Example for Grade 4: Narrative – Ant Colony - ID: 715

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Ant Colony

  • Purpose: Narrative
  • Grade: 4
  • ID No. 715

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One dark night, tucked away in my bed, I dreamed something that was beyond reality.  It was something that could never happen to anyone,but me.  I was in a huge terrarium that I have never seen before.  Suddenly the terrarium expanded greatly.  Then I noticed it was me shrinking.  I panicked wildly.  I ran around the place in shock, but then I saw a hill.  As I ventured up on the hill I spotted a hole.  I walked toward it when I tripped over a rock.  I fell in an ANT COLONY!  I soon saw an ant that was my size.  I was freaking out until the ant welcomed me into it’s nest.

Next, the ant interduced me to many ants including the queen.  The ant showed me many chambers like the food chamber.  I saw many aphids producing honeydew.  The aphids stepped out of their way to greet me.  The ant who guided me was a scavenger.  He would look for food while other ants would do their jobs.  This time he took me with him on a search for food.  We walked 500 feet away from the colony when we found grains all over the place.  The ant used an odor to attract many other scavengers. Ants all around gave us a helping hand by dragging the grains to the colony.

Then, Making it back to the colony, I remembered a soldier I met.  He let me be has right hand man by looking for any danger.  Nothing happened until a whole army of ants coming from another colony claiming the private territory from our colony.  Our colony seemed to know that the army of ants was from a smaller terrain.  The soldier used an odor to warn the ants just like the other ant did.   Ants rushed to the opening of the anthill and attacked.  Finally the other colony gave up and returned to their home.  I decided to go explore the anthill more.

Right then, I admired the way the aphids produced honeydew.  Soon later, I wanted to give it a try. The aphids were nice like the ants.  The many ants that were in that chamber liked to have the aphids around because one of an ants favorite diet is honeydew.  The aphids liked getting lots of attention.   Anyway,  I watched the aphids a little more and, tried doing it.  I could not do it. I guess it is just their thing.  Suddenly the aphids started making more honeydew.  The ants alerted each other with the odor again.  We munched and crunched on this elegant fruit until I woke up.

I woke up.  I was in my bed.  All that was on my mind was the ants.  They communicated so amazing.  I looked at my clock and, it was 6:00. I got out of my bed and, went outside to spot any ants.  I did find a colony but, one ant looked like the ant that welcomed me.  It trotted up to me and, climbed on my leg.  There I knew it was the same ant. I grinned in happiness.