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Feelin' a Little Antsy ~ Perfect Picture Book Friday

My choice for this week's Perfect Picture Book Friday is a National Geographic KIDS book called Ants by Melissa Stewart.


Publisher: Scholastic, 2010
Genre: Non-Fiction, Early Reader, Ants
Intended Audience: Ages 5 to 10

Synopsis: This book is jam-packed full of interesting facts about ants, along with some big, bright pictures.

Opening Lines: Do you know how many ants live in the world? More than 10,000,000,000,000,000. That's a lot of ants!

Why I Like This Book: I read this book to my class yesterday and EVERYONE thought it was really cool. It ties in nicely with our writing unit on "All About" books. The large photographs and illustrations dominate each page so that visually it's very appealing and easy to follow. There are lots of labels, text inserts and zoom-in images. The text itself can be read by a competent Grade 1 reader. It also has some attention-grabbing sections, i.e., "The Ant Man" and "Superhero Ants". When we read the section on worker ants, the kids were amazed to learn that all the workers are females!

Here are some great resources for you:


Click this image to learn how to draw cartoon ants.


From DLTK's Crafts for Kids
DLTK's has the directions for this cute egg carton craft.


Source: Crafts Ideas for Kids
You could buy one of those cool looking ant farms from Scholastic OR you could click on this image and learn how to make your own ant farm.



This is a great fictional text to go along with your ant studies.



Enjoy your long weekend, my fellow Canadians!



17 comments

  1. Any reason to pull out Hey, Little Ant and dust it off is good enough for me. One of my all-time faves. What fun ANT activities you compiled!

    EnJOY your long weekend,

    Barbara

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    1. Hey thanks, Barbara. It was fun looking for all the ant-tivities!

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  2. SUch a great post Barb! THose are such great ideas and look like so much fun. I totally want to make my own ant farm now. I've never read Hey Little Ant but it looks adorable. I love those National Geographic Kids books. My students love those too!

    Sarah
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

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    1. Thanks Sarah. NG books are always pretty good. I need to buy more:)

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  3. I have a few of the National Geographic KIDS books - all are excellent. We also love Hey Little Ant. Enjoy the long week end.

    sandi
    rubberboots and elf shoes

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    1. Thanks! You too. I started it off with an 18k run. I'm pooped:)

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  4. Melissa Stewart is such a fabulous non fiction writer - I know I would find this fascinating. Cool choice.

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  5. Lots of great ant ideas! Kids love National Geographic and it is so good for informational text. Thanks for all the ideas!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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    1. You're welcome, Lori. I agree about NG's awesome books.

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  6. Interesting book. Great for kids study. Thanks, Barbara!

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  7. Who woulda thought that ants could be so fun! Thanks for the good activities!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Patient Dreamer and Rhythm:)

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  8. I love those Nat'l Geo books. My first graders always got so much out of them.

    Kimberley
    First in Maine

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    1. They're one of the best out there!

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  9. I am on the way to the library with ants in my antsy pants to find this book! It sounds so interesting! Love the cover. And, as always, you have great activities for kiddos.

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    1. Aw thanks, Penny. That's kind of you to say.

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