Friday 3rd March, 2017
10:15am to 11:15am
Come Wiggle With the Bees! Learn All About Bee-havior!
Students “Waggle Dance” their way to understanding the unique honeybee navigation system by modeling bee communication behaviors with their own bodies. Students use bee communication skills to help classmates find hidden treasures and explore the amazing way bees collect nectar.
Bees have a major role in our future and our survival! The alarming loss of honeybee populations worldwide is having a severe effect on our food growing capabilities. Bee behavior is complex, and teaching an exciting bee curriculum is not only important for bee (and human) conservation efforts, it is also a fun and easy way to tie Science to Math, Literacy, and align with many NGSStandards and concepts.
This lesson, engages students in Disciplinary Core Ideas Es-LS1.A Structures and Functions, LS2.D Social Interactions and group behavior. It Involves exploration of patterns and angles/degrees (ties easily into math curriculum). The natural team building aspect of this activity promotes gender equity. Students can launch from this activity into a writing or reading unit on Bee Behavior.
The presentation will include lesson plan instructions, a hands-on demonstration, and discussion of how to integrate this science activity into a math or literacy unit.
WBAIS Elementary Science
Sabrina is currently the Elementary Science Coordinator at WBAIS for preschool - 5th grade. She specializes in integrating experiential science learning into science and "non-science" units. Previously, an outdoor educator for the National Zoo at the Smithsonian Conservation Biological Institute in Virginia. Locally, was a volunteer zookeeper/enrichment program planner at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo.
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