A small group of 6th Graders gave us the “buzz” on bees this week as they presented their work on the importance of honey bees. For four weeks, these students studied the honey bee and all the intricacies of the hive; culminating in an hour-long presentation, complete with costume, simulations, and snacks!
The students had an opportunity to participate in a workshop shop with Kurt Valenta from Exordium an authentic learning experience with a lot of hands-on components, all within the classroom setting.
The presentation focused on 5 key concepts: Pollination, Community, Communication, Energy, and Design.
Each component was connected to the Driving Question: Why are honey bees important and what can you do to help?
The students lead their peers through two simulations – demonstrating honey bee communication and pollination.
The 6th-grade class was energized by the experience provided by their classmates. One student commented, “They obviously put a lot of work into this presentation. You can see the process of beautiful work. They were well-rehearsed and prepared. I had so much fun!”