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In order to service you better, the Institute will be posting activties on a monthly basis for teachers that want to apply MI in the classrooms and parents that want to conduct MI activities at homes.  These activities are pulled from our partner schools and are written by researchers and experienced educators.  We welcome your comments and additions to the activity list to enrich the community.



Activity Title

Honey Bees


Triggered Intelligences    
    
  • Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence
  • Naturalist Intelligence

 
Suggested Ages

*   Three
*   Four
*   Five


Domains   
  • Scientific Thinking
  • Physical & Health

Materials and Equipment

1. Yellow and black yarn
2. Cardboard


Preparation

1. Find two circles (e.g. a bowl and a cup) you can trace to make a circle and then a smaller circle in the middle of a piece of cardboard, and cut them out.
2. The little pom pom bees your children will make are cute, but they don’t resemble bees at all. Primarily, they are meant to help start a conversation with children about bees.
3. Most people learn from childhood, that bees should be avoided because they sting. So, most people grow up thinking of bees as pests. But, bees are central to the production of almost all of the fruits and vegetables we eat, and around the world, they are disappearing.
4. At a Circle Time before you make honey bees, find out what children know about honey bees, and bees in general. Ask them to share any experiences they may have had with bees.

 
Presentation

1. To make one pom pom you first need to sit two circles together.
2. Give each child who wishes to create a bee, two long lengths of yarn – one yellow, and one black.
3. Children wind the yarn around the two circles. Remind them to keep it nice and firm as they wind.
4. They should keep winding all the way around the circle until they can’t see any more cardboard.
5. Cut the yarn all the way around the outside edge of the circle.
6. Lightly separate the two pieces of cardboard and slide another piece of yarn in here.
7. Pull it all the way around the circle and tie it in a very tight knot to hold the pom pom in place.
8. Use the monofilament to hang the yellow and black bees from the ceiling above the flowers.

 
Tips

When children are engaged in this activity, your questions and suggested inquiries should not be limited to the examples below. Think beyond the suggestions given to talk with children. Have real life conversations about the activity they are participating in so you can gain an understanding of what they already know and what they might want to know more about.
Throughout the world, bee populations are in danger of complete collapse. The reason for this population decline is still unknown, but scientists around the world are concerned as bees perform a central role in both the ecosystem and in agriculture.
Scientists say people can help save the bees if they are willing to take action. For example, they can plant bee friendly flora in their yards. Bees like flowers that are shaped like daisies (such as sunflowers) and they also like tall plants, like hollyhocks, and their favorite colors appear to be purple, blue, white and yellow.


This activity can be extended by: 

This activity can be extended by: taking paper on clipboards, and colored pencils outside, and drawing some of the flowers that are in bloom around your school; then mounting the drawings on the wall near your tree.

 
Feedback

We would love to hear your feedback and discussion on the following questions:
What is "MI" about this?
What else would you like to do with this kind of activities?
Are there other activities relating to  these Intelligence?

Posted on: 2010/12/23 12:03
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