Printable Numbers 1-10 Bee Theme — a free instant download is included in this post (both a PDF and a PowerPoint).
This post has a Free Printable Numbers 1-10 Bee Theme, and a free PowerPoint. Tonya Dirksen at the Keys, Strings, and Melodies blog post has a video of a song about bees. So, I selected some corresponding books and made a PDF and PowerPoint to accompany her blog post and video. The books I review today are NOT needed for completing the work pages, but some children may really enjoy them.
BUMBLEBEES by Emily K. Green is a non-fiction Blastoff 2 Reader, and is so great educationally as it includes a table of contents, a glossary, and an index. Each page has a beautiful photo (if you like close up pictures of pollen on bees) and easy reader-level text. The pictures enlarge the bees so much you can see a bee tongue and antennas. When I taught second grade, the only books we allowed for the animal research unit had to be like this one. It is good to expose young children to these non-fiction text features by just mentioning them without expecting full comprehension. Later this practice will pay off when the children are more easily instructed about non-fiction books due to readiness.
Bees by Kevin J. Holmes is another non-fiction book, and written at a higher level than the BUMBLEBEES book. BEES has one page of text alternating with a large photo on each two-page spread. This book discusses bees’ physical characteristics, habits, behavior, and their relationships to humans, and is written at more of a grades 2 or 3 text level.
Bugs by the Numbers
BUGS BY THE NUMBERS is a book with flaps to move to reveal more pictures or information, which is always fun for children. BUGS BY THE NUMBER is similar because all the bugs are completely made up of a number written so cleverly it forms the complete bug picture, which is something young artists may wish to apprentice themselves to try. Each bug has facts with figures and numbers which are extremely impressive. On the bee page, it says: “To collect enough nectar to make 1 pound of honey, a bee travels the equivalent of 2 times around the world.” So, one tablespoon of honey is about from a bee flying across the USA! One butterfly fact is that from the time it hatches, a caterpillar will grow up to 100 times its size. Children who enjoy impressing others with facts will absorb the information like sponges!
VIOLINS by Holly Saari is another non-fiction book and accompanies the study of bees so well as it is possible to make great buzzing bee sounds with the bow in a violin string. This is great fun for young violinists to learn to do (and probably annoy the adults in proximity for a few days). Rosin has added ingredients such as beeswax to modify its stiction/friction properties, so this is another connection. We teach young children to make text-to-self connections while reading to enable them to make more meaning from text. This book is another example of a wonderful fairly easy reader with each two-page spread showing a large photo and a page of text. There is no table of contents, but this book does have an index, glossary, suggested additional titles and websites. It would be a fine book to use in a primary-level research project!
Printable Numbers 1-10 Bee Preschool Theme
Freebies I have on the Strings, Keys, and Melodies site today:
PowerPoint Free Instant Download
You might also like the free instant download for sequencing the Mockingbird song.
Happy reading, Carolyn