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There are more than 10,000 different types of ants. Many dig underground nests. Some nests go deep. They can reach 14 feet (4.3 m) underground. Other nests go down just a few inches. The ants work together to dig the nest. They also fix tunnels or rooms that collapse. As ants dig, they carry the dirt up to the surface.

Ants often work together. They help one another find and carry food. They can even form a bridge to cross a gap. Ants use their bodies to make the bridge. Several ants grab one another’s legs. Other ants crawl across their backs. Eventually, the bridge reaches the other side of the gap.

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Making Connections


Have you ever seen a colony of ants? Where was it?


What books have you read about other insects? How are ants similar to the insects in those books? How are ants different?


What other animals work together to get food?

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