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Read and Understand Fables: 'The Ant and the Grasshopper'

In this worksheet, students read and answer questions about the fable 'The Ant and the Grasshopper'.

'Read and Understand Fables: 'The Ant and the Grasshopper'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:   Check Understanding of Text

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

A fable is a type of short story. The characters in fables are often talking animals.

 

Read this famous fable and then answer the questions in the worksheet.

 

 

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The Ant and the Grasshopper

One hot day in late summer the ant was busy carrying an ear of corn back to her nest ready for the winter. She came upon her friend the grasshopper, who was lazing in the sunshine, singing.

"Why aren't you preparing for winter?" asked the ant.

"Winter! Who cares about winter?" retorted the grasshopper. "I've got plenty of food for now. Why don't you stop rushing about in the heat and come and sit down here with me?"

The exhausted ant mopped her brow. Although she would have loved to sit down and pass the time of day with her friend she resolutely picked up her burden again and set off.

"No thank you," she called over her shoulder. "I need to make sure I have enough food for winter, and I suggest that you do the same."

Winter finally arrived, and it was a long and cold one. The ant and her family were warm and snug with plenty of food, but the grasshopper went hungry and no longer had anything to sing about.

The moral of the story is: be prepared.

 

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Remember that you can look back at the story as often as you like by clicking the Help button.

Why is the ant carrying an ear of corn at the beginning of the story?

She wants to give it to the grasshopper.

She is hungry.

She is going to store it away for her family to eat in winter.

Find the word in the story that is similar in meaning to 'replied'.

Write it in the answer box.

What word is used to show that the ear of corn was heavy and difficult for the ant to carry?

mopped

burden

preparing

snug

What happens at the end of the story?

The ant gives her spare food to the grasshopper.

The grasshopper goes hungry.

The grasshopper finds some food.

Look at the following adjectives and decide which ones could be used to describe the ant and which ones could describe the grasshopper.

You may need a dictionary to help you.

 antgrasshopper
hard-working
lazy
idle
industrious
organised
disorganised
sensible
careless

Some fables have human characters, but most of them feature talking animals. These animals often behave in ways we expect, for example in this fable, the ant is hardworking. These are called stereotypical characters.

Look at the list of animals below, and match them to their characteristics.

Column A

Column B

wise
owl
cheeky
monkey
cunning
fox
greedy
pig

What type of story is a fable?

a true story

a story with a moral or lesson

an adventure story

The ant works hard when she could be having fun, but she is rewarded by having plenty of food when winter comes. The moral of this fable is "be prepared", but it could just as well be one of the following. Which one?

Look before you leap.

One good turn deserves another.

If you work hard, you will get your reward.

  • Question 1

Why is the ant carrying an ear of corn at the beginning of the story?

CORRECT ANSWER
She is going to store it away for her family to eat in winter.
EDDIE SAYS
The ant is planning ahead for the cold months to come.
  • Question 2

Find the word in the story that is similar in meaning to 'replied'.

Write it in the answer box.

CORRECT ANSWER
Retorted
Retort
EDDIE SAYS
To retort means to reply to something in a sharp way. The word can be used to show that someone is cross.
  • Question 3

What word is used to show that the ear of corn was heavy and difficult for the ant to carry?

CORRECT ANSWER
burden
EDDIE SAYS
Burden is an old-fashioned word for a heavy load. It can also be used when a person has something on their mind.
  • Question 4

What happens at the end of the story?

CORRECT ANSWER
The grasshopper goes hungry.
EDDIE SAYS
The story ends with the grasshopper going hungry in winter. There are some versions of the story in which the grasshopper goes to the ant and begs for food but the ant refuses to help. In this version we don't know if that happens.
  • Question 5

Look at the following adjectives and decide which ones could be used to describe the ant and which ones could describe the grasshopper.

You may need a dictionary to help you.

CORRECT ANSWER
 antgrasshopper
hard-working
lazy
idle
industrious
organised
disorganised
sensible
careless
EDDIE SAYS
Idle is an old-fashioned word meaning lazy. Someone who is industrious is very hard-working.
  • Question 6

Some fables have human characters, but most of them feature talking animals. These animals often behave in ways we expect, for example in this fable, the ant is hardworking. These are called stereotypical characters.

Look at the list of animals below, and match them to their characteristics.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

wise
owl
cheeky
monkey
cunning
fox
greedy
pig
EDDIE SAYS
Wise owl, cheeky monkey, cunning fox and greedy pig are all stereotypical characteristics of these animals.
  • Question 7

What type of story is a fable?

CORRECT ANSWER
a story with a moral or lesson
EDDIE SAYS
A fable is a short story with a moral or lesson about how we should live our lives.
  • Question 8

The ant works hard when she could be having fun, but she is rewarded by having plenty of food when winter comes. The moral of this fable is "be prepared", but it could just as well be one of the following. Which one?

CORRECT ANSWER
If you work hard, you will get your reward.
EDDIE SAYS
The ant works hard and gets her reward when winter comes.
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