The Tiny Teacher solution

The Tiny Teacher Solution/question-answer NCERT Class 7 An alien hand Chapter 1 

Comprehension Check
1. 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.

Answer: Too remarkable to be true.

2. Complete the following sentences.
(i) An ant is the smallest,——————————————

Answer: An ant is the smallest, commonest but the wisest insect.

(ii) We know many facts about an ant’s life because

Answer: We know about them… because some peoples have kept them as pets and have observed their behavior closely.
3. In what ways is an ant’s life peaceful?The Tiny Teacher Solution

Ant lives in harmony with other ants, grubs, and other organisms. They do not fight with each other and remain dedicated to their work.  So, we say an ant’s life is peaceful.

Comprehension Check 2

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

Answer: Grubs feed for 3 to 4 weeks then turn into a cocoon. A cocoon lives in a dormant state and does not eat or move for three weeks. Young ants come out from cocoon and take training for a few weeks. Only after this, they become a complete ant. So, the time is taken by grub to become complete and is about ten weeks.

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

Worker ants carry them for airing, exercise, and sunshine.

3. What jobs are new ants trained for?

Ants take training and become workers, soldiers, builders, and cleaners.

4. Name some other creatures that live in anthills.

Beetles, lesser breeds of ants, greenfly, etc. live together with ants.

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

Live with peace; no fighting; always dedicated to work and duty; Living with discipline are the three things we can learn from ants.

The Tiny Teacher Exercise solution

Discuss the following topics in groups.
1. (i) What problems are you likely to face if you keep ants as pets?

Answer: They may eat our food or spoil it.

They may bite us.

(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?

Bees inform fellow bees through dancing. Ants touch antenna or feelers of other ant and communicate about the presence of the food.

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

words: hole kennel nests anthill stable

Soldiers live in barracks
And birds in ———————,


Much like a snake that rests
In a ———————. No horse is able
To sleep except in a ———————.

Hole, Stable.
And a dog lives well,
Mind you, only in a ———————.

To say ‘hi’ to an ant, if you will,
You may have to climb an ———————.


***The Tiny Teacher solution/question-answer ***


Meaning of lesser breeds of ants:  These are other types of ants that live in an anthill.

Honeydew: Honeydew is a sweet juice from Greenfly. It is like cow’s milk. Ants keep greenfly in their anthills for this juice. Touching of the antenna of greenfly stimulates the secretion of juice.

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The Tiny Teacher Solution/question-answer NCERT Class 7 An alien hand Chapter 1 


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