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Focus: The focus of this text is how bees interact with grassland ecosystems. While bees live in other environments, we are looking only at a grassland ecosystem with this lesson. The book provides information about bees, then begins describing what would happen if bees were extinct.
Informational Text Concepts: cause and effect, text structure, vocabulary
Title: What If There Were No Bees? by Suzanne Slade
Read Aloud and Circle Map
As you read the text, students write down information about bees. Where do they live? What do they do? Who are their predators? How do they interact with the grassland ecosystem? What do honey bees do?
When I do a read aloud, sometimes I like to show the pictures on the document camera while I read the text. Show students the food web included in the book and discuss what might happen if bees were extinct.
What if Bees Became Extinct?
Students listen to the read aloud and fill in three possible effects of bees’ extinction. Then, they describe how a grassland ecosystem would change.
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More About Bees
The Grade 2 NGSS Notebook includes 2 lessons about bees to address NGSS 2-LS2-2. “Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.”
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