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Preschool Math – Honeybee Graphing Activity

Many of the fruits and vegetables we eat depend on honeybees for pollination. This preschool math activity is fun while teaching children about the importance of the honeybee within our ecosystem. The kiwi, watermelon, cantaloupe, apple, almond and blueberries are examples of plants whose survival depends essentially on the honeybee. Hope you have fun with this activity, learn a little about life sciences and math, too!

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Purpose of this Preschool Math Graphing Activity

Students will be introduced to probability with die and will graph their results after each roll. The child, through graphing, will match the numbers 1-6 to foods vital to honeybee pollination. Organization and order will be practiced while recording their results on the graph. This exercise is a fun way for the child to learn about the honeybee. This activity is appropriate for 4 year old and up.

Prerequisites for this Preschool Math Graphing Activity

Materials for this Preschool Math Graphing Activity

Presentation 

  1. Ask the child: “Would you like to play a game today?”
  2. Carry a tray with the die and the laminated graph to a work rug.
  3. Honeybees are important to our world. They help us grow our food. Without honeybees many foods would no longer exist. These foods on this graph are an example. Honeybees are essential to these foods. Can you name these foods? Kiwi. Watermelon. Cantaloupe. Apple. Almond. Blueberries.
  4. “This is a die. It has six sides. Each side has a number of dots. The numbers at the bottom of the graph under the food correspond to the dots on the sides of the die.”
  5. Demonstrate by rolling the die. For example, if you roll a “2”, look to your graph. “What food is above the number 2? That’s right, it is a watermelon. So, we’ll place a honeybee in this cell above the watermelon. How many times would you like to roll the die? Ten? Excellent. Each time we roll the die, we’ll match the number to the image of the food and place a honeybee in the column. When we’re finished rolling the die, we can count the number of honeybees in each column to see which food was rolled the most often. Are you read to play?”

 Control of Error

  1. Teacher
  2. Correspondence of images and numbers.

Points of Interest

  1. Honeybees
  2. Food
  3. Rolling the die
  4. Counting the mini honeybees

Aims

  1. Organization
  2. Order
  3. Scanning
  4. Graphing
  5. Language

Language to Emphasize

  • pollination
  • graphing
  • correspond
  • probability

Variations

  1. Use stamps (we have this adorable Rubber Honeybee Stamp))
  2. Use a die with images on the six sides
  3. Use a 12 sided die
  4. Glue images
  5. Find other images related to honeybees
  6. Work with a Partner

Have fun!
Marnie

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