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Who Am I?
spacerglass1 Clue 1:  I'm a member of the "dog family."
glass1 Clue 2:  I live throughout North America in deserts, prairies, forests, and even in towns and cities.
glass1 Clue 3:  You might hear me howling at night to communicate with my pack.
glass1 Clue 4:  Don't let me trick you—I am NOT a wolf.
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The answer to last week's mystery was: SEASHELLS Although Inside Outside Nature blog is changing it's focus, this weekly "Who Am I?" will remain the same! Teachers, click here to get ideas about how to use the contest with your students.  

Monthly Archives: April 2013

What’s the Buzz?

images-1Almost all of the fruits that we eat and the beautiful flowers that we enjoy come from seeds. To make a seed, a plant’s pollen has to move from the stamen (male part of a flower) to a stigma and pistil (female parts of a flower). This process is called pollination. Bees, butterflies, birds, and bats play an important role in the moving the pollen. Over the next month we’ll take a closer look at each of these pollinators.

imagesThis week—BEES! According to a recent U.N. report, there are 100 crops that provide 90% of the world’s food. Over 70 of these crops are pollinated by bees. Another way to think of it is that “bees are such important pollinators that every third bite of food you take is either directly or indirectly the result of pollinating bees.”

Bees are also important indicators for the health of the environment. When something is wrong with bees, something is wrong in the environment.


Inside: In the Trees, Honeybees!

BEES_StoreYou can find a great introduction to bees in the book In the Trees, Honeybees! by Lori Mortensen. Her rhyming verse will engage a young child, while sidebars with fascinating information satisfy the somewhat older child. In the back of the book, Lori shares information about how bees make honey and how beekeepers harvest it.

Did you know field bees have to collect nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey? Use this lesson plan, Sweet Treat, to make honey butter with your class.


Outside: Bee Dance

images-2Scout bees locate places rich with flowers. When they find a good flower patch, they return to the hive and perform a “waggle dance” to tell others where to find them. Use this lesson plan to have your students make up their own bee dance.

This is a great activity to do outside, but you can also do it inside the classroom.


More Facts and Fun About Bees

    • Author Lori Mortensen and illustrator Chris Arbo have created eight more lesson plans about bees—they’re available for free as a download on the Dawn Publications website.
    •  Why do bees buzz? Find out the answer to this question and lots of other cool information about bees at the Buzz About Bees website.
    • Discover more about pollination at the Kids Growing Strong website.