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• Provide bee-related nonfiction books that show close-up pic-
tures of honeybees at work. Be sure to include books that show
insect body parts (head, thorax, and abdomen). Fiction books
that feature the behavior of busy bees, and more important,
cooperatively working together, will be enjoyable for the chil-
dren as well. Some books you can feature include Honey Bees by
Martha E. H. Rustad and The Magic School Bus: Inside a Beehive by
• Provide sentence strips that include honeybee. Create three pre-
dictable sentences for writing:
1. A honeybee gives us honey.
2. A honeybee gives us beeswax.
3. A honeybee gives us comb honey.
Children will be able to view and copy these strips in the writ-
ing center. To encourage early word recognition and one-to-one
reading correspondence, use a colored marker to write honeybee.
Including pictures for children with emergent reading skills will
help them greatly. Allow the children to write and create at this
• Revisit the Summer’s Insect theme. Turn your dramatic play
center into a summertime nature center. As before, bring out a
tree or plant and some real flowers to place around your center,
making the greenery as lush and abundant as possible to get the
full summer effect. If these items are not readily available, use
silk flowers and an artificial tree, or homemade flowers and a
cardboard painted tree.
Again, hang the insect necklaces that you used from your
Summer’s Insects theme, making sure to include an equal num-
ber of flying insects and crawling insects. If you haven’t already,
be sure to include honeybees and ants, since we will revisit this
play area with our upcoming Picnic Ants theme (pages 223–24).
To enhance children’s classification and identification skills,
write the sentence “I am a honeybee” or “I am an ant” below the
original sentences “I am a flyer” or “I am a crawler.” Children
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