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Bee Life Cycle Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has an Masters of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Education

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the life cycle of a bee. A video lesson explains the stages as students complete active learning experiences to make learning stick. Test understanding with a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the life cycle of a bee
  • describe each stage in a bee's life cycle
  • use content-specific vocabulary about life cycles and bees appropriately


1 hour


  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Glue
  • Packing peanuts
  • Scissors
  • Role cards of one queen, drones, workers, larva, egg, pupa and adult bees

Key Vocabulary

  • Queen bee
  • Drones
  • Royal jelly
  • Pupate
  • Worker bee

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3

Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

Warm Up and Preparation

  • Title chart paper 'Life Cycle of a Bee' and ask students to talk with a partner to answer the question 'What does it mean to be 'as busy as a bee'?'
  • Allow students to share their answers with the whole class.
  • Now have students draw a role card randomly and tell them they'll be learning about the life cycles of bees.


  • Start the lesson video Life Cycle of a Bee: Lesson for Kids and pause at 1:09.
  • List 'Queen,' 'Worker' and 'Drone' on your chart paper and work with students to write what you learned about each bee.
  • Resume the video and pause at 3:20.
  • Add more information about the types of bees, then create a section titled 'Stages' and draw a model of the life cycle stages of a bee.
  • Now have all students stand up and prepare to demonstrate the life cycle of bees. Discuss and review each stage of the life cycle, then work with students to show together.
  • Check understanding by having students talk to a partner, telling the stages of the life cycle of a bee. Listen in to conversations to guide when necessary.
  • Play the remainder of the lesson video and take the quiz together to check comprehension.

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