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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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Ant Farm Areas

For Students 2nd - 4th Standards
Practice counting square units and learn about ants at the same time. Once you count the number of square units in each ant colony, use the legend to figure out what color each colony should be.
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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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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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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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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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Active Ants

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st Standards
Investigate the interesting world of insects this with fun activity. Using old soda bottles and some sand, help young learners build their very own ant farms, allowing them to observe the intricate system of tunnels ants build. Consider...
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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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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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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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Leafcutter Ants

For Teachers 4th - 12th
What is nature's equivalent to a chainsaw? Surely the leafcutter ants! They use their jaws, which vibrate at 1000 times per second, to precisely cut through leaves and flowers. Watch this fun video to see how they do it!
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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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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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Did You Know?

For Students Pre-K - 1st Standards
Learn about ants and printing in one fun worksheet! After you read some interesting facts about ants, practice writing the word ant on a tracing line. Then, draw a picture of an ant in a space provided.
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Leaf Cutting Ants: Fungus Farmer

For Teachers 4th - 9th
  Learners generate results using the TI-calculator. In this science lesson, the students will measure how much leaves Leaf cutter ants can chew.  They will analyze this amount by graphing it on construction paper.  
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The Ant Bully

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Why do people take their frustrations out on one another? The14th lesson in a series of 17 character-building activities examines why people take out their frustrations on scapegoats. Learners explore the concept using a clip from the...
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Help Ant Get to Soil School!

For Students 1st - 3rd
For this soil worksheet, students help an ant get to soil school by following the path in an underground maze. Students color the words: Soil is amazing!
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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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Ant Antics

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
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...
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Ant and Elephant

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
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...
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Ant-Man Saves the Day

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Provide Ant-Man with a flying device to aid in fighting crime. The first installment of a five-part unit has learners designing and building a flying device for Ant-Man. They write a narrative essay describing the engineering process...

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