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BRING BIOLOGY ALIVE WITH MASON BEES K12!

Mason Bees K12 is an instructional resource for educators who want to enrich their curriculum and foster a greater understanding of pollinator biology and the important role they play in food production and ecosystem services.

Using the genus Osmia (Mason Bees) as the focal bee, students will learn:

  • Bee Phylogeny and Diversity;
  • Life cycle, development, and reproduction of solitary bees;
  • Foraging behavior in mason bees;
  • Nesting and mating behavior in mason bees;
  • Sex determination and allocation in mason bees;

Students who complete the program modules will learn the importance and role of solitary bees in food production and ecosystem services, and understand the need for conservation of solitary, wild bees.

Designed with adaptation and inclusivity in mind, the modules:

  • Can be used by teachers with access to outdoor gardens AND by teachers who must bring nature into the classroom through video or other nature-based classroom tools.
  • Align with Next Generation Science Standards ( NGSS ) and can easily be scaled up or down for different grade and ability levels.
  • Allow for the option for hands-on activities or virtual activities depending on the needs of educators and availability of resources.

 

 


LESSONS PROVIDED AT NO COST / EDUCATIONAL DISCOUNT ON MATERIALS

Mason Bees K12 was developed by Cornell Entomology, in partnership with K-12 Master Teachers, Museum of the Earth, and Crown Bees.

We are proud to provide our educational materials at no cost to teachers, and any supplementary materials purchased from Crown Bees will receive education pricing. To receive education pricing, please register using the link below.


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