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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Books


Bee Dance

Bee Dance by Rick Chrustowski
(Henry Holt, 2015)

9780805099195

Suitable for sharing with a story time group, Bee Dance is presented as a conversational entreaty to bees,

Waggle faster, honeybee!

Buzz louder!

Your dance points the way to the prairie.”

Bee Dance is lyrical nonfiction with large, bright, cut-paper illustrations.  An author’s note contains additional facts and the author’s source material.

See a slide show of images from Bee Dance on the publisher’s website.

You can watch an actual “waggle dance” below.

Bee Dance was also reviewed on this site by Archimedes Notebook.  I thought it was worth mentioning again.


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This week for STEM Friday, we’re featuring Sandra Markle’s new book The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees: A Scientific Mystery.

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What’s killing the bees? That’s a mystery scientists and gardeners have been investigating for years now. Our bee population is dropping. This matters because about one-third of our food supply is pollinated by bees. Apples, almonds, apricots, and avocados, for a start…and that’s just food starting with A.

Here in Minneapolis, researchers at the University of Minnesota have determined that pesticides killed three hives of bees last month. Someone in a residential area sprayed a house and some nearby plants, and the bees inadvertently took the poison back to their hives to share it with the group. Read more here:

http://ecowatch.com/2013/10/10/pesticides-to-blame-for-massive-bee-deaths/

So is it just pesticides that’s causing our bees to die off? That’s unlikely, though it is one important cause. Students can follow along in the investigation of a real-life science mystery in The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees: A Scientific Mystery. And furthermore, check out our FREE teaching resources. These activities, written by author Sandra Markle, invite students to dig deeper into the story of the disappearing honeybees.

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