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Ant Man


Found in: science; preK-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

In the movie Ant-Man, Hank Pym invents a suit that can shrink its wearer to the size of a pismire. Fearful that his technology will be misused, Pym tries to hide it, but Darren Cross, a former protégé, invents a similar suit, Yellowjacket. This isn’t the first time ants have played a role in stories and movies. Them! (1954) told of a nest of gigantic ants created by atomic tests in the New Mexico desert. Ants appeared again in 1954 in The Naked Jungle, when a South American cocoa plantation is threatened by a 2-mile-wide, 20-mile-long column of army ants. The movie was based on Carl Stephenson's short story "Leiningen Vs The Ants." and was performed by William Conrad for radio.

The following lessons, activities, resources, and video clips will help students appreciate creatures that walked with dinosaurs, inhabit most of the planet, have a biomass that rivals humans, can grow to more than 2 inches, can carry an estimated 10 to 50 times their body weight, and cooperate with other species.

Lesson Plans:

  • A Math Story 3rd grade students use One Hundred Hungry Ants as a prompt to write and illustrate a math story.
  • Teaching Point of View With Two Bad Ants Students in grades 3-5 read or listen to the story and write a story from an ant's perspective.
  • Ants in Space Students in grades 3-12 investigate search patterns of pavement ants in Earth's gravity and compare them to experiments conducted in microgravity aboard the Space Station. Downloading the guide requires filling out a short form.
  • The Queen’s Empire Students in grades 5-8 research ant species and their habitats and create classroom ant farms to continue their observations.
  • Investigating Ant Colony Searching: A Link To Citizen Science Project ( PDF, 1 MB, 26 pgs.) Teams of students in grades 6-12 explore ants and ant behavior, collect and analyze data, and develop explanations for how ants work together.

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