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Tunnels of Learning - The World of Ants
By Cynthia Kirkeby
May 21, 2004, 23:11 PST

Tunnels of Learning - The World of Ants

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Grade Level  - K-4

Subject  - Science, Music, English

Keywords  - Ants, colony, ant colony, Antz, Z, ant society, leafcutter, ant farm, entomology, Hymenoptera, ant anatomy

Author - Cynthia F. Kirkeby       

Affiliation - ClassBrain, Inc.

Date 30 April, 2002

Duration - 1-3 class periods


Ants are fascinating creatures, and children are fascinated by them.

Harnessing this interest is a great way to introduce children to science.  Is also a wonderful way to integrate science into other subjects. So, crawl around through the pages of this lesson plan and have fun while you explore.


  • Watch Antz and discuss the society of ants with your students.  Give them A Society of Ants and discuss the following questions:
    • What it would like to live in a society of ants?
    • Would they fit in? 
    • Would they be the one that is different, like Z.
    • Which role would they like to play in the colony: worker, queen, etc?
    • Is it important to conform to what other people expect of you?
  • Explore the other resources available below to learn more about the world of ants.

Resources & Materials



Internet resources

Available worksheets


Counting Practice The Ants Go Marching 2 by

Antz Recipes

Parts of an Ant Coloring Page

A Society of Ants

High Hopes- Lyrics

The Ants Go Marching Lyrics

Film 1:  Antz (1998)


  • Synopsis:  
    DreamWorks 1998

A twist of fate turns Z into an unlikely hero. Then, Z finds himself leading a revolution within the colony. Once the most insignificant of workers, Z eventually proved to be the biggest hero of them all.  This is a celebration of individuality over conformity.

Source: PDI


  • Genre(s) - Animation, Comedy
  • Rating - PG for mild language and menacing action
  • Family Rating kids-in-mind
  • Running Time - 1hr 23 min


  • Primary Actors -  Woody Allen, Dan Aykroyd, Anne Bancroft, Danny Glover, Sharon Stone, Jennifer Lopez, Gene Hackman, Sylvester Stallone
  • Director                 
  • Music - Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell 
  • Screenplay - Todd Alcott, Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz 
  • Producers - Brad Lewis, Aron Warner, Patty Wooton 
  • Studio  - Pacific Data Images, DreamWorks                

Reading Connections


Online Illustrated Story


This is a story about an Ant Prince that carves out a place for himself in the world after he loses his kingdom.



Two Bad Ants
One Hundred Hungry Ants
The Ants
The Fascinating World of Ants

Learning Links for Ants


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Click here for Lesson Plans and Experiments




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