Mimic (1997)
Concept featured in clip: Insect colonies (termites)
Location of clip: DVD: Chapter 3: 7:19-9:49

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Summary of clip: The scene begins with Dr. Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino) talking with two boys who have brought her some insects inside a cereal box. She tells them to Imagine you are one of the...building castles when dinosaurs were wimpy little lizards. She then goes on to show the boys a termite colony encased in glass within her laboratory and explains various components of termite behavior to them. At the end of the clip, she strikes up a deal to give them $10 and some collecting tools for the insect in the cereal box.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: This is a great clip to begin a learning cycle on termites and/or insects that form colonies. Since this clip is primarily informational, it is a good one to initiate inquiry research projects for the students.
Suggestions to teachers:
1. After viewing the clip, students could conduct research on any of the following questions:

a. How are termite colonies the same or different from ant colonies?

b. Describe how insects mark their territories.

c. Do all sexes participate in defending the territories of the colonies? How are the territories defended?

d. How can the various functions of insects be described within colonies (e.g. compare and contrast termites, bees, ants, wasps, etc.)?

e. What environmental conditions impact the health of colonies?

f. What information have scientists learned about insect colonies that has had direct impact on human societies?

g. How has our understanding of evolution been impacted by scientific work with insect colonies?