This is a Common Core aligned research activity on ants. It is meant to accompany the story, Life and Times of the Ant, but it could be used independently. It was written with 4th grade in mind, but could be used in 5th as well.
Students will close read the fable, "Ants and the Grasshopper" and the folktale, "The Little Red Hen." They will compare and contrast the themes of the two texts. Then students will read a non-fiction texts on the anatomy of ants. They will interpret their reading by recording details from the text. Then they will draw an ant and label its parts based on their reading. Last, the teacher will share the amazing book, Antics! by Cathi Hepworth. Students will create a vocabulary journal with words from the book.