Zombie Ants! - Symbiotic Relationships

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This FutureFit Project is a supplemental project-based lesson covering viruses and bacteria in nature. It is designed to supplement a 12-15 unit middle school science lesson on Interactions of Living Things while also incorporating social-emotional learning and 21st Century skills and concepts.

Zombie Ants! - Symbiotic Relationships
Zombie Ants! - Symbiotic Relationships
Zombie Ants! - Symbiotic Relationships

OVERVIEW:

This FutureFit Project is designed to supplement a standard 12-15 unit lesson for 6th-8th grade Life Science by offering a unique project that ties together the core academic concepts (Interactions of Living Things) with a set of FutureFit social-emotional and 21st Century skills.

STUDENT/GROUP OUTPUT:

Students will develop a stop-motion sci-fi or horror movie about zombie ants using the Stop Motion Studio app.

SUGGESTED SUBJECT PREREQUISITES:

It is suggested that students should have familiarity with the following subject material as background for this lesson:

  • A basic understanding of the interactions between living things
  • A basic understanding of the ways viruses operate in organisms
  • A basic understanding of interdependent relationships in ecosystems

SEQUENCE AND PACING

This project-based lesson includes enough material for use in five 45-minutes periods of instruction. If a more focused lesson is appropriate, select the 3-day Short Lesson. The Concept Check version provides activities which reinforce the core math concepts.

TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES (suggested):

  • Internet access
  • Stop Motion Studio app

STANDARDS ALIGNMENT

These activities support the following NGSS curriculum standards:

  • LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
  • LS2.B Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
  • LS4.B Natural Selection
  • LS4.C Adaptation
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