Bees pollinate at least a third of everything we eat and play a vital role in sustaining our ecosystems, therefore they need to be valued and protected. In this lesson, students find ways to address the threats faced by bees and share the solutions they find with the class. They will adopt a research strategy to use when engaging in an online search to find out about how to be bee friendly. In doing so, students will find out about ways that we can mitigate the risks that bees face, and help bees to help us.
- What can we do to be ‘bee friendly’?
- How can we use the internet to find information?
- How can we share a ‘bee friendly’ message with people?
Lesson guides and printables
Australian curriculum content descriptions:
Year 5 English:
- Clarify understanding of content as it unfolds in formal and informal situations, connecting ideas to students’ own experiences and present and justify a point of view (ACELY1699)
- Use interaction skills, for example paraphrasing, questioning and interpreting non-verbal cues and choose vocabulary and vocal effects appropriate for different audiences and purposes (ACELY1796)
- Navigate and read texts for specific purposes applying appropriate text processing strategies, for example predicting and confirming, monitoring meaning, skimming and scanning (ACELY1702)
- Use comprehension strategies to analyse information, integrating and linking ideas from a variety of print and digital sources (ACELY1703)
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1704)
Year 5 Science:
- Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)
Year 5 HASS – Economics and business:
- Influences on consumer choices and methods that can be used to help make informed personal consumer and financial choices (ACHASSK121)
Year 6 English:
- Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions (ACELY1709)
- Use interaction skills, varying conventions of spoken interactions such as voice volume, tone, pitch and pace, according to group size, formality of interaction and needs and expertise of the audience (ACELY1816)
- Select, navigate and read texts for a range of purposes, applying appropriate text processing strategies and interpreting structural features, for example table of contents, glossary, chapters, headings and subheadings (ACELY1712)
- Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse information and ideas, comparing content from a variety of textual sources including media and digital texts (ACELY1713)
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1714)
Year 6 Science:
- The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)
Year 6 HASS – Economics and business:
- The effect that consumer and financial decisions can have on the individual, the broader community and the environment (ACHASSK150)
General capabilities: ICT, Ethical Understanding, Personal and Social Capability
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2, OI.6, OI.7.
Relevant parts of Year 5 English achievement standards: When reading, students encounter and decode unfamiliar words using phonic, grammatical, semantic and contextual knowledge. Students use language features to show how ideas can be extended. They develop and explain a point of view about a text, selecting information, ideas and images from a range of resources.
Relevant parts of Year 5 Science achievement standards: They analyse how the form of living things enables them to function in their environments.
Relevant parts of Year 5 HASS achievement standards: They describe factors that influence their choices as consumers and identify strategies that can be used to inform these choices.
Relevant parts of Year 6 English achievement standards: Students compare and analyse information in different and complex texts, explaining literal and implied meaning. They select and use evidence from a text to explain their response to it. They listen to discussions, clarifying content and challenging others’ ideas. Students create detailed texts elaborating on key ideas for a range of purposes and audiences. They make presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions, using a variety of strategies for effect.
Relevant parts of Year 6 Science achievement standards: Describe and predict the effect of environmental changes on individual living things.
Relevant parts of Year 6 HASS achievement standards: Describe the rights and responsibilities of Australian citizens and the obligations they may have as global citizens. Students recognise why choices about the allocation of resources involve trade-offs.
Unit of work: Love Food? Love Bees!
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion
- Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR enough computers/tablets to access the online worksheet, to conduct online search and to create presentation
- Web Research Planning Tool (one per group)
- Bee-friendly Action Description Template
- Hive of Reflection print-out. Blue, yellow and orange textas
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- Critical thinking
- Ethical understanding
- Social skills
This lesson has been created in partnership with ACT for Bees. ACT for Bees is a not-for-profit organisation taking action to preserve these essential pollinators, ensuring a food-secure future.