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  • "The Grasshopper and the Ants"

  • An Aesop's Fable with a focus on vocabulary.

  • One warm spring day, a grasshopper was playing in a grassy green field

  • when he noticed a line of ants marching along carrying some seeds.

  • "Where you going with that big load?"

  • the grasshopper asked one of them.

  • "We're taking these seeds to our nest," squeaked the ant.

  • "But it's such a beautiful day," said the grasshopper.

  • "Come and have fun with me."

  • "No," said the ant. "I think you should come work with us.

  • it's going to be a long winter with lots of snow.

  • You had better start storing your food now!"

  • "Why worry about the winter? It's only spring, and there is lots of food everywhere,"

  • said the grasshopper as he chewed on a large blade of grass.

  • All through the spring the grasshopper did nothing except

  • eat, and sleep, and play. He became quite fat.

  • One day, during the summer,

  • the grasshopper saw the long line of ants again. They were all carrying grains of wheat.

  • "Where you going with all that wheat?" the grasshopper asked.

  • "We are taking it to our nest to save for winter," said one of the ants.

  • "You should gather some wheat, too."

  • It's going to be a long winter with lots of snow."

  • "I have all the food that I need right now,"

  • said the grasshopper. "Why worry about winter?

  • It's still summer!"

  • All summer, the grasshopper did nothing but eat, sleep, and play.

  • He became even fatter!

  • One day, the grasshopper noticed that leaves were falling from the trees.

  • Autumn had come! Among the leaves

  • he again saw the long line of ants all carrying

  • kernels of corn. "Where you going with that corn?" the grasshopper asked one of the ants.

  • The ant replied,

  • "We are taking it to our nest to save for winter. You should gather some corn, too.

  • It's going to be a long winter with lots of snow."

  • "That's too much work," said the grasshopper.

  • "Winter is not here yet, and when it comes,

  • I am sure I will be able to find some food."

  • A few weeks later, winter came, and the snow began to fall.

  • Just as the ants predicted, the snow was very deep.

  • This was not a problem for the ants, though.

  • They were all snug in their nest with lots of good food to eat.

  • The grasshopper, however,

  • had trouble finding food. He was very hungry and very miserable all winter.

  • By the time winter had ended,

  • the grasshopper had learned a valuable lesson:

  • It is important to prepare for the future.

  • Moral of the Story: Work today for what you will need tomorrow.

  • The End

"The Grasshopper and the Ants"

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    Rock Chang posted on 2015/06/25
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