Five in a Row Story: The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco Supplemental Stories

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Five in a Row Story: The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco

Supplemental Stories

  • Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree

  • If You Should Hear a Honey Guide by April Pulley Sayre

  • Honeybees at Home by Lynne Harwood

  • Thank You, Mr. Falkner by Patricia Polacco

  • In Enzo’s Splendid Garden by Patricia Polacco

  • The Honey Makers by Gail Gibbons

  • Bumblebee, Bumblebee, Do You Know Me? by Anne Rockwell

Book on Tape: The Sign of the Beaver by

Social Studies

  • Geography of Michigan and Yukon

  • Relationships - Traditions

  • Culture

  • Hospitality

  • Kindness to Animals

Language Arts

  • Catching the Clues

  • Onomatopoeia

  • Analogy

  • Vocabulary: Define each word: junction; foursome; pitch; pollen; charming; eureka; sprint; stampede; chortled; hollow; bluff; wisdom

Copywork: Psalm 19, verses 8-12. Copy doing your best work!


  • Musicians and Instruments

  • Enjoying the Details

  • Making a Map

  • Work on drawings everyday using Draw Write Now, book 3

Math and Science

  • Hexagons in nature (The Joy of Mathematics p 74). Buy Honeycomb cereal.

  • Bees and beekeeping:

The World of Honeybees (Where Animals Live)

Honeybees by Deborah Heiligman

The Life and Times of the Honeybee by Charles Micucci

The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive

Janice VanCleave’s Play and Find Out about Bugs (read about why bees waggle)

  • Have honey taste-testing. Grade (color, smell, sweetness, texture), graph results

  • Collect flowers that bees use to make honey. Press for nature notebook.

  • Visit Hattaway’s

  • Visit beehive at BV Museum of Natural History

  • Watch bees in our garden. Do Math activity p.1 FIAR Bee file.


  • Scones w/ honey butter (or bee cookies p. 3 FIAR Bee file)

  • Herbal tea

  • Honey beer

Narrate: Narrate and illustrate our bee unit study.


Patricia Polacco's website:

PBS site on beehives!

PBS site on bee anatomy:

Honey .com page: honey recipes, facts, tips and tricks!
Facts, Games, Glossary, Recipes regarding honey and bees
Bee worksheets and activities
Flowers bumblebees like: just scroll down to the North American section.
Music and more
Tons of info then enter bees in the search box

Full Lesson Plan including tons of activity/worksheets on the body, hive, life cycle, food, work and how they communicate, songs and stories.

Grade K-3 Lessons

Grade 4-6 Lessons

Separate listing of Activity Sheets:

Honeycomb/Hexagon Math Lesson

Local apiary sites:

Bees in the Exsultet:

Honey Bee

Word Searches


Honey Bee Crossword Puzzle


4. Honey bee body section where antennae and proboscis are found

7. Abbreviation for National Honey Board

8. Used for walking and for cleaning pollen off body

10. Opposite of different

11. Honey bee stomach used to digest food

14. Used for touch and smell

15. Stomach section used to hold nectar that will be fed to larvae

17. Jaw


1. Secretes substance used for building cells of honey comb

2. Two pairs used in honey bee flight and in fanning hive

3. Honey bee defense mechanism

5. Container-like area on back legs of honey bee

6. Honey bee body section containing the honey sac

9. Straw-like appendage used for sucking nectar

12. Center insect body section where legs and wings attach

13. Simple eye

16. Multi-faceted eye

Many beekeepers move their bees to pollinate various agricultural crops. Print this page and help
this beekeeper move hives to the orchard.

Label the Bee

Abdomen - the segmented tail area (it has nine segments) of a bee, that contains the heart, reproductive organs, wax glands, and most of the digestive system
Antenna - one of two sensory appendages attached to the head of adult bees
Compound Eye - one of two large eyes that are made up of many hexagonal lenses
Forewing - one of the two large, upper wings (attached to the thorax)
Head - The head is the part of the insect that contains the brain, the eyes, the proboscis, and the mandibles - the two antennae are attached to the head
Hindwing - one of the two lower wings (attached to the thorax).
Honeycomb - the hexagonal structure made of wax that is constructed by bees and used to incubate eggs and store honey

Leg - adult bees have six legs attached to the thorax

Mandibles - a pair of plier-like jaws - located on the lower sides of the head. They are used to carry things, construct and clean the hive, hold enemies, and bite into flowers (to release pollen)
Pollen baskets - areas located on the hind legs - used for carrying pollen back to the hive
Proboscis - a straw-like tongue attached on the head - it is used for eating tiny particles like pollen
Simple eyes - small eyes located towards the front of the face - they can only tell light from dark
Stinger - a sharp shaft located at the end of the abdomen and used for defense - only present on females
Thorax - the body section between the head and the abdomen - the legs and wings attach to the thorax
Wax glands - glands under the abdomen that make wax - used in forming the honeycomb

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