Today, the first day, I started off with a nature table set up with the bee specimens I had collected and brought to school. I printed out a few photos of the bees when I found them, photos of other bees, and wasps for comparing and contrasting, and a also two different bee diagrams. I shared my story of finding them with my students. They were hanging off every word I said.
When I asked them: "What do you think happened to these bees?" they were bursting with ideas:
There’s these plants that bite bees. Maybe a pinching bug pinched them and they died. I think someone hitted them with a stick.
Oh dear. Those bees must be died. Must be the legal baller- I don’t know- he does everything bad- He’s mean to everything
Someone stepped on them? Maybe we can make them come alive- but if we do, we have to stay still.
Then I asked them to tell me what they already knew about bees:
Bees carry honey in their legs and they carry them in legs because they carry it to the hive and they fly. Someone can smash them with hammers when they are trying to work on something. My friend Quincy got a big sting on his foot- He put it in the water.
Someone killed them. Bees like flowers. They drink honey from their hives. They don’t sleep in hives- they sleep in flowers.
They eat honey. They drink honey out of buttercups. They can sting people. Jack got stinged- he had to have a lot of candy. It stinged his shoulder at inflatable world.
Water makes stings better. One time I had bees at my house. So we didn’t have a hammer but my dad had a saw to cut it. The bees are still there.
At circle time we I read a short story called Speedy Bee. Here's an audio clip with some amazing thoughts going on:
I suggested that we go for a walk around the neighborhood to visit some flowers and see if we could observe living bees. One of my students suggested we take our journals so we could draw a picture! Proud teacher moment :)
The first bee we found.
A hungry slug.
"This is so beautiful and the bee thinks it's beautiful too!"
Can you find the bee in this photo?
Dusting their hands with pollen.
Time to record some observations.
I can't wait to see what direction this project takes tomorrow. Stay tuned.