Our lesson plans are designed to help you convey the wonder of the honey bee to your students. The five lessons can be used as we have presented them, in any order, or individually. The lesson landing pages include high level summaries, links to resources, and guided activities; the full lesson PDFs include more background for teachers, all the readings and resources, and step-by-step instructions for lesson delivery.

Bee Bodies

Learn how a honey bee’s structure supports its function in the ecosystem.

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Everybody Has a Job

Learn what makes the inside of a honey bee hive so fascinating.

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Tiny Bug Huge Role

Learn how honey bees collectively affect their community, ecosystem, and the world.

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Learn how honey bees manage their community. 

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Learn how honey is made and used. 

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Classroom Visits

Bring the wonder of honey bees to your classroom or student group. Hive Alive! is available for in-class presentations. A Sweet Virginia educator will bring all necessary materials, including an observation hive (if desired), and lead an interactive and fun presentation for elementary students. Students will learn about the bees, the hive, the colony, and the amazing collaboration and hard work that honey bees showcase. A donation to the foundation is suggested for school and group visits. Please complete our contact form to schedule a visit.

Honey Bee Sanctuary Open Houses

Visit Sweet Virginia’s Honey Bee Sanctuary for an open house day. Get a tour of the farm, including the hives, flower fields, and honey production area. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy activities for kids of all ages. Open houses are free-of-charge but require registration. Click on a date to register for the event.

  • May 27, 2017
  • June 17, 2017
  • Juy 22, 2017
  • August 19, 2017

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