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Build a Bee Hotel

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  • This video teaches students how to construct a bee hotel for Mason Bees. 
  • Students will learn the steps they need to take, the materials they will need, and how bee hotels can positively impact the environment. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video is short and to the point. A high school student explains and demonstrates how to do the project.
  • The activity is easy to complete and will provide students with a tangible product they can use to help Mason Bees. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • To construct a bee hotel, students will need a container (e.g., box, jar, can, mug), tube-shaped objects (e.g., bamboo shoots, rolled magazine pages, wide straws), and twine or string. 
  • Teachers may want to provide students with art supplies to decorate their bee hotels. 
  • For printable directions, click the link below the video. 


  • Math classes could calculate the area and volume of their bee motels.
  • Social studies classes could use this project in a unit about supporting the local community.
  • Elementary language arts classes could watch this animated video of a wordless book on bees and then complete this project as a follow-up activity.
  • This activity would be an excellent station during a station rotation. Students could work on other bee-related work, read nonfiction texts on bees, and complete other activities at the other stations. 
  • This activity could be used as a culminating project after studying bees. 
  • Other related resources include this video about the importance of biodiversity, this activity that focuses on building a pollinator garden, and this article about plants and animals that are especially confused by climate change. 
Scientist Notes
This resource demonstrates practical steps for how to build a bee hotel using household items. This is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
      • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-2. Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
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