New Bee Unit
for middle school
Aligned with NH
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November 19th, 2010
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.
Stay tuned for more information and a way to purchase your tickets on line. Full menu will be available for viewing by the end of the month.
To see more of the vineyard location,
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|Greetings! |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!
|The Honey Files: A Bee's Life | 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 www.nhagintheclass.org
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.
|AMAZING BEE FACTS!|
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
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
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
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
R. Tan is the owner of the website www.benefits-of-honey.com 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.
|WEBSITES WORTH THE BUZZ!|
|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