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Melanie Bird

Student Instructions

Life of the Leafcutter Ant

This activity is to be used after students complete a 5 day investigation of a Leafcutter Ant Colony. Ask a biologist/Life of the Leafcutter by Angelina Alameda. Review all the research your group has completed over the course of this investigation. Based on the research you have completed, work as a group to illustrate and diagram the leafcutter ant colony. If you were to find a colony in the rainforest what would it look like? What features would it have? Consider the different castes of ants living in the colony and their jobs. Remember to consider the four essentials to life: water, food, shelter, and space. How do the ants work together to help the colony survive? Post your diagram and written/recorded description of your rain forest ant colony on Seesaw. 1. Select 2. Use the tool to create your ant colony. your drawing. Use your drawing as a resource when recording or writing your explanation. 3. or your explanation of the ant colony.

6th Grade, Science
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Compatible with: Chromebooks, computers, iPads, iPhones, Android tablets, Android phones, Kindle Fire

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This activity is to be used after students complete a 5 day investigation of a Leafcutter Ant Colony. Ask a biologist, Life of the Leafcutter by Angelina Alameda. This is an online activity that was created for use in the classroom and at home. Here is the link to the actual website - https://askabiologist.asu.edu/experiments/leafcutter-ants Please note, I had to adjust the expectations of some activities to be more academically appropriate for 6th graders. I also allowed groups to create diagrams on paper, then post the diagram as an image to Seesaw, and then add the explanation.