Monday, August 18, 2014

Homeschool Science: Social Insects

After our Introduction to Insects, followed by Insect Life Cycles and Life Styles, we went on to study social insects. This is probably Mr. A's favorite lesson thus far as one of his favorite insects are ants.

For our core reading, we used Apologia's Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures (lesson 11). The kids also did notebook work and hands-on fun, as well as a few extras.

One of the experiments from the book was to see what might stop an ant. This was all Mr. A's doing. All plates had jelly on them. One plate was left by itself while the other three Mr. A placed potential barriers around. As you can see, the ants almost immediately found the lone plate. It took a bit longer but they eventually scouted out around the sticks, and the chalk and the leaves plates came a little later.



Another hands-on project was to have an ant farm. The book has instructions to build your own but I thought it might be easier to purchase a farm. I saw too many farms with bad reviews so I thought I would try the one from Insect Lore as I have had success with them in the past. We did have ants escaping. Thank goodness we were right there when it happened! A little tape over a hole in the bottom worked to keep the ants in (the hole shouldn't have made a difference as it was under the dome and supposedly inaccessible to the ants).

Would I buy more ants for this farm again? Nope. Next time the kids can make their own ant farms or lay in the grass and observe them themselves.


Some neat extras:


Notebooks


Miss L (Pre-K/K)


  • Coloring page (social insects).
  • Fill-in the sentence: Would you rather be an ant or a bee?
  • Bees and beehive poem and puppet play (puppet template).
  • Snack: Ants on a Log.
  • Count ants.
  • One neat thing I learned.
  • Honey bee page.
  • Make book: Bee, Bee: A Book About Shapes.
  • Hands-On recording pages.

Mr. D (1st/2nd)


  • Coloring page (social insects).
  • What did I learn?
  • Draw something from the lesson.
  • Life cycle of a bee.
  • Honey bee anatomy.
  • Life of ant sequence cards.
  • Honey bee page.
  • Hands-On recording pages.

Mr. A (3rd/4th)


**Full 3rd/4th Notebook Here**

  • Coloring page (social insects).
  • What did I learn?
  • Draw something from the lesson.
  • Vocabulary.
  • Different kind of bees.
  • May I have this dance?
  • Life cycle of a bee.
  • Honey bee anatomy.
  • Life of ant sequence cards.
  • Honey bee page.
  • Hands-On recording pages.

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