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Sights and Sounds of Spring, Grades 9-12

Lessons, Activities, and Curriculum Resources Usher in Spring

Found In: arts, language arts, science, social studies, 9-12

A variety of curriculum resources for grades 9-12, 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.

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.

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.

Haibun: An Added Dimension to Prose Writing Students (9-12) are introduced to and write Haibun, a combination of prose and poetry created by Basho.


Free Pollinator Friendly Planting Guides
Enter a zip code to access a planting guide for your ecoregion. (Grades K-12)

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.

The Life Cycle of A Bee  ( PDF, 650 KB, 4 pgs.) A brief illustrated description of the three stages of a bee’s life.

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.”



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.


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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