Proportions are as fun a subject to
teach as they are important to learn. Armed with the knowledge of how
to setup and solve proportions, students can tackle all varieties of
real life phenomena. The purpose of this post is to add some variety
to your proportions by introducing trivia about ants.

The majority of the trivia about ants
is taken from the following website

**Trivia Fact 1:**

*It is estimated that at any time there are more than one quadrillion (1,000,000,000,000,000) ants on the planet.*

**Possible Proportion Question:**

If there are one quadrillion ants for
every 7 billion humans, how many ants per human?

**Trivia Fact 2:**

*The average life span of an ant is 45 to 65 days.*

**Possible Proportion Question:**

How many total ant lifespans are equal
to one human lifespan of 80 years?

**Trivia Fact 3:**

*Ants are able to lift things 20 times their own weight.*

**Possible Proportion Question:**

If an ant can lift 20 times their own
weight how much could a human, with the strength of an ant, lift if
the human weighted 150 pounds?

**Trivia Fact 4:**

*An ant brain has about 250,000 brain cells. A human brain has 10,000 million*

**Possible Proportion Question:**

How many ants would it take to equal
the number brain cells in one human brain?

__I will be creating a worksheet based on this Ant exercise sometime in the future.__

## 4 comments:

Love this idea! Thanks!

Visited your blog for the first time this morning, and I am loving it. Thanks for sharing all you great hands on math ideas. Cant wait to try many of them out in my math classes next schoolyear

My classroom has had an ant invasion (gross, but better than roaches...)

This will be the perfect complement to my problem...make it a learning opportunity! Thanks for the ideas

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