Second Grade Honey Bee Bulletin Board Ideas

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Second Grade Honey Bee Bulletin Board Ideas
Honey bees can be used to motivate and teach second-grade students (honey bee working image by Stas from Fotolia.com)

The honey bee is a flying insect that lives in hives and produces the honey used on bread, cereal and numerous other products. Honey bee notice boards can be used as students study the bee, to motivate students, or just as an inviting area that draws the attention of the students.

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About the Honey Bee

Create a honey bee hive out of grey and brown construction paper or from a sheet of poster board and attach to the notice board. Have the students colour and cut out appropriately-sized honey bees. Add them around the hive. From a textbook, encyclopedia or online downloads, cut or print out pictures of the different stages of the honey bee. Down one side of the notice board add the honey bee pictures. Using the notice board honey bee display, talk to the students about honey bees, how they live, how they produce honey, etc.

Read books such as "The Life and Times of the Honeybee" by Charles Micucci; "Honey in a Hive" (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) by Anne Rockwell and "Are You a Bee" by Judy Allen. Have the students write a paragraph about honey bees and decorate the paper with a picture. Add these papers around the honey bee notice board.

Honey Bee Spring

Herald the coming of spring with a notice board of flowers and honey bees. Back the notice board with green for the ground and blue for the sky. Give the students flowers to colour and cut out. Let them be creative with ribbon stems and glitter. They can use buttons for the centre of the flower. Let them use their imagination to give colour and texture, besides crayons and markers, to their flowers. Arrange the flowers on the notice board. Read a book about honey bees to the students. Have them colour and cut out honey bees. Add them to the notice board as buzzing around the flowers for a honey bee spring notice board.

Honey Bee Motivation

You can use honey bees to motivate students to learn. Have students colour and cut out open flowers to put around the notice board frame. Create a large honey bee hive for the notice board. Each section of the hive becomes a level to achieve. Add points, numbers, dates, percentage or whatever measurement you wish to use to motivate the students. Give each student a honey bee to cut out and colour. Make sure names are added prominently to each honey bee to keep track of what bee belongs to which student. Line up the honey bees along the bottom of the notice board.

If the honey bees will be used to motivate better spelling scores, head the board with the banner, "Spell Your Way to the Top of the Hive." If the honey bee theme will be used to reward good math scores, title the notice board, "Honey Bees 'Figure' the Way Up the Hive." When students do well on their papers or tests, let them move their honey bees up the hive. Provide treats for those who reach the top of the hive.

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