Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Great Ant Debacle of 2012?!

I have ambitious plans this September to supplement the Ants story from our Harcourt Trophies anthology with a mini science unit on the little buggers.  But if I'm going to be completely honest here, I'll have to admit I'm having some reservations.

This could very well turn into the Great Ant Debacle of 2012.  I've never used an ant farm before and I'm not quite sure how they expect me to get a hundred or so ants between the two sheets of plastic.

While some teachers of the crunchy variety might enjoy getting out in nature and actually collecting their ants themselves, perhaps luring them with little ant snacks, there are others- and I'm not naming any names here- who'd rather spend that time on the Internet googling ant farms with the ants already enclosed (no such thing, in case you're wondering).

This city girl's plan is to buy the farm and the ants online and convince a less bug phobic colleague to set it up for me. Then the fun starts.  I'll make these adorable brown bag flip books with the kiddos.  Each day, there will be a 15-20 minute lab activity which will require them press their noses up to the farm and observe what's happening. 

I listed the Brown Bag Flip Book packet in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  In addition to the five lab activities, it includes a grading rubric, and also a blank ant themed page for you to use as needed. 

If you end up using it, be sure to write and let me know how it went.  (But I'm not liable if you find yourself in the middle of a Great Ant Debacle with those suckers crawling all over your plan book).
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  1. CUTE! I'm your newest follower! Stop by my blog and add your blog link under my header "blogs that inspire" :)

    Color Me Kinder

  2. Thanks for stopping in Mrs. M! You've got a cute blog too, but I'm partial to pennants!

  3. That looks adorable!

    Our 2nd grade does ants and have not been very successful. =(

    Our district bought the ants and farm for every 2nd grade teacher and I think within a week or so after setting them up, all ants had died.

    I am happy to be your newest follower and a 1st grade teacher too! I would love for you to come and visit me when you get the chance. =)

    Heather's Heart