Two Bad Ants Resource Set

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Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg

Sugar. Who can resist it? Certainly not ants! When two ants leave their colony to live in a bowl of sugar, they find themselves caught in frightening circumstances. Children will make predictions and ask questions while the two bad ants struggle to survive in their new environment.

Teach with Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg

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  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Three Sounds of Suffix “ed”
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
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Common Core Alignment
  • Asking Questions: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.7 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Making Connections: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Making Inferences: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Making Predictions: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.4 RL.3.5 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Word Work: RF.3.3 RF.3.4
  • Vocabulary: L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6
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    Two Bad Ants Resource Set

    Asking Questions with Two Bad Ants

    Two Bad Ants is an ideal springboard for teaching readers how to ask questions while reading. With it's playful illustrations and use of perspective, your students will easily form questions to clarify their understanding of the text and look forward to discovering surprising answers.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.7 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Making Connections with Two Bad Ants

    Students will have fun drawing upon their prior knowledge to make sense of the ants' adventure. Help make connections between the illustrations and their own sense of what an ant might find in a kitchen. Then show students how making connections can help you engage with books in lots of fun ways.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Making Inferences with Two Bad Ants

    Two Bad Ants is a must read anchor text for teaching readers how to make inferences. The suspenseful story and clever illustrations provide readers with dozens of opportunities to infer the setting, plot, and to support inferences with evidence from the text.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Making Predictions with Two Bad Ants

    Chris Van Allsburg's imaginative tale of two bad ants who've escaped their colony for a day of adventure practically begs readers to make predictions. Show readers how to use clues in the text and the illustrations to anticipate what will happen in the story.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Retelling and Summarizing with Two Bad Ants

    With detailed description and a limited set of characters, Two Bad Ants, is an ideal book for readers who need to practice retelling and summarizing. Show students how to find the problem and solution for each of the scenes in the book. Then prompt them to use what they've learned from looking at each scene to retell the story.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.4 RL.3.5 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Two Bad Ants Extension Activity

    The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.

    Two Bad Ants Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Two Bad Ants. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Two Bad Ants Word Work - Three Sounds of Suffix “ed”

    Make classroom reading time even more productive by using Two Bad Ants to teach word study. This book is an excellent resource for teaching a lesson about the three sounds of “ed” endings. To access these classroom-ready lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets, download this individual Word Work package or look for them in your Super Pack.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.3.3 RF.3.4

    Two Bad Ants Vocabulary Connections

    Your students will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of Two Bad Ants if they’re prepared for new vocabulary introduced in this text. And this classroom-ready Vocabulary Builder has everything you need. Download the individual Vocabulary Builder or the Super Pack for fun, productive activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6

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