Hardworking Insect Families

From the Series Insect World

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Watch one of nature’s hardest-working insect families in action—termites! Hundreds of thousands of termites can live together in one nest. The termite queen spends her life laying eggs. The eggs hatch into workers that clean the queen, watch over the eggs, search for food, tend the nest’s gardens, and guard the nest and each other. But a termite family’s most amazing feat is building the huge mound that protects the nest. Thousands of tiny termites take mouthfuls of soil from ground level and climb to the top of the mound. Mouthful by mouthful, the soil piles up until the mound is up to six feet (3 meters) across! In this exciting book, you can learn what makes mound-building termites similar to and different from other insects. Close-up photographs and diagrams reveal extraordinary details about termites’ bodies, both inside and out. And you can perform an experiment that shows you how termites use scent trails to find their way to food and home again. Learn more about this exciting member of nature’s fascinating Insect World.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Science
Category Animals
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Publication Date 2008-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.4
Reading Counts! Points 6.0
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
Dewey 595.7'36
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 710
Guided Reading Level T
ATOS Reading Level 4.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 119827
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, and Sidebars

Author: Sandra Markle

Sandra Markle is the author of numerous award-winning books for children. A former elementary science teacher, she is a nationally-known science education consultant. Markle has received many honors for her series Animal Predators, Animal Scavengers, and Animal Prey. Several titles have been named as National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)/Children’s Book Council (CBC) Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, and Animal Predators was honored as a Top 10 Youth Nonfiction Series by Booklist. Markle is also the author of the Insect World series and several single titles. Her book Rescues! was named a Best Book by the Society of School Librarians International and a Recommended Title of Outstanding Nonfiction by the National Council of Teachers of English’s (NCTE) Orbis Pictus Award committee; Animal Heroes was named a 2008 Lasting Connections title by Book Links. Markle lives in Lakewood Ranch, Florida with her husband, photographer Skip Jeffery.


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2008


Library Media Connection

“These volumes have color photos of interesting insects and will make good browsing materials or research volumes. . . Everyone from my 18 month old to my 17 year old enjoyed these books.”
Library Media Connection


“With outstanding color photography accompanied by clear, scientific text, the Insect World series provides a close-up look at the life cycle and habits of some amazing organisms. . . It’s easy to understand why Markle is an award-winning nature writer. This series of books would be ideal for a class studying life cycles or as a reference set for libraries.”

School Library Journal

“These books will please report writers, budding entomologists, and anyone who expects children’s nonfiction to be as carefully documented as adult nonfiction.”
School Library Journal