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ERIC Number: EJ1162477
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Engineering Encounters: What's the Buzz on Bees?
Holt-Taylor, Lisa
Science and Children, v55 n4 p82-86 Dec 2017
Because honeybees are so crucial to the ecosystems in which they exist, educating younger children on the usefulness and relative harmlessness of honeybees may be key to ensuring their survival among future generations. Described here is a unit that addresses the critical role of the honeybee in pollinating flowers using the 5E learning cycle framework (Bybee 2002) and the engineering design process (EDP; Vasquez, Sneider, and Comer 2013). Students become engaged as they read "On Meadow view Street" (Cole 2010) and discuss whether children can change the world. They planted and observed a seed throughout the unit, dissected two flowers and compared their structures, examined the critical role of the honeybee in pollination, and engineered "hand bee pollinators" in response to the honeybee shortage. The unit concluded with students looking at current technology and planting their seedling in their home gardens. This unit brings real-world problems and environmental awareness right into the school yard, sending a powerful message on how students can impact the world in a very positive way.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A