Termite Activity Enhances Ecosystem Productivity and Stability

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Termites in your house? Bad. Termites in your garden ... good? Discover the good side of an insect that often gets a bad rap with an interesting animation. The narrator discusses how termites break down plant material, what the soil receives in return, and how termite mounds affect groundwater.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Place the animation in an insects unit or ecology lesson
  • Print and distribute a poster that tells more about the termites of the African savanna
Classroom Considerations

  • It might be helpful to show a short video that describes how termites break down plant matter that other organisms can't stomach
Pros

  • Clear, concise explanations make the video perfect for mid-lesson redirection
  • The animation has simple graphics to help viewers focus on the cycling of matter
Cons

  • None
Common Core