Ant Antics

The largest ant colony ever found was more than 3,750 miles wide. In the activity, learners discuss ants and how people control them using insecticides. In groups, scholars then conduct experiments to test the effectiveness of three organic insect repellants. Activity one in a series of 13. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Activity fits in unit on animals, on environmental issues, or on scientific method
Classroom Considerations

  • Participants handle cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and vinegar; it is important that scholars wash hands before touching eyes, mouth, or face
  • Each group needs five to seven ants; all other materials can be found in science classroom or at home
  • Some teachers may want to complete activity as a demonstration
Pros

  • Includes all handouts
  • Contains a follow-through activity to complete the next day
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS