Calvert – Become a Bee


Hello Garden Friends,

Today we all transformed into bees to help us understand hows bees work together for the benefit of the hive. First we walked around and looked for some bees doing work in the garden. And then we decided to turn into bees, using straws as our bee tongues and finding flowers represented by water cups.

I like to play this game to get the students to think like a bee. After the game we chat and analyze why they visited certain “flowers” more than others. Did some cups hold more water then others? Do you think some flowers have more nectar than others? Did you visit the closest cup to the hive? If you want to keep bees does it make sense to plant lots of flowers?


It took the younger 1st graders a little while to learn how to hold water in the straw by using your finger to make a seal on the top of the straw. But I taught them a method by having them repeat some simple steps. “Straw in, Finger on, Straw out, Finger off.”

Until next time!

Farmer Jeff

Jeff Mailes

Jeff Mailes is a garden designer and environmental educator working out of Woodland Hills, CA. A Los Angeles County Master Gardener and UC Davis Alumni, Jeff earned his B.S. in Environmental Resource Science in 2012 and has been growing edibles and natives for the past 6 years. Jeff's passion for plants and garden education has led him to school gardens from Los Angeles to Sacramento and all the way up to Portland, Oregon. Now familiar with ecosystems across the West Coast, Jeff has settled back home and works to bring people together over food and inspire the next generation of earth stewards to leave it better than they found it. When not writing about himself in the third person, Jeff enjoys singing with his guitar, going on camping and hiking excursions, and tossing a frisbee around with his friends.

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