Our first-graders learned about the importance of bees. 84% of the crops grown for human consumption need bees and other insects to pollinate them to increase their yields and quality.
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After Hurricane Maria, about 80-90% percent of Puerto Rico’s trees lost their leaves. It will take years before the vegetation grows back, and a few more before flowers bloom or fruit ripens again. With no food, Puerto Rico’s bees are frantically searching for enough food to survive. If the bee population suffers, agriculture and food production suffer. Farmers will have trouble growing key crops that require pollination, like pineapples and even coffee.
Elementary school teachers made sure that young students understand the need to protect and preserve bees – bees are to be taken care of and never killed. Students had lots of fun while learning about pollination using a hands-on, experiential activity that perfectly captured the process using Cheetos and buzzing around the classroom.
Click on the image to take a look at their orange fingers and see for yourself!