Students will be able to identify the habitat and characteristics of the leafcutter ant.
Introduce the lesson by displaying a map of the world and pointing out each of the seven continents. Explain that while there are many countries in the world, there are only seven continents. A continent is a large area of land. Ask students if they know which continent they live in.
Explain that we live in North America (or insert your continent here) and that today we will be learning about a special animal found in the continent of South America. Tell students that there is a very large area in South America that contains the Amazon Rainforest, which is home to more than half of the creatures on the planet.
Tell students that today they will be learning all about a very small animal that calls the Amazon Rainforest home: the leafcutter ant.