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Hey, Little Ant Activities and Lesson Plans

Teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Hey, Little Ant will love this post. It includes information about the book as well as teaching ideas and resource recommendations.

With themes of perspective-taking and making good choices, this Hey Little Ant picture book by Phillip M. Hoose is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will quickly become one of your favorite summer read alouds too!

Engage Your Students with Hey, Little Ant Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Hey, Little Ant.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with Hey, Little Ant reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

HEY, LITTLE ANT SUMMARY

Hey, Little Ant tells the story of a boy who finds an ant and wants to squish it, and an ant who doesn’t want to be squished. The story goes back and forth between the perspective of the ant and the perspective of the boy. The boy gives the ant reasons why he should squish the ant and the ant gives the boy reasons why he should not be squished. 

 

At the end of this story readers have to decide whether or not the boy should squish the ant. This story has readers explore what it is like to take the perspective of someone else when making choices. 

HEY, LITTLE ANT LESSON PLAN IDEAS

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We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based Hey, Little Ant reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • point of view
  • making predictions
  • author’s purpose

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • perspective-taking
  • making good choices

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • antonyms
  • contractions

HEY, LITTLE ANT ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
Hey Little Ant book companion
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Hey, Little Ant?

  • Lexile® Measure: 450
  • Guided Reading Level: K
  • DRA Level: 20
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.5

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Phillip M. Hoose. It was illustrated by Hannah Hoose.

What genre is Hey, Little Ant?

It is a fantasy book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 32 pages long.

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