MAKE A BEE FRIENDLY MAP – Space, Colour, Contrast

Students research pollinators and then use coloured pencils and fine line markers to create a map of a bee friendly outdoor area.

Required Time

180 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 6 to Grade 8


Language Arts
Social Studies
Visual Arts


colour compass rose neatlines pollinator space


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MAKE A BEE FRIENDLY MAP – Space, Colour, Contrast - Step One

Step One

  1. Follow steps 1 - 6 on the planning guide. (Downloads - MapGarden.pdf)
  2. Once you have shared your map with a partner decide on any revisions you want to make.
MAKE A BEE FRIENDLY MAP – Space, Colour, Contrast - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Use the smaller grid for your good copy.
  2. Check to make sure you have included all 6 required components.
    - Key
    - Pathways
    - Places
    - Compass Rose
    - Neatlines
    - Scale
  3. Colour your map with coloured pencils.
  4. Label your map with fine line marker.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  • identify characteristics of a bee friendly garden;
  • design a bee friendly outdoor area 7 m x 10 m;
  • create an artful map of their design that contains the following components:
    - Key
    - Pathways
    - Places
    - Compass rose
    - Neatlines
    - Scale
  • explain the benefits of their bee friendly design;
  • demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.


Have students:

  • use the Designing a Brochure lesson plan available on this website to create a brochure that informs and advocates for pollinators;
  • share their work with others.


  1. Review or teach the parts of a map, in particular neatlines, compass rose, legend/key.
  2. Download map images from the Internet, for example,
    Herb Garden
    Garden 2
  3. Gather and make available books about maps, for example, Maps, by Aleksandra Mizielinska; My Map Book, by Sara Fanelli; The Complete Book of Maps and Geography, Grades 3 - 6, by American Education Publishing; City Maps: A coloring book for adults, by Gretchen N. Peterson; 100 Plants to Feed the Bees: Provide a Healthy Habitat to Help Pollinators Thrive, by The Xerces Society; What's the Buzz?: Keeping Bees in Flight, by Merrie-Ellen Wilcox; Know Your Pollinators (Old Pond Books) 40 Common Pollinating Insects including Bees, Wasps, Flower Flies, Butterflies, Moths, & Beetles, with Appearance, Behavior, & How to Attract Them to Your Garden, by Tim Harris; Pollinators: Animals Helping Plants Thrive, by Martha London; and The Clover & the Bee; A Book of Pollination, by Anne Ophelia Dowden.
  4. Provide time for students to research the importance of pollinators.
  5. Download and copy the Artful Map worksheets - 1 per student. (Downloads - ArtfulMap.pdf)


  1. View and discuss the images of maps.
    - Identify parts of the maps such as neatlines, cardinal directions/compass rose, pathways, scale.
    - Interpret information and the variety of ways cartographers have added details, pictures and colour to their maps.
  2. Conduct a think-aloud to demonstrate how to landscape a bee friendly 7 m x 10 m outdoor area on a grid ruled chart paper.
  3. Introduce the challenge. 


The Challenge

  1. Identify characteristics of a bee friendly garden.
  2. Design a bee friendly outdoor area 7 m x 10 m.
  3. Create an artful map of your design that contains the following components:
    - Key
    - Pathways
    - Places
    - Compass Rose
    - Neatlines
    - Scale
  4. Explain the benefits of your bee friendly design.
  5. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.

The Process

  1. Ensure that everyone understands the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    I know I am successful when I have:
    - created a map that accurately shows a bee friendly outdoor area
    - labelled pathways and places

    included a compass rose
    - included neatlines
    - included the scale
    - included a key or legend
    ​- coloured the map

    - kept the paper in good condition
    - explained the benefits of my design
  3. Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
  4. Observe students as they work.
  5. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.


  1. Once the maps are complete ask students to share them in small groups.
    Ask them to:
    - Look closely to determine whether the map meets the requirements of the task.
    - Share thoughts and opinions about what works and what can be improved.
    - Talk about how detail and colour contribute to the overall effectiveness of the map.
    - Discuss the merits of each design as if they are the client trying to decide which one to use.
  2. Ask some students to share their ideas with the whole class.
  3. Display the images in and around the classroom so students can view them as a body of work throughout the next few weeks.


  1. Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting.
  2. Observe students as they discuss their maps – speaks with a clear voice, looks at audience while speaking, points to areas in the map, provides accurate information, answers questions from the audience effectively.
  3. Observe students as they listen – looks at presenter, asks effective questions, supports ideas with evidence found in the map.
  4. Use a checklist to track progress. (Downloads – GardenMap_tracking.pdf)
  5. Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Downloads – GardenMap_self-assessment.pdf)