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Hey, Little Ant 


Phillip and Hannah Hoose


What would you do if the ant you were about to step on looked up and started talking? Would you stop and listen? What if your friends saw you hesitate? That’s what happens in this funny, thought-provoking book. Originally a song by a father-daughter team, this conversation between two creatures, large and small, is bound to inspire important discussions about compassion and empathy. It might even answer that classic childhood question: To squish or not to squish?

Character Education Focus:

  • To understand the importance of tolerating and respecting diversity in people and animals (insects, too!).
  • To understand how empathy toward others has a positive effect.

Reading Objective:

THE LEARNERS WILL  chorally read the book Hey, Little Ant while empathetically listening and thinking about what the right choice the child in the story should make.  

HINT: The teacher is the ant and the class reads the role of the child. Also, if the teacher can use a puppet of an ant, or a cut-out picture of a large ant glued on a stick while reading their part, it will add excitement! (Use the Hey, Little Ant script provided here.)


Writing Objective: 

  • The learners will take on the perspective of the ant and write a letter to the child about why he should not squish him. 

ASCA: Grade 2, PSA:A2.3  Recognize, accept, respect, and appreciate individual differences.

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