What's All the Buzz About?

K, 1, 2

The students respond to a picture book and apply the principles of believing in oneself and being kind to others to their own lives.

PrintOne Thirty-Minute Class Period

The learner will:

  • identify examples of talk that hurts other people.
  • illustrate Buzzy the Bumblebee’s feelings at various points in the story.
  • sing the "Buzzy the Bumblebee" song.
  • construct a Buzzy headband using a pattern.
  • read-aloud or YouTube copy of Buzzy the Bumblebee by Denise Brennan-Nelson (see Bibliographical References)
  • Teacher copy of "Buzzy the Bumblebee" song (Handout)
  • Copies of Headband on tagboard
  • Pipe cleaners (preferably black, two per student)
  • Tape or stapler
  • Scissors
Home Connection 

At home, the students tell their families about Buzzy and talk about how his family supported him. As a family, come up with one thing you can do to help a family member believe in him/herself.

The student may practice the "Buzzy the Bumblebee" song at home.


Brennan-Nelson, Denise. Buzzy the Bumblebee. Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear Press, 2003. ISBN: 1886947821


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Begin the lesson by asking learners if they have ever heard people saying unkind things about other children. Give an example by putting on bee antennae and holding the following pretend conversation:

    "Bzzzzzz… (Name) is way too little to play on the soccer team!"

    "Bzzzzzz… There’s no way he/she could do it!"

    Explain that this type of conversation is called "Buzz talk." Buzz talk usually includes hurtful words about someone else. Ask students to think, pair and share about how these words can hurt someone. They should think of a time when they felt hurt by another person’s words or heard someone using buzz talk.

  2. Introduce and read the book Buzzy the Bumblebee by Denise Brennan-Nelson (read aloud or YouTube version).

  3. Discuss how Buzzy felt and acted when he read that he couldn’t fly. Ask, "Do you ever believe things you hear even if it goes against what you know?"

  4. Ask students what happened to make Buzzy’s belief about himself change. Discuss the change in Buzzy’s attitude and how his family helped him. 

  5. Say, "Can we help others who are hurt by buzz talk?" Discuss why they should choose to make things better for all. Challenge the students to propose what they can do about buzz talk. Role-play some of their ideas to help them practice.

  6. Introduce and sing the song "Buzzy the Bumblebee" to the tune of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" (Handout).

  7. Students may make their own Buzzy antennae. They cut out two or three copies and color the headband (see handout) in an alternating yellow and black pattern. Staple or tape the pieces together so it is long enough to fit the student’s head. Then, attach two black pipe cleaners to the front of the headband and curl the ends.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.1 Define philanthropy as the giving and sharing of time, talent, or treasure intended for the common good.
    2. Standard DP 06. Role of Family in Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.2 Identify examples of families supporting giving and sharing.