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I would recommend exploring activities involving animals which live in communities. For instance ants or bees have highly organised communities with the insects adapted for the specific role they play in the community : worker, drone, queen etc. Iím sure you will be able to find information at a suitable level about bees. It is quite simple to set up a formicarium (ant house) in a glass sided or plastic sided tank for your pupils to observe how ants set about their different tasks - in England you can purchase specially designed "ant houses" and even "ant towns" from school scientific suppliers such as NES Arnold and Philip Harris. The cheapest are about $20. If extension work is needed you could move on to mammals - most herd animals display organised social roles - leader, guard, child minder etc. and groups of primates have complex social structures. Good luck.
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