A Bug's Life
A Bug's Life (1998)
Concept featured in clip:Ecological Societies
Location of clip: 0:00:30 - 0:06:12 (DVD)


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Summary of clip: The movie begins with a scene showing the ant colony working to collect food for storage.  A group of ants have trouble when a leaf blocks their path.  Flik tries to use one of his many inventions to collect seeds more efficiently but while doing so he throws a couple of blades of grass on Princess Atta.  Up to this point Princess Atta is discussing with the queen ant, Queen, about the plans for the food collection.  Flik is ridiculed for not working as part of the group.

Connection of flickclip to the concept:

This clip represents ant society and would be a good start to an ecology lesson on social behavior of certain species. 

Suggestions to teachers:

1. Discuss the different classes of ants within a colony.

a. Queen

b. Workers

c. Soldiers

2. Suggested questions for students after viewing the clip:

a. How does this type of a society benefit the species?

b. Can you think of any other species of animal that live in societies?

c. Do animals that live in societies have an advantage over those that don't?

3. Have your class role play an ant colony, themselves being the ants after they have conducted research on ant colonies using the Internet. They can elect their queen and then have the workers collect needed food etc. They should each have jobs similar to the ant society. Have them make decisions such as where to build the hill, what types of food they should collect, how much food they should store, etc.