Why ants? They are hard workers! They never give up! They teach us to view things from their perspective! And ants overcome obstacles! Persistence, ant style! When the going gets tough, ants keep going! Watch this short clip from National Geographic as Dr. Nigel Franks monitors how hard individual ants work by gluing tracking chips to them.
Just what makes that little old ant
Think he’ll move that rubber tree plant
Anyone knows an ant, can’t
Move a rubber tree plant
But he’s got high hopes, he’s got high hopes
He’s got high apple pie, in the sky hopes
Research the Ant
Today we will begin researching “All About Ants.” Using R.A.D.C.A.B., evaluate your resource to determine if it is reliable. When you think you have found a reliable resource, share it in the comment section of the class blog. Once we have completed our “All ABout Ants” research, we will build our own creative website using WIX. WIX is free website builder. Go to WIX to learn how to get started.
Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg
Include a list of fiction titles on your class website. As a class, create a “Five Star” rubric to review suggested books. Include a title abstract and star review on the website!
Free write for 5 minutes about Ants. You can explore yourself as a fiction or a nonfiction writer.
- Write down whatever comes to mind.
- Spend the time writing, not worrying about the time.
- Do not pay attention to grammar or typos.
- If there are any incomplete sentences or misspelled words, don’t worry. Just keep going.
- If you run into a dead end or draw a blank, keep writing the same word or phrase over and over again until something else pops into your mind. One idea is to take a quick glance around the room and choose one object to describe.
- When the time has run out, look over what you have written and circle or underline ideas that you like or that you think that might be useful for your project.
Here is an example of a story that started with Free writing:
SOME ANTS WEAR PANTS
© 2004 Marc Alan Chase
Ernest Anthilla was a small, black ant. He lived in the backyard of a little red house with his sister Julie, his mom and his dad. Ernest was in first grade at the Bryant Elemantary School. They knew at the school that “Elemantary” was spelled wrong, but they didn’t care, since all of the students were ants, and they were proud of it! Julie was in Kindergarten.
Ernest’s mom worked in a factory with other ants, sorting out all kinds of food crumbs, little bits of thread, tiny pieces of candy and anything else the ant hunters would bring in from traveling around the area each day. Men and women ants worked inside the factory and worked as hunters, too!
A little boy named Jack, his sister Amanda and a mom and dad lived in the house behind where Ernest lived. They were a family just like like Ernest’s, except they weren’t ants, they were people.
Ernest would lay low in the grass in the backyard and watch Jack play with Becky and sometimes with other boys and girls. Ernest loved looking at Jack’s pants. They were always either checkered or striped. He’d look down at his tiny, thin black legs and think, “Oh, how I wish I had pants! My legs would be all swooshy and I would have nice colors to look at all day. I’d have pockets to put all kinds of cool stuff in. I WANT PANTS!!!”
Parts of an Ant
For younger students, talk about the parts of an ant: thorax, abdomen, antennae. Have the students compare the ant to themselves. What is the same? What is different? Make a list. Post to the class blog.
And last but not least…don’t forget to include the oldie by goodie, The Ants Go Marching One by One to teach number concepts!