Create a BUZZ in your classroom!
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 digital library that has a load of fun and entertaining bee information. Have a look at the Cool Australia Toolbox too.
We are so excited to release this incredible unit just in time for Spring!
There is also a great range of resources in the Cool Australia Toolbox to use in the classroom too.
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!
Delve into Food Security with the NEW Love Food? Love Bees!-Food Security and Sustainability- Year 9 & 10
Most students connect bees to a painful sting or the honey on their breakfast but have little idea about their crucial role in Australia’s food security. Most fruit, nuts, vegetables, seeds and even livestock feed are dependent on bees.
We’ve teamed up with Cool Australia to create a new package of Love Food? Love Bees!-Food Security and Sustainability- Year 9 & 10 looking at the powerful role of pollinators in food production, the barrage of threats leading to their demise and, importantly, the steps we can take to create change.
In the lesson Introduction to Food Security, students learn about the role of bees in food production and create a supermarket cheat sheet that their families can use to make more informed food choices.
“Dead bees cover the ground on King Island!” Immerse your students in a hypothetical scenario as part of the lesson Powerful Pollinators. Your students will create a flow diagram to illustrate how the decline in bees will impact the island’s food security.
Examine the school canteen menu as part of the lesson Taking Action for Food Security. For this inquiry task, students assess the sustainability of ingredients and then create a proposal outlining more sustainable food options.
You can also use Love Food? Love Bees! to connect classroom learning to global and national calendar events – the inaugural World Bee Day on 20 May 2018 and Australian Pollinator Week 11-18 November 2018.
All materials are curriculum-aligned and there are plenty of video clips and worksheets available. Get students thinking critically about food security!