About This Guide

Students will use this book to study the unit An Introduction to Beekeeping.   It contains the information you need to learn during this unit. You should read the notes before each lesson so you can come prepared for class with any questions you may have about the material. You should also read the notes again after the lesson to make sure you understand the ideas and lesson content.


At the end of this unit students should:

  1. Know how to start and manage a beehive
  2. Be confident when handling bees
  3. Be able to identify the kinds of bees and types of brood in a hive
  4. Be able to identify problems in the hive and prevent, or manage these problems when they happen
  5. Understand the basics of honeybee biology
  6. Have enough information and hands-on experience at the hives to decide if he or she would like to keep bees.

Lesson Plans

Each lesson will start with a list of Objectives to help you know the things you should learn during each lesson.

Each lesson has some Interesting Facts or Thoughts.  This information will help you learn even more about bees.

A list of key words and their meanings will also be given.  Some of these words will be new to you.  You must know the meaning of these words to understand the lesson.  If you are not sure of what the words mean, ask your teacher to explain them. The key words are also in a glossary at the end of this book.

Each lesson will also have a list of Questions to Think about During the Lesson. These are to get you thinking about the material you are learning, and to help you think about the main ideas in the lesson.

The section on Notes gives you the information you should learn.  If you do not understand something in the notes, ask your teacher to explain it.   The Activities in each lesson will help you learn the information in the notes.

Raising honeybees can be fun and can help you earn money.  So read on, learn, ask questions, and have fun.

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