Effie is an ant who really enjoys all the critters and animals around her. She loves to talk to everyone, but how she speaks causes her potential friends to be scared of her. All the other ants have tiny ant voices and Effie’s voice is loud like thunder. As a result, she has trouble finding others to talk to in the forest because they want to run away from her. One day Effie comes upon a situation where her loud voice is needed. She saves the day and has a new friend who she can talk to for days on end.
talking to thin air
flipped in fright
Have a discussion about how our actions can impact others around us.
Being a good citizen involves being aware of the impact our actions have on others.
Sometimes what we do may cause others to feel uncomfortable or negative.
It is important that we stop and think about what we are doing to cause this to happen.
Have the students think about if they would ever choose not to be friends with someone because of one specific thing that person did to annoy them.
Discuss reasons why some people may feel uncomfortable with others (Bossy, doesn’t share fairly, etc.)
Point out that Effie has many opportunities to meet friends. All of the critters and animals she meets along the way are willing to talk to her. What seems to happen every time?
Do you think Effie is aware that her loud voice has negatively impacted her ability to make friends? (Effie asks, “Doesn’t anyone want to listen to me? pg 13). This is an example of how Effie feels that the problem lies with the others.
Ask the students the following questions:
What was the problem in this story?
Can you identify how the critters and animals felt and why?
What could the critters and animals have done to help the situation?
Tell Effie directly that she was being too loud.
Tell an adult.
Whisper to Effie, “This hurts my ears.”
*Adapted from Usborne Activities: Valentine Things To Make And Do
Before I discovered how much I loved to play hockey, I really enjoyed swimming around the ocean with my sea-creature friends. Many times when I would ask someone to play with me, they would swim away. I wondered if it was because I was so big compared to them, being a whale and all. I didn’t know what to do.
What should I do?
Should I not include others because they are different than me?
Should I change who I am ?
Should I show them how I like to play hockey and want them to join in?
Should I tell people that just because I am different, it does not mean we cannot play together?
Should I try to show others how gentle and caring I am?