Our ants FINALLY came in the mail…so we are ready to do our ant unit! I think it will be a lot of fun watching the ants and learning about them throughout the week. (We bought an ant farm months ago and sent off for our ants. Well, they can’t mail them when the temperature is too hot, so it took this long for the temps to go down in our area and for them to be able to send them.)
Our FIAR title will be Truman’s Aunt Farm. Yes, I spelled the word “aunt.” This book will lead us to a discussion of homonyms. (Actually I’m a bit confused after reading up on homophones, homonyms, homographs?!?!?)
Activities, Lessons and Ideas
*We will be doing alot of the Ant Lapbook from HSS!
*Also, here are a few resources specifically for Truman’s Aunt Farm on HSS. We will definitely be using the ant farm observation page.
*We will have to listen to this fun little ant song. (Makes me wonder why this one didn’t hit the top 10?!)
*Make thumbprint ants – draw an ant hill on a piece of paper, color it brown. Then use black ink to put ants on your ant hill. Draw 6 legs on the ant and eyes.
*Another craft I saw was to spread glue on a piece of paper, sprinkle sand on the paper and then glue raisins onto the sand to look like the ants.
*we will label the parts of an ant from abcteach.com
*We have a Gel Ant Colony from Uncle Milton that we will have fun watching all week!
We made a cake and decorated it to look like an anthill. The problem with our cake is that the only plastic ants I could find were HUGE. So, our anthill is a little funny looking…but the kids still had fun and the cake tasted very yummy, so we will call it a success.
Next, we painted egg cartons to look like ants! I think these turned out super cute! And of course anytime paint is involved the kids are happy! (HERE is where I found the original idea.)
Hannah painting her ant
Emily painting her ant
Caleb painting his ant
The ants up close. I cut the egg carton up to where each child’s ant had 3 pieces. So, we reviewed what the ant’s 3 body parts are called: head, thorax, abdomen.