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An Introduction to Ants

Full Description

In this Unit of Study on Ants learners will be introduced to the life of ants.  Through a number of curricular areas learners will learn everything from the life cycle to what keeps ants busy throughout their life.  Discover what kind of work ants do, socialization and community make up. Check out different ant colonies and learn how to create one in your own backyard!  Learners will explore the different types of ants and how to best observe them. Learners should find the life of ants exciting and be able to share interesting stories about ants as they see them. They will also have the opportunity to answer questions about ants and develop their own questions as extensions to this unit.

Required Supplies:

- Internet Access

- Printer and Paper

- Coloring Supplies

Optional Supplies:

- Internet Access

- Printer and Paper

- Coloring Supplies

Subject Areas Explored:



In this video, you see how organized ants can be in their colonies and how they undertake incredible engineering feats!


National Geographic gives you an inside look in the ant world's deadliest insect. The Micofideous Ant.


Watch the ultimate guide to ants! Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about these smart insects.


Not all ants are tiny! Watch National Geographic Kids explore the word on monster ants.


Audio Soundtracks

Podcast: Why Ants Handle Traffic Better Than You Do

Unless there's a serious pileup, ants in traffic tend to bypass a collision and just keep going. A physicist has found a way to model this behavior with a mathematical equation.

Source: NPR, 3:21

Sound Bites: Listen to Ants As They Walk

The everyday ant seldom gets close enough to a microphone to be amplified and heard but 'The World According to Sound' podcast manages to let us listen to the insects as they go about their day.

Source: NPR, 1:32

Radio: Exploding Ants!

Kamikaze ants blow themselves up and cover their victims with killer slime

Source: CBC, 6:55

Song: The Ants Go Marching One By One

Famous children's song from 1943 that has a VERY catching melody that might have you singing it for days!

Source: KidsSongs, 0:32

Hands On Exercises

How to Make An Ant Farm

Ants are facinating to watch and here is a great way to do that! No need to buy an ant farm when you can do it yourself! Download the PDF lesson to learn how to make and take care of your ant farm.


Build An Ant!

Ants have a simple anatomy so they make a great specimen for building. Follow this link to the anatomy of an ant and build one as simple or as complicated as you want with recycled stuff around your house.

Click Here to see the ant's anatomy.

Book Recommendations

Journey To The Ants

Richly illustrated and delightfully written, Journey to the Ants combines autobiography and scientific lore to convey the excitement and pleasure the study of ants can offer.

Two Bad Ants

The three-time Caldecott medalist tells the tale of two ants who decide to leave the safety of the others to venture into a danger-laden kitchen.

National Geographic Readers: Ants

Ants are everywhere. These hard-working little creatures thrive wherever they go, making whatever adaptations necessary in their ever-changing world.

The Life and Times of the Ant

Not mighty in size, but mighty in resourcefulness and industry, the ant has crawled the earth since prehistoric times. So watch where you step, especially on a warm day: a small but mighty ant may be underfoot.

Hey, Little Ant

What would you do if the ant you were about to step on looked up and started talking? Would you stop and listen? What if your friends saw you hesitate? That’s what happens in this funny, thought-provoking book.

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Ants: Amazing Pictures and Fun Facts

This book depicts the wonder of the world of ants in all its glory. Children are given a well-rounded understanding of these awesome insects: their anatomy, feeding habits, and behavior.

Ant Cities

With simple, easy-to-understand words and colorful illustrations, Arthur Dorros explains the life of a harvester ant for the early reader and even shows readers how to build their own ant farms!

Dr. Eleanor's Book of Common Ants

Dr. Eleanor’s Book of Common Ants provides an eye-opening entomological overview of the natural history of species most noted by project participants—and even offers tips on keeping ant farms in your home.

Are You an Ant?

Children who love to track ants wherever they wander will enjoy this inside look at the everyday life of this fascinating insect, as they explore the similarities and differences to themselves.

Ant Farms. Ant Farm Guide.

This Ant Farm Book is a guide to keeping and raising ant colonies from your home. It is the ultimate handbook for ant enthusiasts and any person that would want to keep and raise ants from home for any reason.

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Mother Nature's Pop Science Guide to Ants [Infographic]

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Ants outnumber, outweigh and outwork humans, yet we rarely give them a second glance — unless they're raiding our pantries or ruining our picnics. In honor of this tireless, thankless dedication, MNN offers a graphical tribute to the awe-inspiring antics of ants.

Ant Cities

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Ants live in intricate communities, made by their own hard work. Learn how ant colonies organize their homes.

A is for Ant

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The first letter of the alphabet starts off the name of our lesson insect. A great visual example of the letter "A" and the common ant.

Life Cycle of an Ant

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Ants, like caterpillars, go through quite a bit of change in their lifetime. Learn about the stages of the common ant in this simple and instructional worksheet.

The Ant Story

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Time to learn about ants! In this short story, you will learn many facts about ants and then have the opportunity to test your comprehension.

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Parts of an Ant: Part 2

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Ants have simple anatomies but there are still many pieces that make the whole. Take a more detailed look at the make up of the ant and label the parts of their body correctly.

Ant Antics

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Ants are crazy! They know exactly what they are doing and can make very unique colonies that suit their group needs. Learn how they make it work.

The Ant and the Grasshopper

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Explore the famous story of the ant and the grasshopper. Many life lessons can be taken from these two insects but with this worksheet you can try and figure them out yourself.

The Ant Colony

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The Ant Colony is an amazing design. Learn more about the areas within an ant colony and how they help the ants stay organized.

Icky Ants

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Time to learn more about ants and test your comprehension. Read this ant story and answer questions to see how much you remember and have learned.

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Ants Cant Pant

Grab a friend and see who can come up with the most words that have the word "ANT" in it. Then see if you can create sentences using just hose words.

Download the full exercise description HERE.

The Weakest Link

Did you know that ants can hold a chain for as long at 50 ants long? Choosing from a list of supplies, see how long of a chain you can create before it breaks.

Download the full exercise description HERE.


Green Ants?!

Test the ants reaction to different foods. You can place ants into a large plastic tub. Place different foods in the corners and see which the most ants go to.

Download the full exercise description HERE.

Path of Least Resistance

Ants are clever. Try and guess and see what route the Ants will take when you put a series of obstactles in front of them to get their food.

Download the full exercise description HERE.

Interpersonal Activities

Build an Ant Hill

Ant hills are the entrance to the ants colony and can grow to very large sizes. Read about the construction of an ant hill and grab your friends to see if you can do as good of a job as these tiny insects.

Download the full exercise description HERE.

Social Media



Ants are the focus on this Instagram account. Sightings, fun facts and crazy pictures of our 6 legged friends.



 Besides humans ants are the only species who take slaves, domesticate other animals or plant crops.


Ant Colony Test

The ant colony is full of surprises. Take this test to see how much you learned about the colony and organization of the ant family.

Ant Anatomy Test

Test your knowledge on all things relating to an ant's anatomy. Answer questions and draw pictures.

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Ant Facts

There's so much to learn about this little 6 legged insect. Test your knowledge on all things ants!

Ant Facts 2

There is so much to learn about ants that we needed another test to cover it all! Test your knowledge and see what you can remember from the lesson!

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Ant Farm

Ant habitat is 9 inches wide x 6 inches high and comes with clean tunneling sand. It is break-resistant and escape-proof. Also included is an illustrated Ant Watcher's manual, order form to receive live ants by mail. Ants are sold separately, shipping and handling are required.

Live Learn Launch Ant Badge #25

You deserve it! You earned it! This iron on badge is 2 inches by 2 inches and will showcase you've learned all about ants!

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