The Life and Times of the Ant

Ants may be small in size, but they are mighty in how hard they work! Learn all about ants and ant colonies in this colorful, fact-filled, cartoon-like book. A Journey’s Selection. Interested in using this resource in your classroom?

Check out the posters that go along with this book: Productive Resources, Natural Resources, Capital Resources, Goods and Services, Specialization, Trade.

Comprehension Questions

How do ants build their “houses?” What productive resources do they use?

Dirt and saliva. These are natural resources. The ants make little “bricks” from these elements.

What are capital resources? Do ants use capital resources when they work?

Capital resources are tools, machines, equipment, and buildings that people use to produce goods and services. No, ants don’t use capital resources when they work.

In the story, we see ants working to do many different tasks and jobs. What are some of these jobs?

Queen bee lays eggs, worker bees do many tasks: (feeding larvae, digging tunnels and holes, guarding the nests, gathering food, processing leaves to help produce food)

In our economy, what do we call it when people do different kinds of jobs? What are examples of specialization in our own communities?

Specialization. We say that people “specialize” in the work they do. Some people are construction workers, nurses, teachers, office workers, athletes, soldiers, artists, etc. The list is endless.

Early in their lives, ants exchange/share goods. In our human communities we also exchange/trade goods and services, usually using the money. When we exchange/trade money for something at the store, who benefits from the exchange?

The store benefits, but so does the person purchasing the good! It is a basic truth of economics that, in general, people benefit from trade. There is not a “winner” and a “loser.”

Author: Charles Micucci
Published: 2006
Grade Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader Level/Points: 1.0
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers