Module 1: Darwin's Bees

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Produced by the Charles Darwin Trust, these resources allow students to consider some of Darwin's studies on bees and other social insects. Through this context, students are able to develop their skills of scientific enquiry, observation, data analysis and communication.

The activities allow students to:
* Consolidate an understanding of the life history, body plan and classification of the honeybee as an example of an animal, arthropod and insect.
* Watch honeybees to gather evidence about their behaviour.
* Follow Darwin’s reasoning, collecting evidence and building an argument for the hexagonal cells being the result of instinctive bee behaviour as they act together.
* Consider the threats to and benefits from bees in the environment.

Also included in these materials are images of bees and other insect pollinators.

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