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What's the Buzz?: Keeping Bees in Flight

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Author/Publisher/Website: Wilcox, M-E.
Copyright: 2015
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Aug/2019
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Primary Identifier: 9781459809604
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: K-7
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Resource Description

This Canadian resource provides extensive scientific information about bees, bee keeping, the bee life cycle, bee ecology, and bee biology, in an easy-to-read format suitable for elementary students. Engaging and educational pictures and photos allow students to connect with the topic and encourage them to learn more about bees. Concepts are clearly explained and the photos, glossary, and supporting additional resources provide multiple strategies for learning. This engaging, award-winning resource could be used as an additional research resource, as a read-aloud, or for an individual silent reading resource in a K-7 classroom library.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Extensively
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Communication
Creative Thinking
Critical thinking
Comments:
This book works with the Big Ideas of the BC Science Curriculum Gr. K-7. K:plants/animals have observable features, daily/seasonal changes affect living things. 1-2:living things have features/behaviours & life cycles that are adaptable & help with their environment. 3:living things are diverse, can be grouped & interact in their ecosystems. 4:living things sense & respond to their environment. 5:multicellular organisms have organ systems that enable them to survive/interact within their environment. 6:multicellular organisms rely on internal systems to survive, reproduce & interact with their environment. 7:evolution by natural selection provides an explanation for diversity & survival.

SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Do the social considerations support, rather than detract from, student learning?
Extensively

GENERAL CONTENT

Content
Should this product be identified as Canadian?
Yes
Is the resource engaging?
Extensively
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
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Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
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Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Extensively
Audience:
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Extensively
Can the content be differentiated?
Moderately
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Extensively
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Comments:
The engaging pictures and information fit with the Big Ideas of the BC Science Curriculum for grades K-7. The factual information is supported by photos with children in them that students may identify with, enabling them to better connect to what is being read. Though the reading level and content cannot be differentiated or adjusted, the book could be used as a read-aloud with many of the pictures and details, such as the glossary, side note and 'bee facts', highlighting what is being read. English Language Learners and students requiring support could benefit from these additional informational components.

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Extensively
Is the location of illustrations appropriate?
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Is the resource easy to use?
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Is the use of font, text size and presentation uniform?
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Are extraneous elements/illustrations kept to a minimum?
Extensively
Comments:
The book makes full use of the pages with engaging pictures and informative factual information. The white space is at a minimum with the illustrations appropriate and connected to the information. The font size is consistent throughout and the presentation uniform. The book is an engaging and easy to follow resource.

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

Are the concepts clearly explained?
Extensively
Does the resource provide multiple strategies to help learners construct meaning?
Extensively
Comments:
Though this resource contains factual and informative information and could be used as an additional resource within the classroom, it is not written as an instructional book. The written component combined with the photos, glossary, and supporting available resources adequately provide multiple strategies to help students learn more about bees.

PRINT CLASSROOM

Does the reference cover topics with sufficient depth for the intended audience?
Extensively
Do the external links contribute to the learning experience
Extensively
Does the resource broaden students’ experiences and understandings?
Extensively
Does the resource make effective use of visual elements?
Extensively
Are the images compelling?
Extensively
Descriptors:
Student research tools
Primary reference material
Comments:
This resource provides extensive scientific data in an easy-to-read format intended for elementary-aged children though still informative and engaging for an older audience. The detailed images aid in allowing the reader to engage with the information provided and the personal photos allow learners to connect with and want to learn more about helping the bees as much as the author. The links for further learning are provided on resources page with both books and websites listed.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
At intended grade level(s)
Comments:
The book is issued in print and electronic format. It includes a list of resources and websites for further information and extension, a glossary and index with bold page numbers indicating images on the page. Awards and mentions include: 2015-Ontario Library Association's Best Bets, Lane Anderson Award finalist, 2016-Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens, Green Earth Book Award shortlist, Animal Behaviour Society Outstanding Children's Book Award Finalist, 2016/2017 Red Cedar Book Awards nominee.

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
This book could be used in the classroom as an additional research resource when learning and writing about bees, life cycles, adaptations, and survival in one's environment. The engaging and educational pictures could be of benefit for younger audiences when used as a read-aloud. Students may also enjoy this book as a silent non-fiction reading resource within a classroom library.
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