Hey Little Ant in Pre-First

In our recent Pre-First lessons, we read Hey Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose, a father-daughter team. (Hannah was just nine years old when she and her dad wrote the book!) After raising topics such as empathy, point of view, and peer pressure through fun, rhyming lyrics, the book ends with a question: “What do you think the kid should do?” Pre-First students wrote and illustrated their own endings to the story. What did they think should happen at the end? Should the ant get squished? Should the ant go free? What if the kid were in the ant’s shoes… what would the kid want the ant to do? Students were free to write the endings they wished. Some chose an ending in which the ant would be squished; most chose endings in which the ant lived to see another day. See below for diverse endings from Mrs. Dick and Mrs. Widness’ class!

ant 3

“I think that the kid should not smush the ant because they can go on a plane.”

ant 2

“The ant should go free.”

ant 1

“I think the ant should not get squished and the kid should buy the ant a remote control car!”

ant 6

“I think the boy should go to the movies with the ant.”

ant 4

“I think the ant should get squished.”

ant 5

“The kid should not squish the ant because ants are sweet. They should go to outer space.”

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