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|Some Ideas To Use With This Book
First Click to Watch this adorable video!
STORY SEQUENCE: Provide a long piece of yarn, a hole punch, and patterns of the different foods (apple, pear, plum, strawberry, orange, piece of chocolate cake, ice cream cone, pickle, Swiss cheese, salami, lollipop, piece of cherry pie, sausage link, cupcake, watermelon) which appear in this story. Students will color, cut, and punch a hole in each food. Then they may squence the story by putting the food on the string as they appear in the story. You may want to have your students do this while you read the story for the second time or you may wish for your students to try this after you have read the story.
PHONICS: Use the patterns of the foods above. Make cards with the beginning letters (a, p, p, s, o, c, i, p, s, s, l, s, c, w) of the foods. Have students match. To make this more difficult. Place your food patterns in a pocket chart, say a sound, and then pick a student to come up and take one food item that matches the given sound!
MATH: Initially, the caterpillar in the story is small. Provide each group of students eight caterpillars of various sizes (make out of construction paper) an 8 index cards for each caterpillar showing the inches of one of the caterpillars. Have the students work together to measure the caterpillars and then match the caterpillar to the correct index card. Walk around the room and check each groups responses. When finished have each student place all the materials from this activity in a ziplock bag. Collect each set and keep for future use.
MATH/GRAPHING: The caterpillar in this story enjoyed many foods. Prepare a graph with the foods the caterpillar ate. Give each student a small sticky note. Have them write their name on the sticky note. Then have the students place their sticky note on the area of the graph that shows their favorite food. When everyone has placed their sticky note on the graph - ask graph questions: What food was choosen the most/least? How many apples were choosen?...
SCIENCE: Use patterns of the life cycle of a butterfly and have students practice sequencing them. (little egg on leaf, little caterpillar on leaf, larger caterpillar on ground, very large caterpillar on big leaf, other leaves nearby have been eaten, caterpillar building a cocoon, caterpillar inside of a cocoon, butterfly emerging from a cocoon, and butterfly flying away)
ANALYSIS: Try making a Venn Diagram comparing this story
with The Very Busy Spider.
a Cupcake Cake like the one made by Coco Cake Cupcakes
Learn how to make this Bundt Cake here!
More Fun Things to Explore:
you need are a few pom-poms and a clothes hanger to try
this super clippy craft from Skip
to My Lou.
Caterpillar to Butterfly Cookies
|Some Ideas from Our Bugs and
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a free treat from the packet
Favorite from the packet - Printables and directions to
make a CAterpillar Apron. When finished you can
Pocket Chart Pieces to Match the Story!
Roll an Object Games are always a hit - Here is one for
colelcting the parts of a Caterpillar and then
I recently attended a Kindergaten and PreSchool Tea put on by the staff and PTA of Bower Hill Elementary School... There were many creative ideas there that are too cute not to share...
There he is hanging high. Made with paper lanterns.
The napkins were tied with fake leaves. Hole punched to look like the caterpillar had been munching!
Gotta love the art work!
So much yummy food for all who attended.
I felt honored that they
shared my Caterpillar Bug Pack (click
here to purchase)
(YOU NEED THIS BOOK ON YOUR TEACHER SHELF)
~graph how many children like the caterpillar versus the butterfly better.
~graph the children's favorite foods or even favorite day of the week.
~ measure some plastic insects
*Use the bugs to create a problem
~Find some cute clip art butterflies and color them with zig zags, polka dots, and stripes. Have them laminated, then cut them in half, and have the children put them back together like a puzzle.
|*Addition and Subtraction
Ex. On Sunday the caterpillar ate one apple and on Tuesday he ate two pears. How many pieces of fruit did the caterpillar eat?
|*Taste and compare some
fruits and vegetables the caterpillar tried.
1: Look at and smell the variety of fruits. Compare the colors and textures of the outside surfaces.
2: Cut fruit open with a knife. A child can help if using a table knife. What do you find inside? Are there many seeds? What size and color are the seeds?
3: Have a taste of the fruits. Which fruits have edible seeds? Is the inside of the fruit the same as the outside?
4: Can you tell a fruit by its smell or taste? Close your eyes and try.
|Before Reading : Show the book.
Discuss what the book could be about.
Explore creative movement like a caterpillar.
Explore creative movement like a butterfly.
Invite predictions about how a caterpillar changes into a butterfly.
DURING READING: As you read, question students on what they think the caterpillar should eat.. Distribute dance sacs. Have students creatively move inside of sacs to music.
Discuss how the caterpillar changes into the butterfly and have the students emerge from the dance sacs.
AFTER READING: After reading the story, talk about what happened inside the cocoon.
Talk with the students about their knowledge of butterflies.
|After discussing why the butterfly got a stomachache, have children brainstorm foods that would give them stomachaches. Give each child a piece of paper with the same sentence at the top: <Child's Name> ate ______, ________, and________. At the bottom of the page write, "That night <Child's Name> had a stomachache!" Have each child draw three food items on the paper and write the words using inventive spelling. Put the pages together to make the book, "Stomachache Stories."|
|Have several student volunteers create a cover and a title page for a class book. Give each child a piece of white construction paper with the same sentence at the bottom, "My hungy caterpillar _________." After brainstorming action words that could describe all the little things caterpillars do, have each child select select one word to finish his/her sentence.|
(To the tune of the Addams Family theme song)
My tummy is fat (snap! snap!)
I like it like that (snap! snap!)
I wiggle around,
I jiggle around,
It's fun being fat. (snap! snap!)
Oh, I'm a fat caterpillar,
Such a fuzzy feller.
I like to eat and eat,
This leaf is such a treat.
(repeat from beginning)
|More Great Poems & Songs|
|All About the
Caterpillar to Butterfly Life Cycle For Preschool!
All the files in the pack are centered around the life cycle.
I have a free sample below from the Preschool Butterfly Life Cycle Packet.
It is a cut and paste of the life cycle in color. The packet has it in black and white to allow for students to color.
The packet has the little book above and the pocket chart pieces too!
And who knew about these fun products???
TWO MORE FREE TREATS!!!
I suggest you print him out on cardstock. Cut out his mouth and belly. Staple him to a Sandwhich sized ziploc baggie. Once he is on the baggie, cut a hole in the baggie through the hole in his mouth. This way when the students feed the caterpillar, all the items end up in the baggie. Great way to retell Eric Carls, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Plus each kiddos can ALL take one home!!
I came across this on pinterest and tweeked it a bit to make my own hat. It turned out as seen below!
Pretty Easy. Just made templates for the eyes and used a butterfly that could be colored for the back of the hat.Click here for the printable which includes the butterfly I used if you would like to also
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle
Very Hungry Caterpillar Book with Plush Caterpillar
|I'm a Caterpillar
||Where Butterflies Grow
|A Monarch Butterfly's
||Gotta Go! Gotta Go!
|Waiting For Wings
|From Caterpillar to
|I used a popsicle stick and
placed pom poms on it to make the caterpillar body.
Added wiggle eyes and pipe cleaner for the antennae.
Painted a toilet paper roll brown for a cocoon.
Used an old fashioned clothes pin ... again tying the pipe cleaner on top for antennae (on the round end) Then in the slit I folded colored tissue paper like a fan and slid it in the slot. I opened it up and poooof a butterfly...
Connect all of the with a pipe cleaner ... one end of the pipe cleaner through the tiny slot in between the pom pom and the craft stick...Then the other end through the toilet paper roll ... the other end of the pipe cleaner gets folded over the end of the roll to secure it and slide the butterfly right over it (through the slit in the clothes pin) ... it is a representation of the caterpillar making it's cocoon and coming out a butterfly
Linda Hert - Grade 1 - Arizona
Come on over and see my Hungry Caterpillar Pins...
Board Characters or Puppets
includes grreat templates to use. A must see!
includes templates to print! Also
includes ideas. Another great site!
|Caterpillar Coloring Page||Monarch Chrysalis Coloring Page|
|Simple coloring pages for
many of the fruits and other items mentioned in the story.
|Graphics from the story -- food items||Beginning
Reading.com: Butterfly Book
Count 1 to 10 butterflies as you learn to read.
Very neat book to print and make!
|Butterfly Life Cycle Printable Activity Sheet||Connect the Dots|
|Which Butterfly is different?||Help the Caterpillar - Maze|
|Decorate a summer
String the butterflies from a curtain rail, or use small pieces of sticky-tape to attach to the top frame of the window.
|Try one of these
awesome free printables.
Love these sequence cards...
Print out and cut felt board characters; or print these on card stock and stick a magnet on the back.
Print out a book for your students or child to color.
Days of the week printables.
|Label Butterfly Anatomy||Label Butterfly Life Cycle|
|Label Caterpillar Anatomy||Life Cycle Printout|
|Butterfly Book to Print||Butterfly Quizzes to Print 2-6|
|A print-out for 1st and 2nd graders. Solve the addition problems to determine the colors.||Illustrated Butterfly Dictionary - Over 300 entries, including butterflies, moths, and butterfly terms.|
|Butterfly Fingerprint Craft||Butterfly Mask|
|Butterfly TP Roll Craft||Lots of Food Crafts|
|*Egg Carton Caterpillars:
paint, paint brushes, glue, construction paper,
Methods: First, cut the egg cartons into sections of three.
glue the egg carton to a sheet of construction paper
|Check out these cute caterpillar
crafts using your students image.
|Pre-K Pages Insects!||The Virtual Vine's Unit!|
|many ideas from many teachers here!||A great insect unit|
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