Two Bad Ants: Facts And Fiction


In this lesson plan, K-2 students read both fictional and nonfictional books about ants and compare fact with fiction. The suggested books for this exercise include:

  • Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg (fiction)
  • One Hundred Hungry Ants by Bonnie MacKain (fiction)
  • Armies of Ants by Walter Retan (nonfiction)

However, with minor adjustments, any collection of fiction and nonfiction books on similar topics could work for this lesson plan.

This lesson helps young students determine reality from stories, and clarifies the difference between fiction and nonfiction. Because insects are typically not covered in many curriculums, it’s also a great way to integrate insect education into an English or literature class.


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