Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities & Lesson Plans
Who doesn’t love The Very Hungry Caterpillar? I loved it as a child, and now 30+ years later love reading it with my own children (it has become a favorite of both of them)! In fact, there are tons of ways to incorporate this wonderful story into your classroom. With this in mind, here are a few of my favorites!
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- Next, check out this Teaching Plan from Scholastic! Includes introduction strategies, basic concepts (counting, days of the week, back and front), ways to discuss change, and a post-reading activity making caterpillars and butterflies.
- Additionally, here’s another Lesson Plan from Scholastic
- Further, a Huge Assortment of Lesson Plans and Activities from TeachingHeart.net Lesson ideas, printables, bulletin boards, and much more for your literature unit!
- Likewise, definitely have a look at the Official Eric Carle Website. In fact, you’ll find ideas from actual teachers for using the story in the classroom.
- In addition, here’s a Language Arts Lesson – Sequencing The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
- Moreover, here’s a fun lesson: The Very Hungry Kindergartner Children will write a book entitled “The Very Hungry Kindergartener” after reading and discussing the book. Reinforces writing, phonetics, and counting. Perfect activity for kindergarteners to practice a variety of skills.
Activities & Printables
- First, use these printable cards to reinforce Spanish words as you read the bilingual version of the book:
- Another engaging lesson is this WebQuest – Metamorphosis of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” This web quest is for students grades 3-5. The web quest will be a cross curricular lesson that will incorporate national standards of reading comprehension, Science, Art, Health/Nutrition, English language, Technology and Mathematics. Student ‘bookworms’ are going to evolve their way through the story and discover the life cycle of the caterpillar. They will do this by reading the book, recreating their own version by making a picture book. They will compare foods and create a graph/chart, and make up questions for others to answer about the story.
- Further, check out this Butterfly Life Cycle: Biography of a Caterpillar
- EDITED 6/27/11 to add this amazing collection of activities from NurtureStore including the one seen in the photo – seriously, how cute is that?!
Finally, if you like these resources, see my updated post with tons more resources!