TEXT QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:

Comprehension Check:

  1. The story of an ant’s life sounds almost untrue.

The italicized phrase means—

i) Highly exaggerated.
ii) Too remarkable to be true.
iii) Not based on facts.

Ans. The story of an ant’s life sounds highly exaggerated.

  1. Complete the following sentences:-
    i) An ant is the smallest -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------.
    ii) We know a number of facts about an ant’s life because-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Ans      i) An ant is the smallest  insect we have seen.

ii) We know a number of facts about an ant’s life because people have kept the ants as pets and watched their behavior closely.

Q. In what ways is an ant’s life peaceful?

Ans.  The ant’s life is a peaceful one because each one does its share of work honestly, wisely and  bravely. They don’t   interfere in the work given to others. They never fight in their group.

Comprehension Check:

  1. How long does it take for a grub to become a complete ant?

Ans.     The grub takes in three or six weeks to become cocoons and then to be a complete ant.

  1. Why do the worker ants carry the grubs about?

Ans.      The grubs are carried about daily for airing, exercise and sunshine.

  1. What jobs are new ants trained for?

Ans .     The new ants learn their duties from old ants as workers, soldiers, builders, cleaners, etc.

  1. Name some other creatures that live in anthills.

Ans .     Some other creatures that live in anthills are beetles, lesser breeds of ants and the green fly.

  1. Mention three things we can learn from the ‘tiny teacher’. Give reasons for choosing these items.

Ans. We can learn from the tiny ants the lessons of hard work, sense of duty and discipline, cleanliness, loyalty and care of the young ones. These lessons are necessary for the happiness    and smooth working of the society.

Exercises:

Discuss the following topics in groups

 i) What problems are you likely to face if you keep ants as pets?

Ans. Keeping ants as pets is very uncommon or rare. The reason is that they don’t take orders. They have their own rules. Also, they bite and spoil the food and they do not sit at one place.

ii) When a group of bees finds nectar, it informs other bees of its location, quantity, etc through dancing. Can you guess what ants communicate to their fellow ants by touching

Ans. Ants communicate to their fellow ants by touching one another’s feelers  to give message to others about new food that they have found.

  1. Complete the following poem with words from the box below.Then recite the poem.

Hole :    kennel:    nests:   anthill :     stable:

Soldiers live in barracks
And birds in -----.
Much like a snake that rests
In a ------ , No horse is able
To sleep except in a ---------.
And a dog lives well
Mind you, only in a ------.
To say ‘hi’ to an ant, if you will,
You may have to climb an ------.

Ans 2.

Soldiers live in barracks
And birds in nests.
Much like a snake that rests
In a hole, No horse is able
To sleep except in stable.
And a dog lives well
Mind you, only in a kennel
To say’hi’ to an ant, if you will
You may have to climb an anthill.