The story of Shy Ant

Learning goals: Following the storyline, expanding vocabulary, creative thinking, practicing, taking a different perspective

Read the story of Shy Ant and fill in the missing words.

“Once upon a time there was an ant much like all the other ants. It lived in a nest with all its siblings. In the nest, it was nice and quiet. This made the ant feel _____ and ______.

Then, one day, the Ant moved away to a big city into a big apartment. How do you think the ant felt about moving there?

In the new place, the ant was looking around curiously. It smelled the scent of the kitchen. There were so many new scents that Shy Ant got confused. It touched the window screen with its nose tip. It felt ______ after a sunny day. It tapped the floor tiles with its toes. Suddenly it could hear the sound of its toes everywhere!

Shy Ant was very ________ about the new place! Then Shy Ant realized, it could hear weird sounds outside too.

It could hear a silent hsssssss from somewhere. It also heard a loud THUNK behind. That was ______.
Then it spotted a soft sound and it felt ______.

There was a sound of something rolling further in the corridor. What was that?”

Toddler Adaptation

If the child cannot yet name the emotions to the story., the parent can add them as they read the story to the child and illustrate these by using the Shy Ant emotion cards. Mimic the same facial expression when showing an emotion card to support understanding.