This is the teacher version of the Where in the World? hands-on exercise. It is designed to teach students where fire ants are located in the world and what conditions are needed for their survival. This could be used in the classroom or for a youth's science fair project.
The students will use a Web site to learn about geographic regions and to determine if those regions provide the conditions that are essential for fire ant survival. The web site is: Geographic Distribution of Fire Ants. The students will also indicate on U.S and South America maps the areas where fire ants are found now and where conditions may be too cold for them to survive in the United States.
Students will learn about the country where red imported fire ants came from originally and the date and location of their arrival in the United States.
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) (other states may have similar systems)
Note: You may want to refer to the KIDzANTS Teacher Manual, which is from the original release of KIDzANTS made by Texas AgriLife Extension.
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