Lesson Plan

My View as an Ant

Give students a chance to experience a different point of view! This fANTastic lesson on narrative style turns young readers into characters of Chris Van Allsburg's Two Bad Ants.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to identify characteristics of both first and third person narrative styles.
The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(10 minutes)
My View as an AntFirst Person
  • Ask the class to share what they know about ants.
  • Display the cover of Two Bad Ants and ask students what they think the story will be about.
  • As they share their thoughts, have them talk about things on the front cover that may have led to their predictions.
  • Read aloud Two Bad Ants.

Beginning

  • Display an image of an ant. Ask questions, such as:
    • Where do ants live?
    • How do they survive?
    • When you see an ant or group of ants, what are they usually doing?*
  • Provide sentence stems to answer the discussion questions, such as "Ants live ________. They survive by ________. When I see ants, they are usually ________."

Intermediate

  • Provide student-friendly definitions and images during the read aloud of the following words: tunnel, scout, crystal, delicious, nest, journey, scoop, lake, crawl, tilt.
  • Identify the terms for items and situations in the book that the ants do not understand. For example, the brown lake is coffee.