The Hive Detectives by Lorree Griffin Burns: A Nonfiction Study Unit is designed for teachers of students in grades 5-8 reading The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe by Loree Griffin Burns (Houghton Mifflin, 2010), which examines the efforts by scientists and beekeepers in the United States to investigate the decrease in bee populations in 2006.
This book study includes
*a teacher’s page with objectives and a description of each part of the unit, plus a list of online resources
*an Oral Reading and Discussion Guide which contains a summary of each part of the book, comprehension questions, and vocabulary words with definitions
*glossary containing twenty-five vocabulary words with definitions
*Mary Duane Vocabulary Review, a puzzle using seventeen words from the glossary
*Dave Hackenberg Review containing a matching exercise about five crops that are pollinated by honey bees and a crossword puzzle of vocabulary words
*A Closer Look, an activity in which the students examine the illustrations in the book
*Inside the Hive: What’s What reviews the honey making process
*Inside the Hive: Who’s Who in which students create a three column chart with details about the queen bee, drones, and worker bees
*Honeycomb Puzzle reviews ten vocabulary words
*Harvesting Honey Activity in which students complete a summary of the steps needed to harvest honey
*Vocabulary Crossword Puzzle reviews all twenty-five vocabulary words
*Using the Index contains ten questions that can be answered using the book index in The Hive Detectives
*Unit test which includes twenty-five multiple-choice vocabulary questions, fifteen multiple-choice comprehension questions, and five short answer questions
*Answer keys are included for each activity.
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