June 27, 2011

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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Lesson Plans

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Very Hungry Caterpillar Spanish Activity
  • 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?!
Hungry Caterpillar

Finally, if you like these resources, see my updated post with tons more resources!

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Thanksgiving is a special time of the year when families come together to express gratitude and celebrate the blessings in their lives. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to engage children in fun and educational activities that will not only keep them entertained but also teach them important lessons about the holiday. In this ultimate guide to Thanksgiving activities for kids, we have explored various ways to make this Thanksgiving season memorable for students and children.

We began by highlighting the importance of Thanksgiving activities for kids. These activities offer a chance for children to learn about the history and significance of Thanksgiving, as well as develop important skills such as creativity, critical thinking, and teamwork. With a wide range of crafts, games, and educational resources, you can keep your children engaged and entertained throughout the holiday season.

We then delved into the fun and educational Thanksgiving crafts for kids. From creating handmade Thanksgiving cards to making adorable turkey decorations, these crafts not only provide an opportunity for kids to showcase their creativity but also serve as a wonderful way to bond with classmates and family members. The festive Thanksgiving games for kids were another highlight, offering exciting ways to keep children active and entertained during this festive time.

Additionally, we explored educational Thanksgiving activities for kids, which included lessons and digital teaching resources. These resources are designed to enrich children’s understanding of Thanksgiving by incorporating educational elements into their activities. We also provided Thanksgiving teaching ideas, such as printables and storytelling recommendations, to help you create a dynamic and engaging learning environment for your students and children.

Lastly, we discussed Spanish Thanksgiving teaching ideas, allowing children to explore the holiday from a multicultural perspective. By incorporating Spanish vocabulary and cultural elements into their activities, children can broaden their horizons and develop an appreciation for diversity. If you are interested in more Spanish activities, a great place to start is this post introducing Spanish colors with lots of info and freebies!

As you can see, there are countless ways to make Thanksgiving a memorable and educational experience for children. Check out the various lessons and Thanksgiving activities for kids now, and create lasting memories this Thanksgiving season!




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