“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Rotner, S., & Woodhull, A. (2010). The buzz on bees: Why are they disappearing? New York, NY: Holiday House.
Reading Level: 950L
Synopsis: Bees are mysteriously disappearing at alarming rates; leaving the beekeepers and scientists trying to discover what it making the bees more fragile than in the past. Scientists speculate that bees are catching viruses and becoming too weak to recover. Pollinating more than ninety different kinds of crops, is one of the many reasons these smalls insects are worth saving! This informational text provides multiple ideas and resources for things that we can do to “bee” friendly to bees.
Rationale for Classroom Use: This informational text presents multiple reasons why bees are so important to the world and gives possible reasons why the bees are disappearing. Using these facts, students can collaborate to create a visual display that represents the causes and effects related to the disappearing of bees. Using a Voicethread, students can present their findings, as well as the simple ways that they can help save the bees!
Common Core Connection:
RI.4.7 Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
5. L.2.3: Infer the effects that may result from the interconnected relationship of plants and animals to their ecosystem.