Investigate the social structure of the honeybee colony and learn
how to avoid getting stung. Also, find out why some farmers are
hiring honeybees to pollinate their orchards.
Students are introduced to bees. The insects produce honey and
pollinate crops. A beekeeper explains how to tend a hive.
Length: 7:43 Grade level: 4-7
The "Tiny Creatures: Bees" video program and curriculum
guide provide opportunities for students to learn:
- How bees produce honey.
- How bees can be used to pollinate crops.
- The social structure of a hive.
- How nectar and pollen provide energy for bees.
- How to avoid bee stings.
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the structure of six-sided cells made from beeswax by honeybees
to hold honey and larvae
domesticated: to adapt for life in close contact with humans
drone: male bee with no stinger who does not collect pollen
fructose: a simple sugar found in honey
hive: habitat for bees
insect: invertebrate animal with six legs, three body parts,
and usually wings
nectar: a sweet liquid secreted by flowers that is gathered
by honeybees to make honey
pollen: microspores produced by a plant
pollinate: to mark or smudge with pollen
queen: bee whose function is to lay eggs
worker: sterile bee who performs tasks for the hive