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Plants in the Midst: Bees

During our scavenger hunt, the children notice bees among the plants.  Grace asked if we could learn more about bees.  What do the children know about bees:
Tyreese: they are yellow
Jayla: they have a stinger
Sophie: they fly
Examining a flower
Grace and Oliver: they make honey.

We couldn't answer how honey is made so we had to do some research. First, we watched a video of a bee pollinating a flower.
Showing his book
We had to watch it a few times to get a good look at the bee and what was happening.  We read some books to learn more about the relationship between bees and flowers.  We concluded with the children each making a flap book using what they learned and observed.

The honey taste test!


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