail Gibbons
Life and Times of Honeybee by Charles Micucci
unBeelievables: Honeybee Poems and Paintings (with Audio Recording) by Douglas Florian
Ned Kelly and the City of the Bees by Thomas Keneally
Go outside and look for bees. What colour are they? What colours are the flowers they enjoy? Are there different types of bees in your garden?
When you go walking in the bush, keep a lookout for ‘natural hives’ in tree hollows or even hanging from tree branches. It is wonderful to watch the wild bees flying in and out of their hive and glimpse them on the wax comb.
Join Project Noah a tool to explore and document wildlife from around the world. Document nature with your mobile phone and get your photo on the site and help scientists with ongoing research.
Did you know?
- Most of the bees in a hive are females and there can be up to 50,000 bees in a hive!
- There is 1 Queen bee and a few hundred males called drones
- Honeybees must visit some 2 million flowers to make 500 gms of honey
- Honey bees fly around 88,000 kms to bring in enough nectar to make 500 gms of honey
- Each bee makes about 1/12 of teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
- Honey has natural preservatives and bacteria can’t grow in it
- Honey was found in the tombs of Egypt and is still edible
- Bees have been around for about 300 million years
- A honeybee can fly 24 km at a speed of 20 kmh
- Its wings beat 200 times per sec or 12,000 beats per minute
- Honey comes with different flavours and colours depending on what flowers the bees collected nectar from