Ant Wars


Pavement ants compete for food, leading to the all out fights you may have observed near a sidewalk. Using data from a real-world published experiment, students will analyze how ant conflicts escalate and interpret the results when different ant colony densities were brought together. How does ant density impact the decision to engage in fights with ants from another colony?

Each Data Nugget comes with three student versions, based on the type of graphing skills required. Type A activities provide the graph for the students (allowing a focus on graph interpretation, making claims based on evidence, and explaining reasoning), Type B activities provide axis labels but requires students to graph the data, and Type C provides an unlabeled grid on which to draw a graph.

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