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The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco

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Book Summary Novel Activities Vocabulary Words Writing Activities Discussion Topics Online Test

 

 

 

Book Summary

 

Mary Ellen gets tired of reading, so her grandpa takes her outside to search for a bee tree. The pair started chasing a bee, and are soon joined by many, many others. After they finally find the bee tree, they celebrate with some biscuits, honey, and tea. Mary Ellen learns a valuable lesson about accomplishment and working hard. Her grandfather helps her realize that like all things in life, reading can reap many rewards, such as adventure, knowledge, and wisdom, but you must work hard to earn those rewards.

 

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Novel Activities

 

1. Find out how bees make honey.

2. Find out what to do if you are stung by a bee.

3. Think of something fun you would like to do with your grandparent.

 

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Vocabulary Words

 

pollen carriage commotion stampede
hollow honeycomb raucous wisdom

 

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Writing Activities

 

Sensory/Descriptive: Use your senses to describe honey. Write a detailed description explaining how honey tastes, smells, feels, and looks.

 

Imaginative/Narrative: Write about a special time you had with a parent or grandparent. Include details about what makes this a special memory for you.

 

Analytical/Persuasive: Convince someone to take you on a bee chase. Include at least three convincing reasons why it would be a good idea to go on the bee chase.

 

Practical/Informative: Go to the library or search on the Internet for information about bees. Write at least five facts that you learn about bees to share with your classmates.

 

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Discussion/Journal Topics

 

Would you want to chase bees? Why or why not?

Have you ever been stung by a bee?

 

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Online Test

 

Your students can take an online test with immediate results at:

The Bee Tree Online Test

 

The Professional Development Institute has a complete literature unit for this novel. For more information, click the link below.

The Bee Tree Literature Unit (Check out the sample pages!)

 

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