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Seed Lending Library

Lean about incorporating seeds into your lesson plans, designing a unit plan, and searching for relevant resources

Seeds for the classroom

Use this guide to learn about new ways to incorporate seeds into your lesson plans, design unit plans that are relevant to the BC curriculum, and search for resources related to gardening and outdoor learning. 

Unit Plan

Unit Title: Gardening for Bees 

Unit Description: This unit plan comprises five separate lessons that are intended to be spread out over a five week period. The purpose of spreading the unit out over a five week period is to give students time to make observations as their plants grow. 

Curriculum Links: This unit links to the “Big Idea” all living things respond to their environment. (BC's curriculum, n.d.) It covers the following grade 4 science concepts: 

  • Questioning and predicting 

  • Planning and conducting 

  • Processing and analyzing data information 

  • Evaluating 

  • Applying and innovating 

  • Communicating

Grade: 4 Science 

Approximate Time Needed: One hour each week for a period of 5 weeks 

Targeted Curriculum Specifications and Standards (Students will be expected to know the following):

  • How plants respond to their environment 

  • How animals respond to their environment

  • How humans respond to their environment 

Student Objectives/Learning Outcomes 

  • Identify questions about familiar objects and events that can be investigated scientifically

  • Make predictions based on prior knowledge

  • Make observations about living and non-living things in the local environment

  • Collect simple data

  • Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings

  • Identify some simple environmental implications of their and others’ actions

  • Co-operatively design projects

  • Express and reflect on personal or shared experiences of place

(BC's Curriculum, n.d.)

 

For more resources on lesson planning ideas and activities, check out the Education Library's lesson planning guides. 

To search for additional resources UBC Library catalogue, we recommend using the following search terms:

Add these terms to the subject area, lesson topic, or theme to find books and other materials on your topic.

For example: "study and teaching" AND bees 

Unit Breakdown

 

Lesson 1: Introduction Children will do... So that children will know...  modifications... Materials...

Students will make observations about their environment and assess whether or not it is "bee friendly." 

Students will go on a scavenger hunt, looking for "bee friendly" indicators

Students will work together to create a plan to make the school grounds more "bee friendly." 

Demonstrate curiosity about the natural world.

Observe objects and events in familiar contexts. 

Identify questions about familiar objects and events that can be investigated scientifically. 

Make predictions based on prior knowledge. 

How insects respond to their environment  Students can either use a scavenger hunt checklist (easier) or write/sketch objects as they discover them (more challenging) 

Scavenger hunt worksheet, clipboards, pens. (Beesponsibile, 2021)

Video: To Bee or Not to Bee (The Nature of Things, 2009) 

Day 2: Plant Seeds Children will do...  So that children will know... Modifications Materials 

Observe and sketch seeds, documenting colour, texture, and size.

Make predictions about seed's growth. 

Make Pollinator Seed Patties and Record steps in sketchbook. 

Observe objects and events in familiar contexts.

Identify questions about familiar objects and events that can be investigated scientifically. Make predictions based on prior knowledge. 

How plants respond to water, light, touch. Students can record steps in their planner by cutting out steps from template and pasting them into their notebooks (easier) or by writing/sketching the steps in their notebook (more challenging) 

Science notebooks, pens, soil, seeds, egg cartons, step-by-step instructions for planting seeds. 

Be a Friend to Pollinators (The Bee Cause Project, 2009) 

Pollinator Seed Patties Activity Program (Science World, n.d.) 

Lesson 3: Make a Bee Home Children will do... So that children will know... Modifications Materials 

Follow visual and written instructions on making a Bee Home

Work individually or in pairs to create a bee home  

Assess the environment and set up bee home outside 

Contribute to care for self, others, school, and neighbourhood, through individual and collaborative approaches. 

Co-operatively design projects 

How bees respond to their environment  N/A

Tins cans, paper bags, pens, toilet paper rolls

Video: How to build a mason bee home (Howard, 2017) 

Lesson 4: How to build a bee bath Children will do... So that children will know... Modifications Materials 

Nature hunt, collect rocks, moss, twigs, and other objects

Students brainstorm what they think of when they think of "bees" - consider sight, sound, smell, touch, taste

Paint rocks using imagery gathered from brainstorm 

Add rocks and other items into a ceramic dish and decide where to put bee bath 

Experience and interpret the local environment

Co-operatively design projects 

Express and reflect on their personal and shared experiences of place 

How humans sense and respond to their environments Students will have the option to contribute rock paintings, poems, short stories, or larger canvas paintings.  Video: Reverence for Bees - Water for Bees (Wheaton, 2013)
Lesson 5: Launch Party Children will do...  So that children will know... Modifications Materials 

Make honey and "wow" butter power balls

Bee games and reading 

Group sharing circle and discussion. Reflect on the "Big Ideas" to assess student's learning

Written reflection 

Experience and interpret the local environment 

Express and reflect on personal and shared experiences of place

Sensing and responding  N/A

Honey & Wow Butter Balls Recipe (The allergy mom, 2010)

Science Notebooks 



 

Resources

For books on Gardening for Bees, visit the UBC Education Library's Booklist

                              

 

Curio is a website that streams english and french videos that are relevant to Canada’s curriculum. You can search for materials that are directly relevant to BC’s curriculum. 

Try: To Bee or not to Bee. This documentary investigates the decline of bees, as scientists and beekeepers in Europe and North America work to find the cause. To Bee or Not To Bee takes viewers into a world of nature, science and big business to examine how we can save the bees.

 

Science World Resources provides lesson plans organized by topic, format, and language.

Try: Pollinator Seed Patties 

 

TEACH BC is an open access repository where teachers can share, borrow, and adapt lesson plan ideas and activities. Resources are relevant to the BC curriculum.

Try: Getting outside safely in the Covid-19 eraIncludes interpretive videos, activity sheets, and lesson plans for outdoor learning and activities to do at home. 

 

OER Commons: is an open access repository where teachers can share, borrow, and adapt lesson plan ideas and activities.

Try: Be a friend to pollinators. This lesson plan and assessment takes you on a journey to discover if pollinators find your campus a hospitable home. Core compliant for Grades 3-5, but adaptable to all ages.