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Group Behavior and Social Insects (with perishables)

Item # 143725P Exclusive This product is exclusive to Carolina Biological Supply. With Digital This kit includes 1-year access to digital resources including videos, digital teacher’s manuals, printable student guides, interactive lessons, editable assessment questions, and more.

Product Highlights

  • Explore communication in social insects by planning and carrying out investigations on how termites communicate with members of their colony.
  • High school laboratory investigation with enough materials for 10 lab groups.
  • Carolina Kits 3D®—Labs that use phenomena to support NGSS and 3-dimensional instruction.
  • Due to termites' natural life cycle, they are often fragile in early fall and may not ship well. This kit includes perishable materials for immediate use.



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Cooperative foraging behaviors exhibited by 2 different social insects, honey bees and termites, is the investigative phenomenon. Students identify forms of communication used by these insects then develop an experimental plan to investigate how termites communicate with other members of their colony. After documenting their experimental findings, students construct explanations of how termite communication and cooperation among individuals enhances individual survivorship. Like scientific researchers, students then collaboratively share hypotheses and discuss results, using evidence to support their arguments.

Time Requirement
Total, 7 to 9 50-minute class periods. Teacher prep, 1 hour; pre-lab, 1 class period. Design and perform experiments, 4 to 5 class periods. Share results, 1 to 2 class periods. Assessment, 1 class period.

Digital Resources
Includes 1-year access to digital resources that support 3-dimensional instruction for NGSS. Digital resources may include a teacher manual and student guide, pre-lab activities and setup videos, phenomenon videos, simulations, and post-lab analysis and assessments.

Performance Expectation(s)

Crosscutting Concepts
Cause and Effect

Disciplinary Core Ideas
LS2.D: Social Interactions and Group Behavior

Science and Engineering Practices
Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Learning Objectives

  • Make a claim, supported by evidence, about the role of observed behaviors in social insects.
  • Design an experiment that examines a potential hypothesis for termite pen-following behavior.
  • Graph the findings of their experiment and present their results to the class.
  • Use evidence to argue how cooperative behaviors of social insects enhance survivorship.

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills
Students need to have basic familiarity with handling live insects and knowledge of experimental design, including terms such as "dependent variable," "independent variable," "replication," and "control."

  • This item is only available from Carolina Biological Supply Company.
  • This item contains living or perishable material and ships via 2nd Day or Overnight delivery to arrive on a date you specify during Checkout. To ensure freshness during shipping, a Living Materials Fee may apply to orders containing these items.
  • Canadian customers must apply for a Canada Dept. of Agriculture permit.
  • Due to USDA or USDOT regulations this item may not be shipped to the following locations:
    • Arizona
    • Oregon

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Components Qty Included?
Worker Termites  100 Included
Small Choice Chambers 10 Included
Paintbrushes 10 Included
Cups, 1 oz, with Lids 10 Included
Pens 10 Included
Beads, 12 oz 1 Included
Carolina Science Online® Resources (1-year subscription) 1 Included
Teacher's Manual with Reproducible Student Guide 1 Included
Scissors (1 per group) 10 Needed, Not Included
Printer Paper (3 to 5 sheets per group) Needed, Not Included
Paper Clips (2 to 3 per group) Needed, Not Included
Clock or Stopwatch (per group) Needed, Not Included
Assorted Pens, Markers, or Pencils in Various Colors Needed, Not Included
Springwater or Conditioned Tap Water, 250 mL Needed, Not Included