Having the Queen for Dinner
Background Information: In Kenya, the main edible variety of termites only comes out (flying) twice a year, at the onset of the rainy season. So the termites really are a special treat - and the people, especially the children, become animated and joyful as they hurry to collect their delicious snack. Termites can be eaten alive or fried. You can buy them like popcorn and peanuts at the bus stop and at sporting events - but only for the first week or so of the new rainy season.
Related Lesson or Research Topics: three part body structure of insects; social behavior of termites, ants and bees; role of queen and other society members in social insect societies.
Food for Thought: Why are the queens called "queens?" (Connect to history curriculum.) What American foods have an "extra special treat" status?
Science Connection: How are insects the same and different at the same time? Make charts, diagrams, etc...