This fascinating documentary explores the perfectly constructed, architecturally complex structure that has remained virtually unchanged for all of known time, the beehive. With the help of a high definition camera, viewers get up-close and personal with these industrious insects. Dr. Mark Winston of Simon Fraser University is attempting to solve the mystery of bee communication and behaviour by studying the effects of the Queen’s pheromones on other bees in the hive. Since bees pollinate approximately 1/3 of all human food supplies and nearly 80% of the world’s plants, their rapidly declining populations are of great concern. As well, an artist tries to demystify the secrets of bees and their honeycomb by using these tiny creatures to create natural works of art. Show this resource and your class is sure to be a-buzz for weeks!
Production year(s) : 2006
Duration : 43 min
Show : The Nature of Things
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Sustainable Ecosystems & Biodiversity Teacher Resource Guide
This 30-page teacher resource guide supports the documentaries To Bee or Not to Bee and Beetalker: The Secret World of Bees. Developed for Grade 9 and 10 General Science students and their teachers, the guide addresses the themes of Global Citizenship and Environmental Stewardship through viewing activies, student handouts, curriculum outcomes and additional resources exploring the global crisis of disappearing honey bees.
Researched and written by educator Clare Toguri, this Teacher Resource Guide was produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in association with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto.