Why bees are so important in our life – lesson plan

Aims:

– to expand students’ vocabulary for describing a bee life and honey features
– to help students to read and understand nutritional and some medical information
– to develop students’ ability to work effectively in groups
– to develop students’ ability to read for specific information from a text source

Below you will find everything you need for this lesson:

Lesson Plan

Student Worksheet

Texts for groups

Procedure:

Warm up (5 min.)

Hand out student worksheets and ask your students to read the quotation and say what message it gives us.
“If the bee disappears from the
surface of the earth, man
would have no more than
four years to live.”
Albert Einstein (?)

Ex 1 (7 min.)

Set up Task 1 by putting students in four groups. Tell your students that they are going to watch a movie and complete all the twelve facts about bees and their life. Ask them to read all the sentences before you play the movie:

After watching the film, let the students compare their answers in groups and then elicit group feedback. Check pronunciation.

Exciting facts about honey bees
1. Honey bees can fly for up to ……… miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour.
2. Honey bees are environmentally ……… and are vital as pollinators.
3. It is the ……… insect that produces food eaten by man.
4. Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to ……… life.
5. Honey bees have been around for ……… of years.
6. A hive of bees will fly 90,000 miles, the equivalent of ……… orbits around the earth, to collect
1 kg of honey.
7. The average worker bee produces about 1/12th ……… of honey in its lifetime.
8. The honey bee’s wings stroke incredible fast, about 200 ……… per second.
9. Honey bees have 6 legs, 2 compound eyes made up of thousands of tiny ……… .
10. It takes one ounce (1 oz = 28,35 g) of honey to ……… a bee’s flight around the world.
11. A honey bee visits ……… – 100 flowers during a collection trip.
12. Honey bees communicate with one another by “………”.

Answers:
1. six 2.friendly. 3.only. 4.sustain. 5. millions 6. three 7. teaspoon 8. beats 9. lenses 10. fuel 11. 50 12. dancing

Ex. 2 (18 – 20 min.)

Hand out four texts, so that each group has a different text*:
group A – Honey bees as the best pollinators
group B – Health benefits of honey
group C – Honey in our kitchen
group D – Honey bees products other than honey
Tell your students to read the text in groups and, on the basis of the information provided, make a poster. Each poster should be entitled the same as the text given. Provide your students with an A3 format sheet and some markers, crayons or pens, if necessary. Monitor students’ work, help them when needed. Collect the posters and show them to the whole class.
*all the texts come from different websites; a list of the websites addresses is provided below:
http://www.bees.techno-science.ca/english/bees/pollination/default.php
http://nativeplants.msu.edu/pollination
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/264667.php
http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/wellbeing/20-astonishing-uses-for-honey-in-out-of-the-kitchen/slide/21
http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/honey
http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/food-facts/5-things-you-can-make-with-honey.htm
http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-recipes/9-recipes-and-cooking-tips-with-honey/slide/2
http://www.bees-products.com
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Bee_products
Ex. 3 (7 min.)

Tell your students they are going to watch a movie showing how honey is made. This time they are supposed to complete the text and do the crossword they have on their worksheets. Before you play the film, let the students read the text first. After they have watched the movie ask them to compare the answers in groups. Finally, check the answers with the whole class by asking individual students to read the answers.

Words to use:
stomach worker nectar pollination inversion tongue honey glucose cells drone wax

How bees make honey
In order to make honey, bees must collect …… (4 down) from flowers. A …… (3 across) bee is the bee which collects the nectar. The nectar is collected with a long …… (2 across). Then it goes through the mouth and into the honey …… (7 across) where it is stored. Inside the honey stomach enzymes help transform the sugar and the nectar into two simple sugars: …… (8 across) and fructose. This process is called …… (1 down). Next, the bee spits out the inverted nectar back to its mouth and gives it to other bees or puts it into empty …… (6 down) . Perhaps that is why …… (5 down) is sometimes called the most delicious vomit on the planet ;)) Finally, the bee covers the cell with a cap made from …… (9 across) to seal the cell.

Answers:
In order to make honey, bees must collect nectar from flowers. A worker bee is the bee which collects the nectar. The nectar is collected with a long tongue. Then it goes through the mouth and into the honey stomach where it is stored. Inside the honey stomach enzymes help transform the sugar and the nectar into two simple sugars: glucose and fructose. This process is called inversion. Next the bee spits out the inverted nectar back to its mouth and gives it to other bees or puts it into empty cells. Perhaps that is why honey is sometimes called the most delicious vomit on the planet ;)) Finally, the bee covers the cell with a cap made from wax to seal the cell.

Extra:

If there is some time left, you can play another movie which is a good summary of this lesson.

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