Below are links to lesson plans and other educational resources about honey bees and other pollinators. We will be adding more resources as we become aware of them. If you have a favorite lesson plan or educational site that isn’t listed below, please let the KSBA webmaster know so we can add it to our list.
Get the Buzz on Honey Bees
Developed by Scholastic and generously sponsored by DreamWorks Animation and the National Honey Board, these materials teach your students critical life-science skills from the fascinating world of bees. This educational program is aligned with national standards in science and geography.
“The Honey Files: A Bee’s Life” Teaching Guide
“The Honey Files” is a comprehensive video and educational guide available from the National Honey Board. This 20-minute VHS/DVD video and 96-page teacher’s guide will have you and your students buzzing! Designed especially for educators of grades 4-6, these fun, new educational materials provide information, classroom activities and reproducible worksheets about bees, honey and pollination.
Busy Bees: Workbook for 2nd and 3rd grades
Developed by the St. Lucie County 4-H and University of Florida Extension Service
Be a Bee Lesson Plan
Developed by PBS
Students learn about the importance of the honey bee and other animals to the production of foods that are closely linked to human survival.
Understanding the Honey Bee: 4–H Beekeeping Division 1
Purdue University Extension Service
The 4-H Beekeeping Project helps youth learn about bees and how to be a beekeeper.
The Buzz about Bees: Honey Bee Biology and Behavior: 4-H Honey Bee Youth Project Book 1
Virginia Cooperative Extension Service
The beekeeping project (Books 1 – 4) will teach you the basic biology and behavior of honey bees and give you hands-on management skills.
PollinatorLIVE: A distance learning adventure
Grades: pre-k – 12
While pollinators may come in small sizes, they play a large and often undervalued role in the production of the food we eat, the health of flowering plants, and the future of wildlife. A decline in the numbers and health of pollinators over the last several years poses a significant threat to the integrity of biodiversity, to global food webs, and to human health, according to scientists. PollinatorLIVE brings the excitement of pollinators to you through webcasts, webinars and online education resources.
PollinatorLIVE is a partnership between the USDA Forest Service – Conservation Education, Prince William Network, Prince William County Public Schools, National Environmental Education Foundation, USDA Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, Project Learning Tree, Partners in Resource Education, Bureau of Land Management, Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service.
Biodiversity – Bee Week Middle School Curriculum
Grades: Middle School
Developed by the National Park Service
Nature’s Partners: Pollinators, Plants, and You
Developed by The Pollinator Partnership
Nature’s Partners is an inquiry learning-based curriculum for young people in the 4th through the 6th grade. It is comprised of seven modules. Each module offers three or four activities designed to engage young people in active, investigative science.