Here's the Buzz about Honeybees

A WebQuest for Grades 2-3, WebQuest Agricultural Series
by Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri State University




INTRODUCTION
Have you seen a honeybee before?  Did you know honeybees are important to agriculture and our food supply?  Without honeybees we would not have as many fruits and vegetables to eat!


TASK
In this quest you will learn about the kinds of honeybees, the life cycle of honeybees, and their environment, also called habitat or biome.

You will also learn about pollination. Honeybees pollinate many of our crops, everything from almonds and cherries to sunflowers,  watermelons and cucumbers. At the end of this WebQuest you will be a honeybee expert.


PROCESS
1. Look at the pictures of honeybees and their hive. The queen bee, worker bee and drone bee look different.

⇒ Draw and label a picture to show the size of each kind of the honeybee. 

⇒ Count how many sides each cell of the hive has and draw a picture of it.

⇒ Write one sentence about each of the three kinds of honeybees in a beehive. 

⇒ Choose one of the three kinds of bees you would like to be.   Explain your duties in the beehive.

2. Read about pollination.

 Mr. Sweet is a pumpkin farmer.  His neighbor, Mrs. Gold, has honeybee hives on her farm.  Mr. Sweet asks Mrs. Gold to move a hive of bees to his pumpkin patch.   Why would Mr. Sweet want her to move honeybees to his patch?  Write 2-3 sentences telling why Mr. Sweet wants the honeybees in his pumpkin patch.

3. Optional. Read the book, Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Remember the story about the Honey Tree.

Write a short story telling why Ma was so excited to have the honey that Pa brought home.

 

CONCLUSION
Congratulations!  You are now a honeybee expert!  You know how honeybees are important to our food supply!


EVALUATION
Scoring Guide: Process #1

Objective

4

3

2

 1

Draw and label a picture to show the size of each kind of the honeybee. 

The student correctly drew and labeled pictures of 3 kinds of honeybees showing the correct size of each honeybee.

The student correctly drew and labeled 3 pictures of honeybees. 

The student correctly drew and labeled 1or

2 pictures of honeybees.

The student attempted to draw and label pictures of honeybees but had incorrect number, labels and/or size.

Count how many sides each cell of the beehive has and draw a picture of 3 cells with the correct number of cells.

The student drew 3 cells of a beehive each with 6 sides.

The student drew some cells with the correct number of sides.

The student drew some cells

The student attempted to draw cells.  The number of cells and their sides were incorrect.

Write one sentence about each of the three kinds of honeybees in a beehive.

The student consistently used complete sentences telling interesting information about each of the three kinds of honeybees.

The student wrote sentences that were mostly complete and told correct information about each of the three kinds of honeybees

The student wrote sentences were incomplete and/or gave sketchy or incorrect information about some of the three kinds of honeybees.

The student attempted to write sentences about the kinds of honeybees.  Sentences were incomplete and incorrect.

Choose one of the three kinds of honeybees you would like to be.  Write a sentence telling your duties in the beehive.

The student chose one kind of honeybee and wrote a correct, complete, and clear sentence(s) about that kind of honeybee. 

The student chose one kind of honeybee and wrote a sentence that lacked in either correctness, completeness, clarity.

The student chose one kind of honeybee and wrote a sentence that lacked qualities of correctness, completeness, and/or clarity.  

The student attempted to choose a kind of honeybee and write a sentence.




Scoring Guide: Process #2

Objective

4

3

2

Write 2-3 sentences telling why Mr. Sweet, a pumpkin farmer, would want to have honeybees in his pumpkin patch The student wrote at least 2 sentences that were consistently complete.  The sentences clearly and correctly tell why a pumpkin farmer would want bees in his or her pumpkin patch. The student wrote at least 2 sentences that were somewhat complete and correct in telling why a pumpkin farmer would want bees in his or her pumpkin patch. The student wrote a sentence(s) that lacked completeness, clarity and correctness in telling why a pumpkin farmer would want bees in his or her pumpkin patch. The student attempted to write a sentence that tells why a pumpkin farmer would want bees in his or her pumpkin patch.




Scoring Guide: Process #3

Objective

4

3

2

 1

Write a short story telling why Ma was so excited to get the honey Pa brought home.

The student wrote a complete story that clearly and correctly told why Ma was so excited to get the honey Pa brought home.

The student wrote a story that was somewhat complete and correct in telling why Ma was so excited to get the honey Pa brought home.

The student wrote a story that lacked completeness, clarity and/or correctness in telling why Ma was so excited to get the honey Pa brought home.

The student attempted to write a sentence.


Photos compliments of Missouri Farm Bureau.

HERE'S THE BUZZ ABOUT HONEYBEES TEACHER'S PAGE

CREDITS

This WebQuest was created by teachers participating in Missouri's Agriculture in the Classroom program at Missouri State University through a USDA grant.  The template on this site was adapted from a template from The WebQuest Page and the original was designed by Dr. Lyndon Irwin.  Assistance for this project was provided by Mrs. Barbara Irwin, M.S. and Mrs. Diane Olson, M.S.


Teachers are encouraged to adapt this lesson for classroom use only.  No part of this publication may be transmitted, stored, recorded or published in any form without written permission from Missouri Farm Bureau. This page was developed by Rebecca J. Baker, reviewed by Lyndon and the late Barbara Irwin and is maintained by Missouri Farm Bureau. Please address questions to Diane Olson at Missouri Farm Bureau.