52 Virtual Field Trips Classroom Ideas

  1. Answer the questions embedded within the Video.  Starting in September 2020, Hank asks some questions during the Video.  Ask students to answer those questions after reviewing the Video and research-then posting their responses on the community share page.
  2. Students create their questions for their peers to answer. 
  3. Students create a top 10 list.  Examples could include the top 10 reasons honeybees are declining.  Top 10 pollen sources for bees.  Top 10 ways bees protect the hive from attack.
  4. Sentence completion activities.  A statement is taken from the Video, and the students must fill in the blanks.  The _________ protect the hive from attack.  The bees carry Pollen on their _______.  You can tell the flowers the bees have visited by the ______ of the Pollen.
  5. What three keywords represent the content of the Video?  Students can create their lists of 10 or 5 keywords and reduce those to 3. 
  6. Mapping activity.  Each episode adds to the map of the farm.  Use google street view and other sources to investigate the farm topography.
  7. Create a jeopardy game from the content of the Video.  www.jeopardylabs.com
  8. Create a flag or design a picture representing the Video, the farm, or a honeybee visible in the Video.
  9. Create a Vocabulary and word hunt.  Create a list of words related to the topic before watching the Video.  After watching the Video, review a list of vocabulary words created by the students and research the statements’ validity and specific terms.
  10. Gear review.  What equipment or clothing is used or worn by Hank?  What is the purpose of each and possibly the history of each object?  When a hive is viewed, what is the history of that hive, and why is it used?
  11. Art.  Draw or paint a picture of a scene you watched in the Video.
  12. Music.  Find publicly available music that fits with the Video.  Splice it in.  Create music that works with the Video.  Share on the community share site.
  13. Art.  Work to create visual art inspired by the Video.
  14. Insect/flower report.  Research and then write a story based on an insect or flower from the Video.
  15. Favorite video moment.  Students identify a favorite moment or object in the Video and research it.
  16. You/tube video research.  What other youtube videos discuss similar topics as found in the Wildflower Bee Farm Video and how are they the same?
  17. History of an event viewed in the Video.  Over time how has a particular honeybee practice discussed in the Video evolved?  For example, the use of smoke with bees.  When did beekeepers start using smoke, what else do they use, and how did that develop?
  18. Create a map of the farm and pinpoint where the hives are located in real-time.
  19. Hive comparisons.  How do top bar, Langstroth, and hollowed out log hives differ?  What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
  20. Missing items.  What factors associated with the topic did Hank not discuss in the Video?  Post those on the community share site and ask Hank to take a look.
  21. A day in the life of a bee.  Students document what a Worker, Drone, or Queen bee does on a typical day. What can they take from the Video to support their schedule?
  22. Write a story about the Video.  Students use a concept from the Video and write a fictional story.
  23. Students write code to accompany the Video www.code.org
  24. Students summarize the Video’s information and write a short book with screen shots or other visuals using Google Slides or PowerPoint.
  25. Students write a report on how bees live in different countries. 
  26. Use the critical concepts and create flashcards or memory games with tools such as www.quizlet.com
  27. Design and build a hive.  Students use math and engineering skills to design a “future hive” and post their designs.
  28. Group activity.  Place students in small groups-or video zoom groups to discuss one crucial concept from the Video and teach the class that concept.
  29. What can other links of verified research help students learn the concept taught in the Video?
  30. Create crossword puzzles from critical words from the Video. 
  31. Write a Blog about the Video.
  32. Keep a summary of each week’s video field trip.
  33. Build a model of something from the Video.
  34. Draw a cartoon from an object or concept viewed in the Video.
  35. Volunteer an idea to Hank.  Have students think of ways to help Hank solve a problem or challenge shared on the Video.
  36. Do a Mite check.  Stop the Video where many bees are visible and do a quick mite check.  Provide a rate of mite infection of mites as a % or decimal fraction.
  37. Do a bee count.  How many bees are entering or leaving the hive during a typical hour?
  38. Review the daily Temperature or Humidity data for a hive.  Draw graphs, do a report or share students’ analysis on the community share page.
  39. Hive naming contest.  Ask the students to create a name for the hive presented in the Video and share it with others on the community page.
  40. What Micro Climate did students view in the Video (explained in the October 5 2020 video)?  What is their microclimate where they live?
  41. How has the macroclimate of the farm changed over time? Within the student’s communities?
  42. What are the top 10 flowers bees love for Pollen and nectar?
  43. What other natural pollinators other than bees live on the farm?
  44. How do the insects or bees in the Video survive the winter?
  45. Students research the various changes in the microclimate that threaten bees.
  46. Students research the various changes in the macroclimate that threaten bees.
  47. Hank does not feed the bees sugar syrup to the bees. What could be the reason, and what do students think of the practice?
  48. What is urban beekeeping, and what would be the advantages or disadvantages of having a hive on the school ground?
  49. What precautions does Hank take not to get stung by the bees?  What is in a bee sting, and what happens after a bee stings a mammal or other insect?
  50. How do the mites hurt the bees?  How do other mites help the bees?
  51. What evidence do you see in the Video that all of the bees in the hive are working together?
  52. During the pollen gathering season, there can be over 40,000 bees in a hive. How do students explain how all the bees seem to be working together to accomplish a goal.  In the Video, who appears to be in charge?