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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.
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.
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.
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.
Students investigate different insects in their backyard. For this insect lesson, 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.
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.
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.
First graders identify a variety of phonemes and use a mirror to view how their mouths form the sounds. They then listen to the Aesop fable "The Grasshopper and the Ants," and answer story comprehension questions. Students also discuss the importance of playing and examples of times to work.
Students inspect divisibility rules. In this divisibility rules lesson, 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.