The Tiny Teacher – NCERT Solutions

Q. The story of an ant’s life sounds almost untrue. The italicised phrase means

  1. highly exaggerated
  2. too remarkable to be true
  3. not based on facts

Ans. highly exaggerated.

Q. Complete the following sentences.

  1. An ant is the smallest, ____________________.
  2. We know a number of facts about an ant’s life because ________________

Answer

  1. insect we have seen.
  2. people have kept the ants as pets and watched their behaviour closely.

Q. In what ways is an ant’s life peaceful?

Ans. The ants live in peace because each one does its share of work honestly, wisely and bravely. They don’t interfere in the work given to others. They never fight in their group.

Q. How long does it take for a grub to become a complete ant?

Ans. The grubs take in three to six weeks to become cocoons and then to be a complete ant.

Q. Why do the worker ants carry the grubs about?

Ans. The grubs are carried about daily for airing, exercise and sunshine.

Q. What jobs are new ants trained for?

Ans. The new ants learn their duties from old ants as workers, soldiers, builders, cleaners, etc.

Q. Name some other creatures that live in anthills.

Ans. Some other creatures that live in anthills are beetles, lesser breeds of ants and the open fly.

Q. Mention three things we can learn from the ‘tiny teacher’. Give reasons for choosing these items.

Ans. We can learn from the tiny ants the lessons of hard work, sense of duty and discipline, cleanliness, loyalty and care for the young ones. These lessons are necessary for the happiness and smooth working of the society.

Q. What problems are you likely to face if you keep ants as pets?

Ans. Keeping ants as pets is very uncommon or rare. The reason is that they don’t take orders. They follow their own rules. Above all, they bite and spoil the food.

Q. When a group of bees finds nectar, it informs other bees of its location, quantity, etc. through dancing. Can you guess what ants communicate to their fellow ants by touching one another’s feelers?

Ans. By touching one another’s feelers, the ants give message to others about new-found food.

Q. Complete the following poem with words from the box below.

hole, kennel, nests, anthill, stable

Soldiers live in barracks
And birds in (1) ____________,
Much like a snake that rests
In a (2) ____________.
No horse is able
To sleep except in a (3) ____________.
And a dog lives well,
Mind you, only in a (4) ____________.
To say ‘hi’ to an ant if you will,
You may have to climb an (5) ____________.

Answer

Soldiers live in barracks
And birds in nests,
Much like a snake that rests
In a hole.
No horse is able
To sleep except in a stable.
And a dog lives well,
Mind you, only in a kennel.
To say ‘hi’ to an ant if you will,
You may have to climb an anthill.

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