Reflection: Lesson Planning Bee Colonies - Exploring Nature's First Condo - Section 4: Wrap Up


I gave careful thought to the scope and sequence of this unit.  I wanted to begin it with the habitats of familiar class pets, both to easily assess their experience and quickly engage their interest.  As I reflected on it, I thought about introducing other animals that may be familiar, yet unknown.  To be honest, I chose spiders and bees because they were easy to find in our environment and they had interesting and unique habitats to study.  Students at this age have so many great ideas.  Utilizing these ideas to create habitats would apply their natural creative thinking to important engineering concepts.  Additionally, these insects and arachnids are members of the dubious club “Things Many Find Scary”, prompting me to use education to make them less- even to a small degree- so.  Francis Bacon said, “Knowledge is power”.  I’d add “..and perspective”.  The more we learn about something, the less scary it becomes..and the more value we see in it.  Bees are no exception.  I’m known for my lofty goals and ‘big picture’ perspective.  Sometimes, this means I lose sight of the microscopic moments.  With this lesson, I tried to design something that encompassed both- the value both of a complicated engineering feat and those that add to the independent and greater society, regardless of their role.  Not scary at all. 

  The Value of Perspective
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Bee Colonies - Exploring Nature's First Condo

Unit 5: Awesome Animals
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: Students will create a model to identify elements of a bee colony.

Big Idea: What makes a bee colony important to the environment?

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