"Theme" Beeby: Andrea M. Noel and Julie Shornstein Cash

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A second-grade class follows honeybees throughout the season in this integrated study which explores the relationship between honeybees and fruit trees They cover life cycles, bee and plant anatomy, and seasons. This article highlights those teaching activities, from fall harvest to spring pollination.

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  • on Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:43 PM

This article was a great one. It talked about how to stretch a lesson all year for the students to enjoy. I liked how they talked about what was included and done each month. The article includes a field trip, KWL chart, questions to ask, and much more. I also liked that there were different forms of assessments included at the end as well as a list of trade books to be used for the duration of the lesson.

Caitlin Cronin  (O'Fallon, IL)
Caitlin Cronin (O'Fallon, IL)

  • on Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:16 PM

This was a wonderful article. The article is a great example of how to create a lesson that spans across a whole year. The author was informative about what was done each month. Also at the end of the article the author explained the type of assessment that was used. In addition, the lesson had many art and literacy components driven by the students' interest.

Autumn Morrison
Autumn Morrison

  • on Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:01 AM

This article describes a thematic study of honey bees for a second grade class over the seasons. The thematic study includes reading of trade books about bees, a song about bees, dramatic representations, dissecting bees, visiting an orchard andmore. By learning throughout the year and in multiple ways of learning students are provided a deeper understanding about these insects.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Sat Apr 16, 2011 4:03 PM

An integrated unit about bees is one that can be used to build reading, research, and science process skills. The author thoroughly describes each month's activities and includes an extensive list of trade books related to bees. If you know of a beekeeper near you, this article will be perfect for you to develop a similar integrated unit buzzing with excitement.

Patricia McGinnis  (Pottstown, PA)
Patricia McGinnis (Pottstown, PA)

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