Additional resources for class1
- Student responses to question of "What do you know about
- ants bite
- ants live in the ground
- they fight with each other
- the bigger ants win fights between two ants
- they come in different colors
- ants walk in long lines following each other
- they can pick up things bigger than themselves
- Possible incorrect answers will be:
- All ants live in the ground
- All ants will fight with ants from different ant hills
- Ants eat the same things
- Ants live in the little mounds they build
- Possible responses to question: "What would you like to know
- Do ants eat their dead?
- How do they know to follow each other in lines?
- Do ants communicate?
- What do ants see with their eyes?
- What are the different types of ants?
- Do ants have sex?
- Students should not be corrected or directed to give specific
answers during any part of this activity. It is purely for interest development
and to get the students thinking a little bit about the lesson to come. They
will be making observations outside, and they need to start thinking about
physical and behavioral aspects of ants.
- Before going outside on Day 1:
- Assign students into groups structured to include a highly
motivated or high achieving student, a medium motivation or achieving student,
and a low motivation or achieving student.
- Instruct them to write the following statements off the
board and into their journal.
- Not all ants are the same!
- Not all ants behave the same way!
- Tell students that they are doing observations to familiarize
themselves with ant behavior and structure and that the best way to get
them familiar with ants is to spend time watching them.
- When you actually go outside, some of the students will be
confused as to what they are supposed to do. They should be able to begin
looking at physical characteristics such as color, number of legs, size, parts
of the body (head, thorax, gastor). If they need more direction because they
can't begin to see physical characteristics, you could ask:
"Do ants look like people?"
Student's response: "No".
Teacher: "What do ants have that people have?"
Teacher: "Do ants and people have the same number of legs?"
Teacher: "Well, write down on your observation sheet how many legs there are
on an ant and anything else you see that is similar or different from people.
Then keep going and start writing down what the ant is doing while you are
- You should now walk away to another group. If a student asks
how long he should make observations, your reply would be, "Make as many observations
as possible before the end of the hour."