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Educator Guide: What's the Buzz About? Gr. K-1: Whats the Buzz About? Educator Guide

What's the Buzz About?


Tips to Come Prepared

Before you visit the Genovesi Environmental Study Center (GESC) with your class, review the Educator's Guide to prepare for your students.

  • Read the Essential Questions (p. 1) and Connections to Standards (p. 2) to decide how you want to link your curriculum with your field trip
  • Complete the Pre-Visit Lesson with your class activating student interest and engagement
  • Come to GESC ready to engage and learn with our experiential, hands-on field trip program, What's the Buzz About?

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Essential Questions

  • What is a bee?
  • How and why do people care for honey bees?
  • What is pollination, and why are pollinators important?
  • How do humans impact bees?

Our Educator Guide

Sora eBooks

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What's the Buzz About?


Materials for Pre-Visit Lesson

Materials for Post-Visit Lesson

Other eBooks

Brilliant Bee Facts

  • Bees are very important pollinators (honey bees pollinate over 75% of our cultivated crops), but they aren’t the only ones helping plants reproduce - beetles, moths, ants, butterflies, flies, wasps, bats, birds, and even small mammals are all pollinators! Wind and water also play a role in the pollination of plants.
  • Although honey bees sting, there are predators who eat them. Some birds, such as bee eaters, insects like dragonflies, mammals such as bears, skunks, and honey badgers, and even reptiles and amphibians like anoles and wood frogs all include honey bees in their diet!
  • On average, worker bees only make 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in their lifetime. Next time you have honey, think how many bees it took to make what you eat! 
  • Bees can beat their wings over 200 times per second!
  • When a queen bee dies, worker bees pick a larva to feed a special diet called royal jelly to. On this diet the worker bee will develop into a queen.

Connections to Standards

Kindergarten: Unit 3: Our Environment
Grade 1: Unit 3: Structures and Behaviors in Living Things


K-LS1-1: Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive. 
K-ESS2-2: Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.
K-ESS3-1 Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.
K-ESS3-3: Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on living organisms and nonliving things in the local environment.

First Grade
1-LS1-2: Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.
1-LS3-1: Make observations to construct an evidence based account that some young plants and animals are simialr to, but not exactly like, their parents.