In this activity children investigate the possible causes of the vanishing bees and present their findings to the class in a role-play situation.
All over America beekeepers are opening their beehives for the spring pollination season to find that their bees have either died or disappeared. The bees are vital for farmers who rely on the bees to pollinate their crops. No pollination, no crops. An emergency group has come together to try and work out what is going on. This situation is now happening in the UK. Children will investigate the possible causes of the vanishing bees and present their findings to the rest of the class in a role-play situation.
- identify parts of a flower
Children will learn:
- that there are several reasons to explain why the bees are disappearing and scientists need to investigate them
- that bees are necessary to pollinate flowers and ensure reproduction of crops
These resources were initially developed in partnership with the Centre for Science Education, Sheffield Hallam University.