Bzzzzy Bees! (from Bedtime Math)
When people work really hard, we say they’re “busy as a bee” — but the bee is probably even busier. These cute, fuzzy bugs do a big job in nature. As they fly among the flowers to feed themselves, they carry pollen from one bloom to the next. This helps fruits and veggies grow. Honey bees also make honey: worker bees gather sticky “nectar” from the flowers, then dry it out by fanning their wings 200 times per second. In its short 6-week life, a bee makes only 1/12 teaspoon of honey. That isn’t a lot, but a hive has so many bees — up to 60,000 by summer — that one hive can make enough honey for itself and an extra 100 pounds for us
K: If a bee lands on a yellow tulip, then a pink tulip, then a yellow, then a pink, and keeps repeating, what colors are the next 2 flowers? How do you know?
Grade 1: Bees fly about 15 miles per hour. If you can ride your bike 1 mile per hour faster, how fast are you?
Grades 2-3: In early spring a hive has about 10,000 bees, but by summer it can have up to 60,000. Can you count by 10,000s from 10,000 to 60,000?
Grades 4-5: If a jar of honey has 20 tablespoons of honey, and each bee makes 1/12 of a teaspoon, how many bees made that jar of honey? (Hint: A tablespoon has 3 teaspoons in it!)
Think you know the answer? Submit your response to Principal Oropeza (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Tuesday, April 14. We’ll announce the winner during our next Wednesday Morning Meeting on Wednesday, April 15! See you then.