Kim Heckart integrated science and literacy in an inquiry unit investigating the declining bee population. Her third-graders used nonfiction texts to research the reasons behind the decline. They also communicated the problem to their school community and created bee “hotels” to help provide habitat for bees. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Taking Action to Bolster the Bee Population
ENVIRONMENT Researchers have discovered that people who mow their lawns once every two weeks have more pollinating bees than people who mow their lawns every week. (Science) Don’t have a lawn? You can still welcome bees with a simple-to-build bee hotel! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas One of our colleagues here at Nat Geo … Continue reading Stop Mowing Your Lawn So Much
ENVIRONMENT We could wipe mosquitoes off the face of the Earth. Why don’t we? (Nat Geo News) Use our resources to learn a little about a slightly less drastic alternative here. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, and vote in today’s poll! Discussion Ideas It is very unusual for the good folks at National Geographic to openly … Continue reading Mosquitoes: What’s the Point?
ENVIRONMENT The White House has released new strategies to boost the insects so crucial to our food supply. Here’s how you can do your part to support pollinators at home. (Nat Geo News) Use our simple instructions to build your own bee hotel—we have three architectural models to choose from! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit—including a … Continue reading 9 Ways to Be a Bee BFF