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Table 1 Description of Bee Unit Activities and Learning Goals

From: Instructional improv to analyze inquiry-based science teaching: Zed’s dead and the missing flower

Activity Learning Goals
Giant Flower: Students collect nectar from a single large flower visible from the beginning of the activity. · Introduction to the difference between nectar and pollen
· Introduction to the goal of bees (i.e., to collect nectar and bring it back to the hive)
Bee Foraging Play: Students as bees find hidden flowers and collect nectar to bring back to the hive. · Bees need to forage from multiple flower patches
· Different patches have different quality nectar
· Different patches are different distances and directions from the hive
Waggle Dance Play: The students invent their own waggle dance to tell each other where flowers are. Next the students watch the computer-controlled bees do the waggle dance to tell them where hidden flower patches are. · Bees must communicate the direction, distance, and quality of flower patches to their fellow bees
· Bees need to organize themselves to send more bees to better flower patches
· Not every bee should go to the same flower patch to avoid potential disaster
Pollination Play: Some students pretend to be flowers and others pretend to be bees. Flowers that are not visited multiple times by bees carrying the right type of pollen die. · Bees pick up pollen by accident and distribute it to other flowers as they forage for more nectar
· Flowers depend on pollination to produce offspring