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    Default Presentation for third grade class

    I've been asked to do a 15-20 minute presentation for my son's third grade class. I have a few ideas of my own, but wonder if there's anything you've tried that was particularly well received. And no, brining live bees into the school is not an option (for several reasons). Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: Presentation for third grade class

    Bring them honey....the teacher will be glad you got them wound up.....school bus drivers worst day is the day after halloween !

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    Default Re: Presentation for third grade class

    I have done a number of school presentations. Kids love learning about bees and the presentations are a lot of fun to do! Kids like to be able to touch things, so be sure to bring some pieces of comb, beeswax blocks, propolis, etc (that you don't mind possibly getting ruined), that you can pass around for them to see and touch. And make sure you bring several different colors of honey for the kids to sample, that is always their favorite part!
    http://www.beverlybees.com/
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    Default Re: Presentation for third grade class

    Another thing that is great to do is to bring in an empty hive and hive tools, several bee suits and an unlit smoker and have the kids go through a mock inspection. They love trying on the bee suit and gloves! (But this will take longer than 20 minutes)
    http://www.beverlybees.com/
    Backyard Beekeeping for the love of bees and honey!

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    Default Re: Presentation for third grade class

    If you can't bring live bees, at least bring some dead ones so the kids get an idea of their size and general appearance. Oh yes . . . and biscuits to go under the honey.
    Rusty
    http://www.honeybeesuite.com "A Better Way to Bee"

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    Default Re: Presentation for third grade class

    How about a few drones, explain that there is no stinger and that they are a large part of the hive as well!
    Coyote Creek Bees

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    Default Re: Presentation for third grade class

    A worker, a drone, and a queen mounted on entomologist insect pins in a display case might be more "real" than photos. Just a thought.

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    Default Re: Presentation for third grade class

    If you have a magnifying glass also bring that for the kids to use to look at the dead bees.
    http://www.beverlybees.com/
    Backyard Beekeeping for the love of bees and honey!

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    Default Re: Presentation for third grade class

    I also thought it would be neat to bring in live drones. Let the kids hold them, release them outside or out the window. Make sure you bring enough they all will want to participate.

    Frames from a deadout, brood nest, empty frame, capped honey frames. Bee suit, bee veil.

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    Default Re: Presentation for third grade class

    I've extracted a few frames in school; let them uncap into the extractor (even a fork works). They love cranking the handle. When done, I hand out honey sticks since I want everyone to get the same amount.
    Check with a local high school, they may loan you a dissecting scope which lets the kids look closely at the dead bees. I also use a compound scope to look at pollen and bee parts. They can see the shapes, features, textures and colors.

    Check our our middle school /high school group on this site; there are pictures in the first "box". We're starting up again this spring.

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/group.php?groupid=42
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    Default Re: Presentation for third grade class

    I like to clip the wings on a bunch of drones and hand them out...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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