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Activity: Fire Ant Life Cycle Game
Find out what it's like to live in a fire ant family. This activity to accompany Life in a Fire Ant Family in Youth Module.
Learn about life cycles of insects by using the fire ant as an example. You will study the different developmental stages in the fire ant life cycle. You will need at least three people to play this game (two players and a question reader).
Learn about the life cycle and development of the red imported fire ant.
Label the Ant Life Cycle worksheet with the names of each stage, then color it. Place the large life cycle poster where all can see it.
- Play the Life Cycle Game:
- Designate one person to read the questions.
- Spin the spinner.
- Note where on the spinner the arrow points (worker adult, winged adult, eggs, larvae, pupae). Answer the question that you are asked about that area. If you answer the question correctly, you get a point.
- Have the next person turn the spinner, and answer a question.
- Keep taking turns until all have tried to answer five questions. In case of a tie, have the question reader choose a life cycle area and ask a question. Each person participating in the tie breaker writes down the answer. Give a point for each correct answer.
- The person with the most points wins!
- Discuss how the life cycle of a fire ant is similar to the growth and development of other insects (such as butterflies and beetles) and of humans (such as from a baby to child to young adult to parent).
- Compare the sharing of work responsibilities among workers in a fire ant colony to that of a family or community.
- Discuss how failure of one of the groups to do their job can affect the colony.
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