Curriculum Information for Teachers
How a Chinook Honey Company field trip will meet the Alberta Programs of Study
Chinook Honey Company provides students with an opportunity to discover the world of honey bees through an interactive discussion, group problem solving and investigative activities. Field trips range in length from 1 to 1.5 hours and are held indoors with seasonal/weather dependent outdoor activities. All field trips include smaller group breakout activities such as honey tasting and viewing a live observation hive.
Learning points focus on honey bee identification, life cycle, basic needs and their interaction with the environment. If a special program is required (example: for specialty groups or multiple age groups) the field trip can be adapted to include additional details about bee keeping, honey in culinary use, etc.. Chinook Honey Company strives to accommodate specific group needs while still meeting Alberta Education learning goals; however, program changes must be discussed and agreed upon prior to booking.
Please find a brief description of the field trip’s curriculum based topics below:
Pre-School and Kindergarten
- How to identify a honey bee and other insects;
- Environment awareness;
- Using numbers and patterns; and
- Working together as a group.
Grade One and Two
- Describe, classify, compare and contrast honey bees to other insects and invertebrates;
- Basic needs of animals (specifically honey bees);
- Where honey bees live and what they eat;
- What features of honey bees make them well suited for their particular environment
- How honey bees and other pollinators are considered helpful / harmful to humans and the environment.
Grade Three and Four
- Classifying insects (honey bees) based on observable characteristics;
- Honey bee life cycle (egg, larva, pupa, adult);
- Food and habitat needs of the honey bee;
- Importance of honey bees as pollinators;
- Adaptations of honeybees and flowering plants in relation to pollination;
- Environmental conditions that threaten the survival of honey bees and native pollinators; and
- Habitat preservation/ how to help honey bees and native pollinators.
If a more detailed description of what is discussed during a field trip is required, please contact Chinook Honey Company at firstname.lastname@example.org .