Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Project 13

Collaborated by: Kaylee Diegan, Maggie Adkisson, Jamie Risner

A Day In The Life Of Worker Ants

Duration: 225 to 250 minutes

Subject: English, Science

Grade Level: 3rd

Project Idea Summary: Students are to do online research about worker ants. Students are to use the research they found online to create a short story, and illustrate as if they were the worker ant for a day. They are to write about what they would do, what problems they might encounter, and how they would solve those problems. Students are to then get into groups and read over each others stories. Each student would receive and give feed back from their group members. Students would then revise their stories and illustrate them. All the stories would then be compiled into a book called A Day In The Life Of Worker Ants. A podcast would then be made of the book with each student reading their story. The podcast would then be posted on the individual, as well as the class blog page.

Content Standards:

ELA(3) 9. Compose narrative text using an introductory paragraph, specific time frames, clear sequencing of events and conclusions.

TC2(3-5) 8. Collect information from a variety of digital sources.

ELA2010(3) 24. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear events sequences.

21st Century Competencies To Be Taught and Assessed:



Critical thinking

Creativity and innovation

Entry Events:

Show YouTube video about worker ants.

Formative Assessments (during the project):

Rough drafts

Summative Assessments (end of the project):

Written products by using a rubric

Oral presentation by using a rubric

Resources Needed: Computers with internet access

Access to class blog page

Pens, crayons, markers, paper


Reflection Methods:

Group discussion

Class discussion

Writing in a daily journal

worker ants


  1. This is a good start to an engaging, cross-curriculum project. Just so you know, a teacher's lesson plan would be much more detailed and include an organized, predetermined schedule of all activities for this project. This is just something to think about as you progress in your education classes, but I like what you've produced so far.

  2. Very good start. See Jacey Blaire's comments. Was this a collaborative project. It was supposed to be but there is no indication of that in your post.

    A very fine start.