Primary Worksheets: Velvet Ant

Primary worksheets on the topic of the velvet ant designed for primary school students. A basic passage with questions at the end to answer, testing the students comprehension levels.

Velvet ants are definitely different to what they are named! They do appear to be velvety, but they are actually wasps, not ants! Male and female velvet ants look different. Males can fly, whereas the females cannot because they do not have wings, making them flightless. Females can sting but males cannot!

Velvet ants have a common species name of ‘cowkiller’, but their sting is not potent enough to kill a cow! This doesn’t mean their sting is not strong. Their sting can cause intense paint to humans, leading them to believe it could kill a cow. The largest velvet ant species can grow up to 2.5cm long! Males are slightly smaller than females. They can be found worldwide but are mainly found throughout the dry places in the U.S.

Basic Tips

When teaching a new concept to a student, make it as visual as possible. Concepts become more comprehensible. A standard lesson should follow this basic structure:

  • Introduction: gather what knowledge the students have on the topic. Assess and evaluate your level to base how much assistance they require throughout the lesson
  • Concept: teaching the actual topic of the lesson. Highlight the difficulty the students are having and apply the appropriate action. For example, if they do not understand the meaning of a word, get them to highlight it for further studying in the future.
  • Evaluation: conclude the lesson by getting the students to feedback what you have taught. Ensure they comprehend the topic and know the main points.

Build the confidence level of students through active participation. Encourage projects for them to do what they have learnt into practical use. The more engaging the lesson is, the better the result.

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