Termites




INTRODUCTION
Hi, I'm Tommy the Termite Terminator! You might have heard of termites before! They can be quite the little pest because they like to eat wood, cardboard, and even paper. I better watch out and make sure they don't come after me! Don't mistake them for ants because they can look very similar. Termites live in colonies and are led by a king and queen termite. The queen is responsible for carrying new termites that grow in a cycle and eventually turn into worker termites. 




WHO AM I?
I am a tiny white insect that looks kind of like an ant-I'm quite a sight. And sometimes you can't see me in the light. I am a termite!

WHERE DO I LIVE?
I live in a couple different places including wood and under the ground. I live in the United States and Canada, as well as parts of Europe. I must live in a moist environment!




WHAT DO I EAT?
I like to eat anything that contains the element cellulose. This can be wood, cardboard, paper, and books. I also like to eat cotton and plant fibers If I am in someones house I like to eat carpet, furniture, floors, and window panes.

HOW DO I LOOK?

I am an insect, so I have three parts to my body: a head, a thorax, and an abdomen. I sometimes resemble a white ant. I have a wide body and I am almost transparent in color in the light. When I am in the ground I look more tan, or copper.



HOW DO I REPRODUCE?
The king and queen termite in my colony reproduce new worker termites. I reproduce in a cycle! I begin as an egg, and once I hatch I become a larvae. Once I am a larvae I grow and molt several times before I become a worker termite.



WANT TO KNOW SOME FUN FACTS ABOUT ME?
I work twenty-four hours a day and I don't even take time to sleep! I am also 1 of 4,000 termite species. A queen termite can lay millions of eggs a year.

ACTIVITIES
  1. The kindergarten and first grade activity can be found at the bottom of the page underneath the Termite Time quiz labeled 'Termite Worksheet'
  2. For grades second and third, students are to draw and color a picture of one place a termite can be found, and then write a story about that termite.

WHERE CAN YOU FIND INFORMATION ABOUT ME?
  • http://www.pestworldforkids.org/termites.html
    • This a child-friendly website about termites. It is designed for kids with its basic information and simple layout. This website also gives information about the different types of termites, instead of just one.
  • http://www.termites.com/information/facts/
    • This website covers everything you need to know about termites. It goes over everything from their habitat to their behavior. There are also picture for children to look at so they can better understand the information. 
  • http://www.termite-pictures.com/termite_facts.htm
    • This is a simple website that is great for kids. It lists interesting facts about the termite, and provides a list of links for children to learn more about it.
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Brittany Hill,
Sep 26, 2011, 10:32 PM
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