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Beekeepers Support NHAITC
Amazing Bee Facts
Websites Worth A Buzz
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  New Bee Unit
  for middle school
  Aligned with NH
  State Standards


November 19th, 2010 
First Annual
NHAITC Harvest "Roving" Feast
@ Zorvino's Vineyards
Join NHAITC for an evening of live music, NH Wine & Cheese tasting,
a full course meal of locally grown, deliciously prepared harvest foods,
and a silent auction, to raise funds for our programs.

You will "rove" throughout the vineyard's beautiful dining facility, eating different NH foods at each spot and getting a chance to meet the farmer who has grown or produced your evening's food.

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Enjoy the great local meats, dairy products and produce grown throughout our state all during this month.
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This issue covers a subject that children and adults find fascinating, bees.  With the latest new curriculum unit added to our resource library we'd like to highlight this unit for you to enjoy. Don't forget to read about our curriculum special, it's a wonderful kit to add to your classroom resources.  Lastly, if you would like a beekeeper to visit your class, contact the NHAITC office and we'll arrange for a beekeeper visit.  On that note, (local people in Ag), August is EAT LOCAL month. Be sure to visit the EAT LOCAL NH website in this newsletter for activities and farmers celebrating this month long event.
Enjoy the last month of vacation, we'll be back in September with lots of fun classroom materials each and every month throughout the school year!
Lisa Nevins
State Coordinator 
The Honey Files: A Bee's Life beecard
 Grades 4-6  
By Wendy Booth


NH Ag in the Classroom has completed the Honey Bee student/teacher kits just in time for teachers to put them into their 2010/2011 schedules. 


Together with the NH local Beekeeping community,

NH AITC has sponsored this great new teaching module for NH students.   As a Board Member of NHAITC, I approached the NH Beekeepers Association, The Pawtuckaway Beekeepers and the Seacoast Beekeepers to help with the funding for this project. 


The kits are made up of a 98 pg. Booklet, filled with lessons, and a DVD released by the National Honey Board called "The Honey Files,"  and 2 color posters showing other insects often mistaken for the honey bee.  This in-depth kit covers Honey Bee Biology, Society, The Hive, Pollination, Honey and Beekeepers.  The kids will enjoy classroom activities, outdoor observations, data collection, honey bee history, bee games teaching the Waggle Dance, insect identification and more. 


The lessons have been aligned to the newest NH Educational Standards and cover science, math and the language arts.  The initial response from teachers and beekeepers has been great.  Teachers in grades 2-3 have found the kits to be adaptable for their classes.


Beekeepers across NH have eagerly supported this kit and have purchased over 40 kits to date.   They have volunteered to get them to the local schools to spread the word of how important Honey Bees are to our food sources.  A great example of how our local agricultural groups can join forces with NHAITC to educate NH children about the importance of agriculture. 


20 additional kits have been donated, by the beekeepers, to the permanent Lending Resource Library at the NHAITC office, in Concord. teachers and home school parents can call to borrow the kits and to arrange for in-class presentations to inject fun into science and enhance learning.  When you bring a beekeeper and the tools of their trade into a classroom the kids will remember it for a lifetime.  


Many keepers have purchased the kits for their personal libraries, finding it useful to help spread the word on the importance of the honey bee.  If you are interested in purchasing a kit for a $25 donation, contact the NHAITC office 603-224-1934 or visit us on the web


NHAITC would like to thank the following supporters for their help with the Bee Kit:

NH Farm Bureau for their continued support,

New England Duplicator, Manchester for printed materials,

Pinkerton Academy for printed materials,

NH Beekeepers Association and local NH bee clubs.

So many healing and health promoting opportunities for  humans begin with this little busy creatures extraordinary abilities!
* The honey bee has been around for 30 million years.
    They were brought to America in the 1620's. Honey 
    was so highly valued, settlers could use it to pay 

It is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.

Honey bees are environmentally friendly and are
   vital as pollinators.

They are insects with a scientific name - Apis

They have 6 legs, 2 eyes, and 2 wings, a nectar
    pouch, and a stomach.

The honeybee's wings stroke 11,400 times per
   minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.
A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast  
   as 15 miles per hour, hence it would have to fly
   around 90,000 miles - three times around the globe - 
   to make one pound of honey.
The average honey bee will actually make only one
    twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
It takes about 556 workers to gather 1 pound of 
   honey from about 2 million flowers.
It takes one ounce of honey to fuel a bee's flight
   around the world.
A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a 
   collection trip.
A colony of bees consists of 20,000-60,000
   honeybees and one queen.
Worker honey bees are female, live 6 to 8 weeks and
   do all the work.
The queen bee lives for about 2-3 years and is the
   only bee that lays eggs. She is the busiest in the
   summer months, when the hive needs to be at its
   maximum strength, & lays up to 2500 eggs per day.
The male honey bees are called drones, and they do
    no work at all, have no stinger, all they do is mate.
Each honey bee colony has a unique odor for
   members' identification.
Only worker bees sting, and only if they feel 
   threatened and they die once they sting. Queens 
   have a stinger, but don't leave the hive to help
   defend it.

It is estimated that 1100 honey bee stings are 
    required to be fatal.
* Honey bees communicate with one another by 
During winter, honey bees feed on the honey they
   collected during the warmer months. They form a
   tight cluster in their hive to keep the queen and 
   themselves warm.

R. Tan is the owner of the website which is a rich honey resource community specially built for all the honey lovers and fans in this world. She has packed this website with a wide range of quality contents on honey based on her knowledge and experience with honey, so as to promote its invaluable benefits which she believes could bring many positive spin-offs in everyone's daily life.
The following websites contain lesson plans, fun activities for kids, great web movies and lots of educator resources to make your classroom as busy as a hive!
Check them out and enjoy the
Lesson plans for all ages on bees and other bugs.
This site contains lots of downloadable coloring sheets, puzzles, reading comprehension activities on bees, Bee powerpoints, bee math sheets and many more. 
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