Life Cycle of Bees Bilingual Reading

Life cycle of bees is an essential part of life science lessons. Whether you teach this section in English, Spanish, or dual-language classes, your kids interact with different aspects of life cycles.

Of course, there are other life cycles besides the bees, like butterflies and ladybugs. However, the life cycle of bees is a vital part of understanding pollination and crops. 

Life Cycle of Bees Bilingual Activities

Unlike butterflies and ladybugs, bees are part of pollination. While pollination may be an extensive module or unit to study, teaching this topic is worthwhile. There are many elements to the life cycles and pollination.

But, you don’t have to teach all of these subtopics at one time. Some sections require knowing cycles of organisms in a curriculum. On the other hand, other curricula require knowing pollination.

Ultimately, you determine the path of the lesson that best fits your students. 

life cycle of bees


  • The free bilingual life cycle of bees ebook
  • Honeycomb template of Spanish words
  • Markers, paint, or Do-A-Dot Art Markers
  • Construction paper or card-stock paper
  • Safety scissors
  • Glue

Instructions for Life Cycle of Bees Activities:

  • Cut the honeycomb template of Spanish words. 
  • Paste the sheet onto construction paper or card-stock. 
  • Cut the key of terms and paste it to the side. 
  • Choose four colors for each term. 
  • Ask children to look for those words and color the honeycomb cell
  • Repeat for all the other words. 
  • Look for those words in the reading text and discuss. 
  • Complement the reading of pollination with the Life of the Sunflower text in English and Spanish
  • Watch the video for the bilingual read-aloud and more fun ideas. 

Learning Spanish Terms with Bees

Using the informational text of the life cycle of bees and the honeycomb activity, you enhance different language skills. For instance, using the simple words that your students read from the text adds vocabulary.

Aside from reading and acquiring vocabulary, your students can learn about bees and the importance of pollination. 

Pollination of Sunflowers

Bees go from flower to flower to pollinate. As they pollinate, bees gather nectar, and pollen attaches to them. Bees prefer to visit sunflowers to gather nectar. As they fly from sunflower to sunflower, they carry that pollen.

As a result, pollination occurs. Once bees return to the hive, they use the nectar for several tasks. The worker bees mix the nectar with enzymes to make royal jelly.

Then, the worker bees feed this royal jelly to the larva in the honeycomb cells. Honeybees also make honey to sustain them over the winter. After that, the larva grows into a pupa.

Eventually, the pupa emerges as an adult bee. Consequently, the life cycle of bees continues. 

In conclusion, the life cycle of bees is a unique natural event that can teach children about nature. From learning about the cycle of bees to pollination, your students engage with more than reading. They also learn about Spanish vocabulary, cutting and pasting, and word identification.

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

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