- "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" is a famous fable that teaches a lesson about lying. A shepherd boy cries out that a wolf is after his sheep when it isn't true; when a wolf really does come and the boy cries for help, nobody believes him. Write your own version of the story with updated characters and illustrate it. Or create your own original fable that teaches a lesson about lying and add an illustration. In the first chapter, Ant's principal mentions this fable to her as a warning about the consequences of lying, and this becomes an important theme in this book.
As students write their own fables, they will invent alternate ways to portray the importance of honesty.
- Create a poster or brochure advertising for volunteers to work in the zoo. Feature the duties a volunteer would have to perform, qualifications and qualities required for the job, and what a volunteer would gain by doing the job. Through reading about Ant's experiences working at the zoo, students will have insight into the responsibilities of a zoo volunteer.
Students should be ready to present their posters to their classmates.