Science teachers be warned, you will quickly be distracted when you visit Carolina Biological’s website. A banner across the top announces a chance for students to have their questions answered by scientists aboard the Space Shuttle. And that’s not all. There’s owl pellets and sheep brains. But remember why you are there–bee supplies!
Let’s face it, bees are small and move quickly. Give your students a close look at a bee with a microscope slide featuring a leg with a pollen basket, wings, and a stinger with a poison sac. If that doesn’t get your students hooked on bees, nothing will.
What do you do with a dried bee? Well, make a bee stick of course! Educators can use bee sticks to teach students about pollination. Students glue a dried bee to a toothpick and then brush the bees over flowers to pick up and pass around pollen.
As experienced educators know, learning works best when it is integrated across multiple subjects. KIDS DISCOVER magazine is the perfect tool for connecting science with language arts. Featuring sections like “Let’s Dance” and “Bees Around the World,” this award-winning magazine is sure to grab your students’ attention.
Module kits are awesome. Teachers receive 10 investigations, 16 student guides, a teacher edition, and online access for simulations. Even teachers without science degrees can teach science with kits like these. Students use models to learn about bee reproduction and conduct digital simulations to learn about pollinators.
Younger kids will enjoy planting seeds, charting the growth of plants, and investigating the bee/flower relationship with bee sticks. In this eight-week inquiry, students learn about the life cycle of a plant. The kit is good for two uses and can be refurbished when your supplies run out.
If you’re just starting out, you can get a Beepods Beekeeping Complete Education System or a Beepods Vented Topbar Hive from Carolina Biological. Carolina also has Beepods Harvest Boxes which can be used as a starter box for a new colony, to transfer bees to a new location, capture swarms, and more. Teachers will like the Beepods Table-Top Bar Stand for displaying a bar full of comb and live bees. Don’t forget a Beepods Inspection Kit to keep track of the health of your colony.
Looking for a bargain? Check out the sale on river animals including zebra fish, tiger barbs, dwarf frogs, and ghost shrimp. But wait, you came here for bee supplies…