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Humans would find it very difficult to survive without bees, as they are responsible for pollinating 80% of our food.
With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to study honey bees for one of our science units; and since my “flip the flap” craftivity booklets have been so popular, I decided to design one for the life cycle of a honey bee.
I call it “Bottoms Up!” because the “pages” of the booklet are located at the bottom of the bee craft, which you flip up.
Each of the 4 pages, displays graphics depicting a stage of the bee’s life cycle.
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Patterns come in color, so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share, as well as black & white for students.
I’ve provided patterns for a “big bee booklet” perfect for a teacher’s sample, as well as a smaller (2-on-a-page) version for students.
The pages come with a “trace & write” labeled option for little ones, as well as a blank pattern page, so that students can label the picture, with plenty of room left to write something about this stage of the bee’s life cycle.
Introduce the lesson by reading a bee story, like Gail Gibbons’ book “The Honey Makers”, then share your example. Afterwards, students transition to making their own booklet.
When everyone is done, review the life cycle as a whole group, then have students partner up, taking turns explaining the stages of the honey bee’s life cycle to each other.
If you decide to hang up your students’ work, I’ve included a sweet “Bottoms Up!” poster to use for the center of your bulletin board display.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping your busy little bees enjoy this hands-on, life cycle craft. Cheers!