A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate which foods ants prefer to eat.
Prior to the lesson, choose an appropriate location in the playground to conduct the experiment.
This lesson contains a link to an external video. Please watch the video prior to presenting this lesson to ensure that the content is appropriate for your students.
Students watch and listen to the How Do Ants Find Food?video on YouTube. At the end of the video, ask the students:
How do ants smell?
What foods do ants like best?
Which type of ant collects the food for the queen ant and the male ant?
Explain to the students that they are going to conduct a science experiment to investigate what snacks ants prefer. Lead the students to the question to be investigated: Do ants prefer to eat cheese or honey?
As a class, go outside to the chosen location for the experiment. Follow the method in the booklet to set up the experiment. Return to the classroom.
Explain to the students that, when conducting experiments, scientists make predictions about what they think will happen. Support the students to record their prediction about which snack the ants will prefer.
After ten minutes, ask an adult helper to accompany small groups of students back to the site of the experiment to observe the ants. Encourage the students to draw what they see in the results section of the experiment booklet.
Once all of the groups have returned, encourage the students to independently complete the discussion section of the experiment booklet.
Allow the students to share and compare their results from the experiment. Ask guiding questions, such as:
What did you notice about the movement of the ants?
What can you learn from your results?
How might this information be useful for scientists?
Collect the students’ experiment booklets. These could be included in a portfolio of work samples and used to assess the students’ understanding of the unit objectives.
Encourage more capable students to consider how and why the number of ants around the honey increases over time.
Encourage less confident students to verbally share their ideas before writing them down in the experiment booklet.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities