CEDAR KNOLLS, NJ - Elementary school students at the Allegro School were excited to have a visit from Cynthia Winslow, Curator of Education and Community Engagement at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Morristown. The visit coincided with students learning about honey bees, social insects that live in colonies very similar to people and communities.
Lesson objectives included learning about honey bees and their unique role in the colony. Students observed a honeycomb and its hexagonal prismatic cells made of beeswax as well as having an opportunity to don the gear of a beekeeper.
In preparation for the visit, the students studied the life cycle of the bee and were able to identify the various body parts. Activities included reading informational text, matching pictures onto a template, labeling, coloring, and vocal identification. Students also learned how bees pollinate and cross pollinate flowers making honey for their family using their wings to help maintain the temperature of the hive.
The students followed up their lesson here at Allegro with a field trip to the gardens at Macculloch Hall where they learned about gardening and participated in various activities. Each student planted garlic bulbs and a flowering bulb which they were able to bring home to their families. They also learned that the first recorded tomato grown in New Jersey was on the property at Macculloch Hall.
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