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A Lesson on The Ants and the Grasshopper Grade: Grade 3
Subject: English Language Arts
Created by: Niki Gleeson
Lesson Length: 1 hour
Keywords/Tags: ELA Sharing Hard work Vocab
Lesson Description: A lesson to teach kids the importance of both hard work and generosity.
Common Core Standards Covered with This Lesson
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.2: Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.6: Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.
Lesson Content: Reading
Instructions: Please read the following reading passage as many times as needed (aloud and silent) before starting to go through other lesson pages. Understanding the content of this passage is very important since the lesson activities will be all about this content. Feel free to print the passage if needed.

The Ants and the Grasshopper

It is wintertime. The weather is cold, but the ants are doing fine. They have their warm home, and they have a lot of food to eat. They can wait for the warm weather in spring. The reason the ants have a lot of food is because they worked in the summer. So now they have grain to eat. 

Grain is a kind of plant. People plant it and cut it and then they use it to make bread. The ants get the grain in summer, because that is when grain grows. The ants live in the fields where the grain grows. When the wind blows, some grain falls and the ants rush to get it. They do not eat it right then. They save it because they need to be able to have food in the winter months when plants do not grow. This goes on all summer. 

The ants work hard every day. They pick up the grain, they carry it to their home. Every ant helps. Each ant carries one piece of grain. It is hard work. They carry more than they need to eat every day. They carry grain they will eat in winter, too. They play sometimes, but most of the time they work. 

The grasshoppers live near the ants, and they love summer. They hop and play and they laugh at the ants. They say, “We have fun every day while you work every day. Come and play. You can get grain later.” But the ants say, “No, we have to work.” 

Soon it is winter, and the grasshoppers are cold. They are hungry, too. They do not have food to eat. Since they played all summer, they did not save food for winter. 

One day, a grasshopper came to see the ants and he was very hungry. “Please, ants, could you help me a little bit? I am just so hungry!” said the grasshopper. 
The ants asked him, "Why didn’t you work in summer? We did. Remember, how you played while we worked? You made fun of us and said, ‘All work and no play is no good.’ Well, now we have food and you are hungry.” 

The grasshopper said, "I didn't have the time. The weather was so lovely that I spent all the days singing. I couldn’t help but have fun. We had such a good time.” 

The ants said, “We are sorry you have no food. We have a lot because we worked hard. You have none because you played. But, we will give you some food because we are good, kind neighbors. We want you to live, so we will help you now. But learn from us. Playing is a lot of fun. But you need to work to live.” 

The grasshopper thanked the ants. The grasshopper had learned a lesson. It is fun to play, but you need to save for winter, too. You need to work if you want to eat. Next summer, he would work and play, too, just like the ants.

Task 1: Vocabulary Activity (40 points)
Instructions: Please complete the following vocabulary activity by choosing the correct meaning of each word selected from the passage and use of each word correctly in a sentence.

Vocabulary Questions

Word/Phrase: Field | Tier: 2 | Points: 40
Q1 The author says " The ants live in the fields where the grain grows." What does the word "fields" mean in this sentence?
A. To feel something
B. An area of land, usually planted with crops or pasture *
C. The underground colony ants live in
D. A goal in football

Which one of the sentences uses the word "field" correctly
A. My career is in the marketing field
B. The other team just made a field goal
C. there is an open field for cows to roam *
D. I went out and did field observations

Standards Covered with This Lesson Activity: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.4,
Task 2: Discussion Activity (30 points)
Instructions: This discussion forum will have questions for students to respond. Read the posted questions, and respond to each. Students are responsible for posting one initial and and two peer responses for each topic.

  Topic Title Replies

Message If you were the ant
If you were the ant, would you give the grasshopper food? Why or why not?
Sent on: Oct 10, 2022 by: Niki Gleeson

Standards Covered with This Lesson Activity: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.2,
Task 3: Writing Activity (30 points)
Instructions: You are to write and post here 500 words essay on the lesson this story taught you. Why does it matter? How can you use what you learned in everyday life? .... Make sure to provide specific examples.
Standards Covered with This Lesson Activity: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.6,

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