What If There Were No Bees?

A Book About the Grassland Ecosystem

Discussion Questions

  • Why are pollinators like bees, hummingbirds, butterflies and bats attracted to flowers?
  • Follow the colored arrows on pages 4 & 5. What happens to our ecosystem if we remove any one of the species pictured (i.e. the spider)? What happens when we increase the number of any one of the species pictured (i.e. the snake)?
  • Where does all of the energy in our ecosystem originate?
  • If there aren't enough pollinators to fertilize plants, what will happen to our fruit plants? What then happens if there are no fruit plants?
  • What do the black images represent on pages 10, 12, 14, 17?

Themes: Ecosystems, Food Chains, Food Webs, Pollination, Interdependence

Book Background Info

Grassland ecosystems can be found on nearly every continent. Countless animals and plants live in them. So what difference could the loss of one animal species make? Follow the chain reaction, and discover how important honey bees are.

About Me: Nicole Tomaselli

Environmental Science Teacher

Hollis Primary School

Hollis, NH