October OER of the Month – To Bee or not to Bee

The Geoscience Outreach programme allows students in their final year to work in partnership with a local school or community group to develop open educational resources. Each summer the Open.Ed service employs a summer intern to work with our Geoscience staff and the outreach students to copyright clear, polish, and share student’s outreach project as OER.

‘To Bee or not to Bee’ was created by Natasha Michaelides as part of the School of Geosciences’ Outreach Programme 2017/18, and is a series of workshops focused on the important contribution that bees make to our planet.

Bees pollinate one out of every three bites of food that we consume daily, without them we would be in serious trouble. Bee populations across the globe have been diminishing, in some parts of the world farmers have to hand-pollinate their crops.

This series of workshops aims to express the importance of bees by teaching about pollination, bee diversity, and the adaptions that honey bees have made in their hives to allow them to be efficient in their jobs.

This document contains three detailed lesson plans based on the following topics:

  1. Pollination
  2. Bee diversity
  3. Hexagons in the bee hive

These lesson plans are suitable for classes entering the final two years of first level learning (P3 and P4), however the resource pack also contains guidance on how to adapt the lessons for second level learners.

The resource is provided on a CC BY licence and has been uploaded to TES Connect which hosts a range of lesson materials for early years, primary, secondary, and special needs teaching.

‘To Bee or not to Bee’ can be downloaded from TES Connect.


Header image: ‘Honey Comb Hexagon’, by Richard Woeber, CC0 Creative Commons