Calvert – Bees
Hello Garden Friends,
This week we did a special presentation about bees and how they help the garden and what we can do to care for them. To augment the lesson I brought over a hive with 10 frames of honeycomb and some commonly used hive tools like a smoker and a hive tool.
To start, we talked about why bees are important. The 5th graders had a pretty good handle on the fact that bees are needed for pollination and fruit production. To really drive it home we named our favoite fruits that would not exist if bees went extinct. Apples, berries, peaches, pears, oranges.. to name a few.
Next, I broke out the hive and we talked about how bees communicate with smells and body language. With those two means of communication the bees can accurately describe where and how far away the flowers are and what the pollen from those flowers smells like.
Bees also use smells to tell each other when an intruder is nearby, and it smells like ripe bananas. In order to mask their smells and check on the hive or harvest their honey we use a smoker to saturate the air with smoke. I lit the smoker and a few children got to practice being beekeepers!
Check out a few photos of the frames and the smoker.
Until next time,
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