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When Mary Ellen gets bored with her reading, Grandpa knows a hunt for a bee tree is just what she needs. Half the town joins the exciting chase, but it’s not until everyone returns home that Mary Ellen makes a discovery of her own: Sometimes, even the sweetest of things must be worked for.

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Join Mary Ellen and Grandpa for an exciting chase and discover the importance of hard work. Our The Bee Tree printables will compliment your readings of this wonderful story by Patricia Polacco.

The Bee Tree Printable Activities

The Bee Tree printable pack includes these activities:

Science: Life Cycle of the Bee Flap Book
Discuss the life cycle of the bee with your student. Your student should then put the correct images under the flaps of the flap book. Images include: egg, larva, pupa, and adult.

If your student is interested in learning more about bees, try our Honeybee Lapbook.

Language Arts: Onomatopoeia
The Bee Tree includes examples of onomatopoeia. Onomatopoetic words are words that imitate real sounds: creak, achoo, bang, beep, fizz, hiss, pop, sizzle, etc.

Can your student determine which words in this story are examples of onomatopoeia? What sound does the bike make? What other sound words help bring the story to life? Ask your student to use onomatopoetic words to describe each object pictured on the flap book.

Language Arts: Copywork
Complete the copywork passage from The Bee Tree.

Bible: Honey Bear Pull-tab Book
Discuss the verse. What does it mean? How does it relate to the story?

Math: The Bee Tree Story Problems
Complete the story problems. They are all based on the story, The Bee Tree.

Math: Hexagons
Bee hives are constructed from hexagons, a shape with six sides. Complete the hexagon mini-book.

Math: Using Shapes to Make Hexagons
Use the pattern block printables to make several hexagons.

Social Studies: Michigan
The story is set in Michigan. Research and complete the Michigan notebook page and the Michigan map mini-book.

How to Get Started with Your The Bee Tree Printables

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the The Bee Tree printables.

  1. Buy or borrow The Bee Tree.
  2. Choose and prepare the printables you want to use with your student.
  3. Enjoy a week of reading and learning with The Bee Tree.

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