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May - Honey Bees and Beeswax

Learn more about the honeybees!

There are over 500 species of bees in the state of Oregon. A large majority of these species help pollinate the unique crops that grow in Oregon. Honey bee colonies are very large and long lasting hives that can be easily moved to other crops and locations. Farmers are able to rent bee hives from outside businesses or other farmers in order to ensure that their crops are being pollinated at a rate that will provide the appropriate yield of their crop.

Honey Bees and Beeswax

Students will identify the parts of a honey bee, the stages of its life cycle, and its role in pollination.

Activity 1: Bee Anatomy
Students begin to learn the parts of bees and their importance in the production of honey. Then, students will label the parts of a worker bee on their worksheet.

Activity 2: Beeswax Life Cycle Models
Students will use the clay to create a honey bee life cycle model by creating an egg, larva, pupa, and adult honeybee. Finally, students are invited to take part in a delicious treat of a honey stick provided in their kit as they are creating their honey bee models.

Find a complete copy of the lesson linked below!

Modular Delivery of Curriculum (Virtual)

Curriculum is broken up into small activities that can be done over multiple sittings allowing students to have good breaking spots in between each part.

See this lesson in Modular Delivery through our Google Classroom Example, follow the instructions below.
1. Log in to a google email account, it does not have to be associated with a school.
2. In the menu option, select Classroom.
3. Using the + in the top right hand corner, select join a class.
4. Enter the Class Code: agals5q
5. Select Classwork at the top and you should see the topic “May 2021 – Honey Bees and Beeswax”
6. Underneath this section the lessons are broken out into 2 assignments.

Teacher Guide for Modular Delivery
May 2021 –  Honey Bees & Beeswax Google Drive Folder

Independent Study (Virtual)

Curriculum is combined into one assignment that students will work through independently at their own pace.

Teacher Guide for Independent Study
May 2021 –  Honey Bees & Beeswax Google Drive Folder

Traditional Classroom Delivery

Students complete the whole lesson through 1-hour long lesson in an in-person classroom setting.

Find the complete lesson plan here.


The activities below will have the student portions in Spanish but the teacher directions are in English.