The Grasshopper and the Ants

Instill the importance of preparedness with a video featuring Aesop's fable, The Grasshopper and the Ants. Scholars watch, listen, and gain vocabulary recognition as insects prepare for winter proving that hard work pays off.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Invite learners to share what they prepare for every day
  • Point out how the moral relates to hard work in the classroom 
  • Assign the link during literacy center rotations; direct class members to listen to the video and respond by writing or drawing 
Classroom Considerations
  • The video is the first of five resources in a series of fables and beginner reading stories 
  • Play in fullscreen mode to avoid seeing user comments and related videos
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Pros
  • Vocabulary terms appear when they are read by the narrator 
  • Cartoon insects enhance engagement 
  • The narrator speaks clearly and at a decent rate
  • The fable's moral is displayed at the end of the video 
Cons
  • None