How Many Bees? Mobile

Lesson #10016
10016

Hang bees from a hive to build number sense.
Can use either AllStar or SureCut Dies.



Guide students as they develop an association with a number and the amount of objects represented by that number. Introduce advanced students to simple addition and subtraction by adding or removing the number of bees to determine the sum or difference. Challenged students can review counting skills and number recognition.

Given bees and a hive, differentiate instruction by teaching everything from number recognition to basic concepts of addition and subtraction.

11151-1.25IN-Ellison SureCut Die Set - Block Alphabet, Capital Letters - 1 1/4 Inch 12222-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Beehive - Large 12224-TY-Ellison SureCut Die - Bees, Tiny - Tiny 16292-1.25IN-Ellison SureCut Die Set - Block Alphabet, Number Set - 1 1/4 Inch A10083-Sizzix Bigz Alphabet Set 9 Dies - Block 1 1/2" Capital Letters & Numbers A10739-Sizzix Bigz Die - Bee, Dragonfly & Ladybug A10740-Ellison AllStar Die - Beehive

Note: This lesson can be created using either Ellison AllStar or SureCut Dies.

Supplies Used: Cardstock, Colored Markers, Paper Clips, White Crayon, Yarn

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Die-cut the AllStar or SureCut Beehive from brown construction paper and cardstock.
  2. Adhere the brown construction paper to the cardstock for a sturdy Beehive. Accent the Beehive with a brown marker (Figure A).
  3. Die-cut the number 3 using the Block Numbers and adhere to the Beehive.
  4. Punch three holes at the bottom of the Beehive. Hang paper clips from the punched holes in the Beehive (Figure B).
  5. Die-cut the Bees from multiple pieces of yellow, black and white cardstock or construction paper. Use the Bee from the AllStar Bee, Dragonfly & Ladybug or the SureCut Bees, Tiny.
  6. Leave the yellow Bee whole. Layer parts of the black and white Bees onto the yellow Bee and adhere (Figure C).
  7. Use a white crayon to add detail to the eye and legs. Attach another yellow Bee behind the layered Bee to make the Bee more sturdy. Punch a hole at the top of the Bee wing (Figure D).
  8. Cut three pieces of white yarn, thread or string. Tie one end of a piece of yarn to a paperclip and the other end to the a punched hole in the Bee's wing (Figure E).
  9. Repeat step 8 for the remaining two pieces of white yarn (see Main Photo).


  • Figure A

  • Figure B

  • Figure C

  • Figure D

  • Figure E

Math: Number Sense and Operations

Pre-K-5: Instructional programs from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 should enable all students to understand numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers and number systems.

  • In Pre-Kindergarten through grade 2, all students should count with understanding and recognize &"how many"; in sets of objects.
  • In Pre-Kindergarten through grade 2, all students should connect number words and numerals to the quantities they represent, using various physical models and representations.

Standards are listed with permission from Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, copyright 2000 by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). NCTM does not endorse the content or validity of these alignments.

Source:Principles and Standards for School Mathematics

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