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Ants versus humans
You would think that humans make up more mass than ants do on this planet, but think again, and this time by performing calculations. Middle schoolers use scientific notation to compute and compare the estimated total mass of all humans and the total mass of all ants. This simple activity is thoroughly explained for the teacher and also accomplishes Common Core standards. Consider crafting a worksheet or projector image to enhance interest in the activity.
Students create pages of a classroom book on the different structures that ants build. They view and discuss a video on ants then, in small groups, research a type of ant shelter. They relate the shelter to the environment in which the ant must survive.
The Ants Go Marching
Integrate art, math, life science, music, and fun in this beginning addition and subtraction activity. Children kinesthetically represent adding and subtracting numbers to 10; they stand up one at a time as you count forward and sit down as you count backward. After you read the book and sing "The Ants Go Marching," children create ant puppets by gluing 3 black circles onto each of 10 popsicle sticks to mimic the body structure of real ants. They use the ants to count and act out the story.
Ant and Elephant
Have you ever wondered how many ants make up an elephant? Inquisitive minds will be amazed as they use scientific notation to compute and compare the mass of an elephant to an ant. Have participants make guesses and see how close they get. The commentary is complete with the steps for unit conversion. The final step is to put all those ants into a line and determine its length.
Third graders study the habits and habitats of ants. They research the use of technology as a valuable investigation tool and access other web sites for future research projects. The students make successful decisions while playing SimAnt.
Students research and examine ants. In this ants lesson, students research types and parts of ants. Students create a vocabulary list of ant words and write about their research. Students read The 512 Ants on Sullivan Street and complete math activities.
The Ant and The Turntable-Frames of Reference
In this frames of reference worksheet, students solve 5 problems given the details of a journey an ant takes from the center of a CD ROM to its edge. Students draw a scaled sketch of the turntable showing the motion of the ant from different perspectives, they identify the equation for the radial motion of the ant and they evaluate the arc length integral formula to determine the ant's arc length. They also solve an inquiry problem about the ant's path of travel.
New! Active Ants
Investigate the interesting world of insects this with fun activity. Using old soda bottles and some sand, help young learners build their very own ant farms, allowing them to observe the intricate system of tunnels ants build. Consider extending this activity to involve a closer look at insects and the things they need to survive, or search your school's library for ant-related children's books and make an interdisciplinary connection between science and language arts.
Ants In Motion
Students brainstorm ants and their characteristics in a class discussion. They observe the ants and answer question pertaining to their behavior; then they apply the scientific method in creating and investigating a problem.
Students develop an ant colony that adults and children can visit. Students create different areas including places where tourists can view live ants, play ant games, research facts about ants, and create ant art. Students serve as guides for the tourist groups.
The Amazing Ant
Students explain that ants are an important element of nature's balance. Ants eat many insects and are food to other animals. They watch a video and conduct hands-on activities that give them an excellent overview of the ants role in nature.
Students make sequential patterns by using ants and following the model. They identify different parts of an ant by matching the picture to the word name. Pupils identify the ant's life cycle by creating a chart using pictures.
Students name the three parts that comprise an insect body. In this ant lesson, students make connections regarding the curiosity of insects as it touches upon the students' personal perspectives. Students then observe ants in class and build vocabulary while applying the scientific method to making predictions.
Take an Ant to Lunch
Second graders construct a model of an ant, exemplifying that ants are insects. Students gather data create a pictograph chart to show ant food preferences. Also, 2nd graders access the Internet to explore ant eating habits.
Ants in the Wild
Students investigate ants in the wild. For this insect lesson, students observe ant colonies and conduct experiments, such as putting food in the ants' path. Students record their observations.
100 Hungry Ants
Second graders listen as the teacher reads the story, "100 Hungry Ants." They discuss the book, and using blocks, 2nd graders arrange them in a line (as the ants were in the book). Students rearrange the blocks to show various groupings of 100 ants. They discuss that there are STILL 100 ants. Students transfer this into math sentences. Students write their own version of the story with a group. The groups read their story to the class.
When Ants Fly
Here is a great instructional activity on constructing line graphs. Learners identify common characteristics of birds, ants common needs of all living things. They also write a story from the perspective of an ant or a bird that has lost its home and publish the stories on the web.
Are You an Ant?
Students investigate different insects in their backyard. In this insect lesson plan, students read the book Are You and Ant? and apply the reading to their backyards. Students create a list of animals that begin with the the letter A an make a alphabet scrapbook. Students discuss the life cycle of a butterfly.
Shared Dictation: The Ant and the Dove
In this shared dictation activity, students, working in a pair, fill in the blanks in "The Ant and the Dove" as the teacher reads the fable to them. They look up the indicated vocabulary and answer 3 questions, including identifying the moral of the fable.
March of the Dividing Ant
Students inspect divisibility rules. In this divisibility rules lesson plan, students study the relationship between factorization and the divisibility rules for 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, and 10. Students read One Hundred Hungry Ants and A Remainder of One to guide mathematical exploration.