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Discussion Questions

 What’s a more sustainable choice in helping


honeybees?
 What can we do at home?
 What can we do here at school?
Introduction Design Brief
BEES NEED OUR HELP YEAR 5!
The mystery of the honeybee decline is a world-
‘POWER OF THE FLOWER’
OBJECTIVE:
wide problem that is also in our backyards and To plant a variation of flowers from those already flowering on the
school yard. Scientists have been able to link the school ground that attract our bees and provide them with a
decline to parasites, pesticides and habitat loss. variation of pollen in hope to help the health of the Australian
But the facts aren’t clear. honey bee colonies. An important friend that balances our precious
ecosystem and that provides us with a delicious topping for our
WeetBix!
Time
TICK BOXES ON COMPLETION 
 Lesson 1 of mission- Bee and Me research lesson
 Lesson 2 of mission- Investigation of school grounds.
Recording types of flowers around, what are bees at.
 Homework- Bee attraction investigation at home
(around your street, parks, yard and neighbouring yards.)
 Lesson 3 of mission- Planning

LET’S DO SOME DETECTIVE WORK!  Lesson 4 of mission- Planting


 Multiple lunchtimes for three weeks (voluntary) - Water
Some scientists are wanting to create an artificially species and nursing
genetically superior in labs so that it would be immune to  Lesson 5 of mission- Watering, nursing, observing and
parasites and viruses. However, others are worried this will
compiling portfolio and evaluation (split class rotation)
disrupt our fragile ecosystem balance. There have also
been trials involving mixing the genes of New Zealand’s  Lesson 6 of mission- Water, nursing, observing and
honey bee with our Australian honey bee which resulted in compiling portfolio and evaluation (split class rotation)
the genetically modified bee having deformed wings!
What do you think about messing with nature?  Lesson 7 of mission- Evaluating and reasoning
reflection with the teacher
Project Specification
Evaluation

BEE-careful to ensure we look In evaluating our ‘Power of the Flower’ refer to filling out
your work booklet. Lesson seven we use this for reflection
after ourselves, others, teachers, bees
lesson.
and flowers we must… GIVE ME
 Fill the empty garden patch near Johnathon Oval
the gardener- Mr. Harris has kindly prepared for us.

 To plant in lesson four, you must have listened well in


class in lesson three.

 Your choice of flowers MUST be approved by myself or


Mrs. Allen by the end of lesson three as we are to
purchase them over that weekend.
A HIVE FIVE!
 Gloves are to be worn AT ALL TIMES in lesson four or at Presentation
any time when planting, handling or digging in soil.
PORTFOLIO
 If rostered for watering at recess you are to first report Completed by Friday Week 8
to Mrs Allen or myself in the classroom. To show off our hard work we will be compile a portfolio
piece in class individually. The portfolio must;
 Flowers are only to be watered by rostered volunteers,  Be presented on an A4 card
not before or after school or during recess breaks  Include (at least) 3 images
 Planning and evaluation booklet; filled in, chopped and
pasted
 50-100 words reasoning why we did this project

*This may need to be taken home to be worked on if class


time is not use effectively.
I can’t wait to see your active participation in this
colourful project concerning our fragile
ecosystem!

Images; Dream Works (2007) The Bee Movie.