Lesson Four: Taking care of our Bees

3:30 – 3:40 Snack & Chat

We started the club with time for a snack, and a little chat about our day.

We hadn’t seen each other for a couple of weeks, so I  re-introduced the BeeBots, talked about how we always handle them carefully and wait for our turn. I  asked the children, what can we do to take good care of these Bees?

  • hold them with two hands
  • don’t let them bump each other
  • don’t drop them
  • wait our turn, don’t grab them away from another person
  • put them back in their docking station when we are done

3:40 – 3:50 Videos

BBC Videos - The Humble Bumble BeeWe then talked about: How do real bees take care of themselves? How do they live? What do they eat?

We watched a short video from  BBC Nature about Bumble Bees and how they pollinate Tomato Plants.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/collections/p007rdq3#p0039rf7

I had planned to show the kids a video of a robot bee that has been designed by a University  – it is the smallest robot ever! But we ended up talking so long that I just dove into the activities at this point.

3:50 – 4:00 Art & Crafts

Draw your own flower for our BeeBots to explore

Today we will be giving our BeeBots a chance to explore some flowers, while practicing our BeeBots skills. But first we need some flowers to put under our brand new BeeBots Mat!

Everyone will have a few minutes to draw and colour some beautiful flowers for me. Those who are done the quickest can start cutting them out, and bring them down to the Mat for our first group activity.

4:00 – 4:10 / 4:10 – 4:20

Today we are dividing ourselves into two groups, and these are the two activities we will be rotating between:

1. Explore Bees on the Computer

Bees and Honey Game

Each child will have some free time on the computers to play the Bees & Honey Game on TVO Kids (TV Ontario – a Canadian public service television station)

http://www.tvokids.com/games/beesandhoney

(They got through this game very quickly, so needed to be steered back to the TVO Kids dashboard where they could explore more games)

2. BeeBots Flower Path

The other group will sit in a circle around our BeeBots Mat, and each child will place their flower under one of the squares. Together we will plan what path our BeeBot needs to take to reach each of the flowers in turn. Each child will get the chance to plan out the path the BeeBot will take to reach their flower.

(This activity was a big hit, and several of the children amazed me by planning out their BeeBots route in advance, and programming it correctly in one go!)

4:20 – 4:30 Free Time

The children have free time to either play more on the computers, or to play on the Mat with the BeeBots. (We actually ended up using up all of the time with the activities, and had to wrap up quickly at the end – the kids were full of beans today, and quite a handful! For future reference, I think it works better to have them split across three activities instead of just two, but one of the activities has to be artsy where they can be left on their own as we only have two teachers.)

 

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