Working through a homeschool unit study of bees can be not only very educational, but a lot of fun as well. Bees are amazing creatures that are incredibly important to all of our lives, whether we are aware of it or not. There are quite a lot of resources out there to use in order to complete your homeschool unit study of bees. And while most people have a sense of fear about bees, completing a homeschool unit study of bees can help kids and adults alike understand them better. If you are interested in completing a homeschool unit study of bees, you may find the following guideline helpful.
Try your local library first – Most public libraries have some very useful books and reference materials for you to use as you learn about bees. From the encyclopedia, to science books, to storybooks, information about bees should be easily found at the library.
Go online to learn about bees – There are many websites online with great information on them about bees. From the various websites that contain information about bees, you can learn about their behaviors, life span, and just how important they are to our own existence. You can find bee worksheets and coloring pages as well. Don’t forget to check out the Bee Movie website, which actually has a really useful bee tutorial. PBS has a Nova page about bees that includes several different tutorials about bees, from the anatomy of a hive to the specifics of pollination.
Watch bees on television – The PBS program about bees called Tales From the Hive, is an amazing way to learn about bees. The documentary is actually filmed from inside a real bee hive. If you are interested in watching Tales From the Hive, you can purchase it at the PBS website for $19.99, or you might be able to find a copy for checkout at your local public library. Another option would be to try to find a cheap copy on Ebay.
Observe bees yourself – During the hotter months of the year, bees can be seen outside most of the time. You and your homeschool student can observe bees as they go from flower to flower. Another activity you may want to consider is to look for dead bees on the ground, as usually it doesn’t take long to find one, especially during the summer in areas where there are typically a lot of bees. Take a dead bee home to observe up close. You may want to remove the stinger first (the venom sac comes out with it) to eliminate the chance that your student might accidentally hit the stinger with a finger as they observe the bee. Use tools like tweezers and popsicle sticks to be able to move the bee around without actually touching it with your hands. Additionally, it is really helpful to print out a bee anatomy diagram online so that your homeschool student can identify each part of the bee as they find it. You can observe the bee even closer if you have a magnifying glass or microscope on hand.