Honeybees Unit Study



Honeybees are fascinating little creatures that can teach us a great deal about diligence and perseverance. "Busy as a bee" takes on a whole new meaning after studying the daily life of these little creatures. Here are some resources for your Honeybee unit study.

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Things To Do

Study honeybee specimens without the danger of getting stung or upsetting the hive.

Get up close and personal while learning the life cycle of a honeybee with this 4-piece set.

Here's another hands-on life cycle learning tool, complete with book and heavy-duty foam pieces.

If you're feeling really adventurous, you could build a portable observation hive!

Listen to a Librivox recording of The Children's Life of the Bee by Maurice Maeterlinck , a beautifully written explanation of the life of the honeybee.

Learn to draw a honey bee with Art for Kids Hub

Or if you'd like a little more challenging art lesson, try this one from How2DrawAnimals

Things To Print

The Homeschool Scientist offers a beautiful Honey Bee Anatomy printable set.

Head over to Itsy Bitsy Fun for a free printable Bee Facts sheet.

Find a Label the Bee printable over at Enchanted Learning.

Find a HUGE pack of Free Honey Bee Notebooking pages at In All You Do.

Honeybee Lapbook from Homeschool Share









Things To Read

The Life and Times of the Honeybee
by Charles Micucci
Age Range: 1st - 5th
Why do beekeepers use smoke machines when collecting honey? Can a bee really sting only once? Why do bees "dance"? In concise, detailed text and abundant illustrations that range from the humorous to the scientific, Charles Micucci offers a wide-ranging and spirited introduction to the life cycle, social organization, and history of one of the world's most useful insects.

The Honey Makers
by Gail Gibbons
Age Range: K5 - 4th
How sweet it is. Thousands of bees visited more than one million flowers to gather the nectar that went into that one-pound jar of honey. Here's the buzz on how these remarkable insects work together to create this amazing food.

Honey in a Hive
by Anne Rockwell
Age Range: K5 - 3rd
In spring and summer, honeybees gather nectar to make into honey. These fascinating insects live and work together in complicated societies, complete with queen bees and workers. Read and find out about honeybees and their creation -- honey!

The Life Cycle of a Honeybee
by Bobbie Kalman
Age Range: 1st and up
Describes the physical characteristics, behavior, life cycle, and natural environment of honeybees.

Flight of the Honey Bee
by Raymond Huber
Age Range: K5 - 3rd
A tiny honey bee emerges from the hive for the first time. Using sunlight, landmarks, and scents to remember the path, she goes in search of pollen and nectar to share with the thousands of other bees in her hive. She uses her powerful sense of smell to locate the flowers that sustain her, avoids birds that might eat her, and returns home to share her finds with her many sisters. Nature lovers and scientists-to-be are invited to explore the fascinating life of a honey bee.

Are You a Bee?
by Judy Allen
Age Range: K5 - 3rd
This delightful little book shows that--from the perspective of a honeybee--the backyard is a busy place. A young bee faces many challenges as it takes its place in the hive and joins in the work of the bee community.

The Honeybee Mystery (The Boxcar Children)
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Age Range: 1st - 5th
The Alden family makes an annual trip to the Sherman farm to stock up on delicious fresh honey only to discover that there is a honey shortage! The Aldens help the Shermans look for clues around the farm to see what's wrong with the bees.

The Bees in Your Backyard: A Guide to North America's Bees
by Joseph S. Wilson
Age Range: all ages
The book features more than 900 stunning color photos of the bees living all around us―in our gardens and parks, along nature trails, and in the wild spaces between. It describes their natural history, including where they live, how they gather food, their role as pollinators, and even how to attract them to your own backyard.

The First Book of Bees 
by Albert B. Tibbets
Age Range: K5 - 5th
This public domain book is a beautifully illustrated introduction to bees. This is a favorite in our home.

Things To Watch

National Geographic: Kids Learn Why Bees are Awesome


It's Ok To Be Smart: How Do Bees Make Honey?


The Magic School Bus: In a Beehive


How It's Made: Honey


SciShow Kid: Busy Bees



Things For Deeper Study & Fun

Enjoy the sweet rewards of keeping your own honey bees. Learn how to plan a hive, acquire bees, install a colony, keep your bees healthy, and harvest honey. Storey's Guide to Keeping Bees is full of practical advice on apiary equipment and tools, this comprehensive guide also includes an overview of colony life and honey bee anatomy.

Have a family game night and play The Bee Tree Game!

With a seven-inch wingspan, this Incredible Creatures Honey Bee is quite a bit larger than the real thing, allowing you to explore its antennae and wings like never before.



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