Monday, April 8, 2013

Hey, Little Ant!

I’ve been slacking on remembering to bring my camera to school, so I keep forgetting to snap some pics of what we’ve been up to!  We’ve been goin’ buggy these last couple of weeks and I just wanted to quickly share some of our writing “ant”ics :)

We started our little insect unit learning about our favorite little picnic pests. We read a few little non-fiction books about ants and then followed it up with one of the cutest fiction stories, “Hey, Little Ant” by Phillip and Hannah Hoose.  LOVE this book!!


We did a little response to text writing craftivity to pull it all together.  Y’all…these crack me RIGHT up!!!!  HA!!  The kids did a great job writing their own ending(s) to the story!

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We’re continuing our study on insects this week, so I can’t wait to come back with more!!  In the meantime, here’s a little freebie incase you’d like something else to add to your files :)

Hey Little Ant

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  1. This is such a great idea and I love the story! The link to the craftivity is not working for me :(
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. BOO Heidi! Just checked it and it works on my end. Darnit! Try clicking the pic again and see if that helps!!! I'll try some troubleshooting on my end!!!

  2. I love this book!!! I have been observed doing this story and I also have the listening center.

    This is a cute addition.

    Thank you
    :o) V.
    Special Teacher for Special Kids

  3. My kids love this book too.
    I really love the expressions on the ants' faces. So funny.

    School Is a Happy Place

  4. I have this book and love it. I can't wait to try this writing activity with my kiddos! Thank you for the freebie!!

  5. The ant craftivity is so cute. Your students' writing looks awesome!

    The REAL Teachers of Orange County

  6. One of my favorite books! Thank you so much for the freebie!

  7. So happy to see this tonight... what a super cute idea! Thank you for the freebie... this fits in so well with units we cover in 1st grade here!
    Funky Fresh Firsties

  8. Thank you for sharing! Your students' writing is awesome!

    Kristine's Book Reviews

  9. Love your freebie! Thank you!

  10. I saw this when you posted on Instagram earlier and was hoping you would offer it up! So excited to do this. Yours turned out precious! Thanks for the freebie!

    Polka Dots, Checks and Stripes

  11. Love that book! Thanks for sharing the freebie, it looks fantastic!

    Love to Learn

  12. I can't wait to do this. Thanks for sharing!

  13. We read this story every year when we talk about insects. The kids definitely LOVE this book and I definitely LOVE this writing craftivity!!

    For the Love of First Grade

  14. Awwww - Cara - too fun! I adore that book for sooo many teaching points and that little craftivity is absolutely darling!!
    Smiles - Lisa
    Growing Firsties

  15. How cute is this? We use Hey Little Ant in 4th grade for opinion writing and my kiddos will love this craftivity (they are never too old for a craftivity!!!) Thank you so much for sharing this!

    Collaboration Cuties

  16. I love this story! My students performed it as a reader's theater at the school's talent show this year. We also went to several grade levels to perform for practice before the show. It is always fascinating to see hoe different grade levels vote to save or squish the ant.

  17. Very cute! Love the ant! I have this book and it's such a fun read aloud and now I have a fun activity to go with it! Thanks so much for sharing!

  18. Hi Cara, this is adorable!! Can you please tell me is that a CC font you used in the directions on the freebie? I love that font!! Thanks so much!
    Science for Kids Blog

  19. Thank you Cara! Love it! I also need to get your email address, so I can get you set up to blog for me next week. :0)

  20. Thanks so much, Cara! This is absolutely perfect for the ants that just arrived in my classroom today!!

    Lucky to Be in First

  21. I love this...Does your brain EVER turn off???!!!??? You are so stinkin' cute and creative.

    Heather's Heart

  22. THANKS for sharing. I tried it out with my class today and they turned out SO cute!!

    First Grade Lyons' Den

  23. As always, your freebies don't disappoint! Thank you Cara!

    Teaching in the Tongass

  24. I LOVE THIS! I am starting my bug unit and this is a perfect addition. Thanks so much for your wonderful ideas! :)

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  26. Thanks for the pattern. I love this book. It's the best book for teaching our Kinder Social Studies objective on using a decision-making model. Thanks again!

  27. Thanks for the pattern. I love this book. It's the best book for teaching our Kinder Social Studies objective on using a decision-making model. Thanks again!

  28. This is activity is absolutely adorable!! I might have to try to squeeze this in for next week! Thanks for the freebie!
    Ms. Jones’ Junction

  29. Thanks for the freebie! My kids always love this story. I can't wait to see what kind of endings this year's group comes up with. :)