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Anatomy of a Bumblebee in Pre-K

A recent observational walkabout in Katie Dawson’s pre-kindergarteners blossomed into a rich discussion and art project about bees. “The lesson grew out of the children’s observations and interest in the changing spring environment,” said Dawson. “Our class has been talking about the changes all around us and began by studying the blooming cherry trees on the playground.” From there, Dawson’s class drew pictures of flower blossoms and noticed the bees. “We talked about why we don’t see bees in the winter, we talked about weather changes, then we discussed why bees sting and how they make honey.” Dawson said the lesson continued with studying photography of bees, discussing the anatomy of bees, and, later, concluded with the students using modeling clay to build their own version of the industrious insects.