Ant-Like Antics
  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark E.3 Describe a benefit of group cooperation.
    2. Standard PCS 02. Diverse Cultures
      1. Benchmark E.4 Demonstrate listening skills.

How can we gain a better understanding and respect for ourselves and others? Through the use of music and movement, children will enhance and promote self-respect and respect for others.

PrintOne Fifteen-Minute Class Period
The learner will:
  • recall and simulate the ways in which various animals and people move.
  • express feelings and favorite ways to move.
  • verbalize ways to show respect for self and others while appreciating music.
  • Record or CD of Hap Palmer’s Getting to Know Myself: "This is a Song about Sammy."
  • Record player or CD player

Palmer, Hap. Getting to Know Myself: "This Is a Song about Sammy." California: Activity Records, Inc., 1972. ASIN: B00004TVSM

  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Remind the students how the ant reacted to the child in the book Hey, Little Ant from Lesson One: Ants Have Feelings, Too! Tell them that you want to give them a chance to act like that ant and see the world from his point of view, but you wonder how we can do that in the space we have. Listen to the students’ proposals for making it work: taking turns, spreading out, pairing up, etc. Praise the students for their ideas that promote respect for the space and needs of the other students. Use their ideas and give them a minute to role-play the movements of an ant.

  2. Play the music "This Is a Song about Sammy." Listen to it once with the class and discuss what it is about. In this song, Sammy pretends to be different animals.
  3. Play the music again, but this time, lead the students in some movement activities to go along with it. Encourage them to be creative in movements of the animals. But remind them to be respectful of the children around them.
  4. When the music is done, talk about the different ways children portrayed the animals. Ask the learners to describe how they respected each others space. What did that respect of space look like and feel like? Play the music again for more movement expression, if desired.
Teacher observes children’s participation.