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Animated Fables and Beginning Readers

For Students Pre-K - 2nd Standards
Practice reading with children with a series of animated versions of a few of Aesop’s most famous fables: The Grasshopper and the Ants; Big Bug and Little Bug; A Toy for Spot; The Lion and the Mouse; and Ham with Jam?
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Experiments in Space

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Check out this collection of four fun studies based on real research from the International Space Station! Students compare spiders, ants, butterflies, and plants at their own school with those on the ISS. Tons of extra teacher materials...
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The Tech Challenge 2016 lessons

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Challenge young flight engineers to design a flying device for Ant-Man, balloon crafts that have neutral buoyancy, paper airplanes from different types of paper, hoop gliders, and a launcher for ping pong balls. Although designed for the...
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Ants

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Ants are a common example to use when conducting lessons on insects, and if your youngsters are squeamish, this is a way to introduce them without actually bringing them into the classroom! Viewers of this PowerPoint learn about the...
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Inside the Ant Colony

For Students 7th - 11th Standards
Step into the amazing world of ants as this video explores the surprisingly complex social structure that makes up the foundation of every ant colony. The truly amazing ability of these tiny creatures to share information without any...
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The Insanely Painful Sting of the Bullet Ant

For Students 7th - 12th
Milking venomous ants? Dissecting bullet ants? Watch a very interesting and informative video on the anatomy of a bullet ant and the power of its venomous sting.
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Where Are the Ants Carrying All Those Leaves?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Ants don't eat leaves, they use them for farming. The video focuses on this practice, which ants have done for 60 million years. It explains how they use the leaves to grow fungus and build entire underground cities. They even assign...
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The Amazing Ant

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
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...
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The Many Faces of Ants

For Students 4th - 7th
Though they be but little, they are fierce! Young biologists read about eight different species of ants, and discover how the anatomy of their heads can explain the way they live and what they eat.
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Bullet Ant Venom

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Have you ever wondered the best way to milk an ant? An interesting Brain Scoop video explains two ways to do just that as part of their playlist on Insects. It highlights the bullet ant, which has the most intense sting of any insect....
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Winter is Coming for These Argentine Ant Invaders

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
When ants touch antennas with each other, they exchange information about which jobs they need to complete. The video focuses on the spread of the Argentine ants invading the globe. They eliminate local ants, even those that are more...
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Inside the World of Fire Ants!

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Did you know that fire ant colonies are seen as small mounds on the surface of Earth but underground, tunnels can extend as far as 25 feet away? Viewers learn about the unique history of fire ants, from the pain of their sting to their...
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The Double-Crossing Ants to Whom Friendship Means Nothing

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
I'll scratch your back, if you'll scratch mine—unless someone else comes along that is a better scratcher! Examine the fickle nature of rainforest insects using a captivating video. The narrator describes the mutualistic relationship...
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Why Don't Ants Get Stuck In Traffic?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Ants head out in the morning to collect food and all return at the end of the day, yet they don't have traffic jams. An intriguing resource compares ant travel patterns to human travel patterns as part of a biology playlist. It discusses...
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We've Got Ants in Our Plants!

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Some ants are so aggressive, they can repel an elephant. Viewers learn this fact and more in an engaging video that is part of a larger playlist on biology. It discusses the relationships between ants and plants. While plants provide...
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Dissecting Ants

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Scientists study the gut bacteria in ants to better understand their digestive process. Brain Scoop presents the proper way to dissect ants as part of their Insects playlist. The video shows the steps and explains why each is necessary...
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Zombie Ants

For Students 8th - 10th
One of the creepiest and coolest natural occurrences is a great forum for data analysis and discussion! Explore the phenomenon of zombie ants, or ants infected with the Cordyceps fungus, with a series of activities and experiments. Kids...
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The Grasshopper and the Ants

For Students Pre-K - 3rd Standards
Instill the importance of preparedness with a video featuring Aesop's fable, The Grasshopper and the Ants. Scholars watch, listen, and gain vocabulary recognition as insects prepare for winter proving that hard work pays off.
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Romantic Ants

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Almost every ant you have ever seen in your life is female. The video, part of an Insect playlist by Brain Scoop, discusses the unique sex lives of ants. It explains the unique anatomy and habits that are conducive to all-female colonies.
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Why Don't Ants Get Stuck In Traffic?

For Students 7th - 12th
Ants don't get stuck in traffic jams because they work together. View an intriguing video that explores the flow of ant traffic by comparing it to car road traffic. If ants can keep their flow of movement steady, then why can't humans?
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Dead Ant Tag

For Students K - 5th
Tag, you're a dead ant! Players run around the playing area and runs from the taggers. If a player gets tagged, then they must lay on the ground with their arms and legs in the air. To get back into the game, four people must touch the...
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Ant Arcitecture

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Young scholars 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...
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Take an Ant to Lunch

For Teachers 2nd
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.
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Ants in the Wild

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Young scholars investigate ants in the wild. In this insect lesson, students observe ant colonies and conduct experiments, such as putting food in the ants' path. Young scholars record their observations.

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