As part of our “Bee the Change” inquiry project, the Grade 1 students had a memorable field trip visiting the beehives at Ms. Carmelita’s home. They were thrilled to get dressed in real beekeeper suits in order to stay safe around the hives and around the backyard. Ms. Carmelita’s husband, Patrick, opened the bee boxes right in front of the girls and showed us the parts of the hive. We were able to see the worker bees busy making wax, honeycomb and honey! We noticed parts of the hive that contained eggs and larva. We learned that beekeepers use a smoker (with pine cones) to keep the bees calm. Students who were keen were invited to stand right next to the hives to watch the bees flying in with pollen. Some students were able to hold worker bees and drones! We ended the trip with a honey tasting with honey straight out of the hives! It was delicious! We had an incredible time and want to express our sincerest thanks to Ms. Carmelita and Patrick for welcoming the Grade 1s to visit their fascinating beehives. It was truly a life-changing experience. Many of the students have a new love and appreciation for the important work that bees do in pollinating our world’s plants!
Grade 1 Teacher