The Tiny Teacher NCERT Solutions for Class 7 English An Alien Hand Chapter 1
The Tiny Teacher NCERT Text Book Questions and Answers
The Tiny Teacher Comprehension check – I
The story of an ant’s life sounds almost untrue.
The italicized phrase means
i. highly exaggerated.
ii. too remarkable to be true.
iii. not based on facts.
ii. too remarkable to be true.
Complete the following sentences.
- An ant is the smallest, but the wisest insect.
- We know a number of facts about an ant s life because people have kept ants as pets, and have watched their daily behaviour closely.
In what ways is an ant s life peaceful?
An ant’s life is very peaceful because each ant in a colony does its share of work intelligently and bravely, and never fights with other members of the group.
The Tiny Teacher Comprehension check -II
How long does it take for a grub to become a complete ant?
It takes around five to six weeks for a grub to become a complete ant.
Why do the worker ants carry the grubs about?
The worker ants carry the grubs about for airing, exercise and sunshine.
What jobs are new ants trained for?
New ants are trained to become workers, soldiers, builders and cleaners.
Name some other creatures that live in anthills.
Some other creatures that live in anthills include beetles, some lesser breeds of ants and the greenfly.
Mention three things we can learn from the ‘tiny teacher Give reasons for choosing these items.
There are many qualities that one can learn from ants. These include hard work, sense of duty and discipline, cleanliness, care for the young ones, and, above all, a firm loyalty to the land where they live.
For example, the ants work very hard to collect and store their food. Similarly, each of them does their bit of work peacefully and does not complain.
The way they care for their young ones by carrying the grub on their backs for airing and sunshine shows how caring they are. The soldiers also protect the eggs till they hatch.
The Tiny Teacher Exercises Question and Answer
Discuss the following topics in groups.
i. What problems are you likely to face ifyou keep ants as pets?
There are many people who keep ant colonies as pets to study their behaviour, or to understand these creatures better. They often keep them in artificial containers called formicariums. The problems one might face as a result could be one of maintaining moisture inside the formicarium, or preventing mold in the ant habitats.
ii. 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?
Ants communicate with each other by touching one another’s feelers. They often greet each other using their feelers, which also contain their touch and smell organs. This means that they can recognize each other through the touch and prevent intruders from entering their colony (because each ant colony has its own distinct smell).
The ants are also able to smell the food on each other so they both know the food that the other has found. As ants cannot see, speak or hear, they use the touch to alert the other of dangers, or to tell them to follow a particular trail. In fact, their feelers can help them detect if the other ant is hungry. In this case, they may also feed them with the food stored in their ‘social stomach’.
Complete the following poem with words from the box below. Then recite the poem.With answers
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.
(Encourage the students to recite the poem aloud together.)