- Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg
Set Up and PrepareShare information about ants from various Internet sites. See resource list below for links.
Have the students discuss the illustrations and what they notice. Have the students make predictions from looking at the illustrations.
The students could rewrite and illustrate the story from a different character's perspective; baby, dog, cat, giraffe, squirrel, Superman. Brainstorm other ideas for characters.
The students could use a Proscope HR to take close up pictures of objects. Next they use a digital camera to take a photo of part of the same object. Finally they take a photo of the whole object. Note: Proscope HR is a usb microscope that connects to a computer. It allows viewing objects closely on the computer screen. Push a button and it takes a snapshot of the object and saves it as a .jpg.
The students could use the three photos of an object to illustrate their rewrite of the story.
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Proscope HR - www.proscopehr.com
Behavior of real ants - http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/~mdorigo/ACO/RealAnts.html
Ant information and activities - www.zoomschool.com/subjects/insects/ant/
Our Animals: Ants - www.abc.net.au/schoolstv/animals/ANTS.htm
Stapleless book - www.readwritethink.org/materials/stapleless/index.html
Chris Van Allsburg website - www.chrisvanallsburg.com