Bring School of Ants into the classroom!


What do ants really like to eat? Explore topics of diet, food types, food quality, and ant diversity with your students. Designed by a former teacher, this three-day teaching module is a great complement or alternative to School of Ants sampling.

Get the lesson plan packet on our Students Discover website!

Course Objectives

  • Describe diet preferences for ants by using different food types to attract ants.
  • Categorize food types by the quality of nutrients that they provide.
  • Quantify ant abundance based on food sources and quality.
  • Understand patterns of food quality and attractiveness to ants by constructing a two-way table of food quality and number of ants present.
  • [Optional Extension for Gifted Students] Identify ant diversity at each food source.