The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

very-hungry-caterpillarSchema: caterpillars, cocoons, butterflies

Predicting: Students may repeat the line “but he was still hungry” along with you; predict the name of the next day in the story, predict how many things he will eat the next day.  Predict what the butterfly will do to keep the life cycle going.  I am predicting that it will lay an egg on a leaf.

Sequencing: Pass out felt pieces of each of the foods that the caterpillar eats and have students bring them up and put them on the felt board in the order of the story.

Text-to-self connections: Are any of the caterpillar’s foods your favorite?

Cause and Effect: Because the caterpillar ate and spun himself into a cocoon, the effect is that he became a butterfly.

Compare and Contrast: the types of food groups that the caterpillar ate; make a food pyramid and put each food in the group it belongs in.

Text-to-Text Connections: A Book of Colors: Butterfly Butterfly by Petr Horacek;  I Wish I Were a Butterfly by James Howe

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