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Sights and Sounds of Spring, Grades 6-8

Lessons, Activities, and Curriculum Resources Usher in Spring

Found In: arts, language arts, science, social studies, 6-8

A variety of curriculum resources for grades 6-8, focus on bees, the changing seasons, myths, and haiku.

Lesson Plans & Activities

Lesson Plans

Africanized Honey Bees on the Move
Students in grades K-12 learn about honeybees and bee safety with a variety of lessons and activities.

Build Your Own Stonehenge Activity
Students in grades 3-12 can use a compass, rope, and stakes to build a “Stonehenge” and record the track of the sun as the year progresses.

Honey Bees and Pollination
Students in grades 4-6 learn the importance of honey bees to agriculture.

The Double Life of A Squirrel: Seed Disperser and Predator
(K-12) Students observe and collect data on squirrels consuming or dispersing seeds in different habitats.

Seasons of Trees  Students (1-4) listen to Gail Gibbons’ The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree and keep journals of changes in one tree during the school year. Standards listed.

The World of Haiku
Students in grades 6-8 explore the traditions and conventions of haiku, compare it to a related genre of Japanese visual art, and compose haiku of their own.


Free Pollinator Friendly Planting Guides
Enter a zip code to access a planting guide for your ecoregion.

Stonehenge – Digital 3D Model
Requires download of free software. (Grades 6-8)

Background Resources


For older students. Links to essays on writing and aspects of Haiku.

Poetic Form: Haiku
For older students. This page provides a brief description of Haiku and links to examples in English.


The Honey Bee Life Cycle Text, images, and time-lapse video.

The Honey Bee Files ( PDF, 4.9 MB, 98 pgs.) A cross-curricular teaching guide for grades 4-6. Activities, worksheets, glossaries.

The Great Pollinator Project Includes K-12 lesson plans and a section on other pollinators.

Photo, range map, audio.

Decline of Honey Bees Now a Global Phenomenon, says United Nations
“…of the 100 crop species that provide 90 per cent of the world's food, over 70 are pollinated by bees.”

Biology & Anatomy of the Honey Bee (power point icon PPT, 4.1 MB, 29 slides)
PowerPoint presentation. Click page down to move through the presentation and fill in the blanks.



Persephone: Greek Queen of the Underworld, Goddess of Spring
A description of Persephone, goddess queen of the underworld, wife of the god Hades, and the goddess of spring growth.

A description of the goddess of agriculture, grain, and bread, the prime sustenance of mankind and mother of Persephone.

A description of the Horai, goddesses of the seasons and the natural portions of time.


Bees printables
10 printable pages: crossword puzzle, word search, vocabulary, etc.


Silence of the Bees (50:40)
The first in-depth look at Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and the search to uncover what is killing the honeybee.

Honey Bee Swarm (2:28)
A beekeeper collects a swarm of honey bees to form a new hive.


last updated: January 27, 2020


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