1-2-3 Come Feed The Very Hungry Caterpillar With Me!
Because Eric Carle’s story, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” lends itself to “feeding” a caterpillar, I designed “Mr. Munch” as a quick, easy and super-fun way to review not just the story, but all sorts of standards!
“My caterpillar’s hungry. His name is Mr. Munch. He likes to eat all sorts of things, especially for lunch”. Is the poster poem I start the lesson with.
After reading the story, I pass out the life cycle of a butterfly cards, as well as the food cards to my students.
My Y5s absolutely love sequencing and retelling the story “feeding” Mr. Munch, as they drop the cards into his “mouth” in the appropriate order.
Simply attach the caterpillar pattern to the top of a Kleenex box, or large, ZipLock Baggie.
There are 2 caterpillar head options, with 3 size choices.
I included a small, 4-on-a-page size, so students can make their own very hungry caterpillar, which they attach to a ZipLock Baggie.
This is an inexpensive and fun way for them to practice reading words to a classmate or reading buddy.
Each time they play, run off a different set of word cards on a different color paper.
In the end they’ll have a Baggie full of words that they can read, and a nifty activity to take home for more practice during the summer.
They can also pull X amount of cards from their caterpillar’s “belly” to do the various “word-apillar” worksheets with.
In addition to “feeding” the caterpillar, you can use the cards in a ton of other ways; as the versatility of the cards makes them adaptable for games, centers, and assessing.
I’ve included a tip list of ideas, including my students’ favorite “Kaboom” game, plus 15 worksheets”, which are perfect for Daily 5, table top lessons, a sub folder, early finishers, or homework.
Besides the cards that directly relate to the story (life cycle & food) I’ve also included:
* A set of days of the week cards
* 2D shape cards, with matching shape words, with 13 options.
* Time to the hour and half hour analog clock cards, with a blank set to program with additional times.
* Number word cards from 0-22
* Number cards from 0-140, with a blank set of caterpillar cards to program with more numbers, as well as an odd & even sorting mat.
* Math symbol cards(+ — = < > ), so children can make equations
* A set of ordinal number food cards
* Alphabet cards showing both upper & lowercase letters, as well as separate cards for each.
* Mini word cards for ALL of the Dolch word lists. Each set has its own graphic so they are easy to sort.
* 570 mini, long & short vowel word cards (60 on 1 page) with a sorting mat and sorting cup game.
* Word family cards for 22 word families, with blanks to program more. Plus…
*“The Caterpillar Creeps” game, plus ...
* Each set of cards comes with a matching “Itty Bitty” booklet.
It took almost a month of work to complete The Very Hungry Caterpillar packet!
However, I felt it was time well spent, as the versatility makes this something you can do throughout the year, hauling out your hungry caterpillar anytime you want to reinforce and practice all sorts of things.
Since Mother's Day is just around the corner, today's FREEBIE is a quick, easy & fun Mother's Day "keepsake" craftivity made with a child's fingerprints.
Here's the poem that's part of the card:
"I've left some little fingerprints on just about every wall. On furniture, doors and windows, I've really marked them all. Here are some that won't rub off, to remember when I was small. Because I'll love you forever, even when I'm big and tall."
Well that's it for today. I have an entire pile of weather activities I want to get done, so it's lucky the current weather is chilly and not providing a temptation to be outside playing in my garden.
Wishing you a stress-free day filled with everything you enjoy the most.
"A Mother's heart is the child's classroom." -Henry Ward Beecher
1-2-3 Come Do Some Earth Day Activities With Me!
Earth Day is April 22nd, so I'm posting 6 quick, easy and fun activities you can do to help celebrate our earth, and practice a variety of standards as well.
First up is a super-cute, newsprint craftivity. To help recycle, students trace the cat or dog template on an interesting looking section of the newspaper, or page in a magazine, that's free of pictures.
They cut out their animal, mount it on a sheet of construction paper and add facial features.
I've included "headers" for each one, as well as dog/cat tags with a recycle symbol on them, which can be tied on a piece of ribbon or yarn to make a collar, and add a bit of 3D pizzazz.
Older students can complete the writing prompt: Why "It's a dog gone good idea to reduce, reuse and recycle" or why doing those things makes "'purr-fect' sense" on the back of their paper.
Completed projects make an adorable Earth Day bulletin board. I've included six, "reduce, reuse & recycle" photo posters to introduce the lesson, then use in your display.
Another recycle art craftivity I call "Shape Up!" You can do it anytime, but it's especially appropriate for Earth Day, as students can see first hand how they can reuse old magazines, and recycle them into a piece of art.
I've included patterns for a circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, trapezoid, rhombus, heart, star and crescent.
Run off whatever 2D shapes you're working on, then give your students a choice. They choose however many strips they need to fill in that shape, glue them on, then flip their paper over and trim.
Completed projects turn out absolutely awesome and make a great bulletin board.
Display as is, or mount on a variety of bright colors of construction paper. Use the "Shape Up!" poster for the center of your display.
I've also included a pattern for "prize ribbons" in all of the shapes listed above.
Have students pick the one that matches their collage, then write their name, the shape name and a title of their shapely piece on the "ribbon tag". Hang these along side children's "masterpieces".
The "Give a Hoot. Don't Pollute!" is also an interesting way to review 2D shapes, and has several options.
I use this as a whole group, "listening & following directions" activity, where students listen to the spatial directions, then glue that particular shape on their owl.
For some 3D pizzazz, cut the beaks on a fold so they flip up, and fold the wings in half. (See photo).
The other version is the shapely owl on a worksheet. Simply run off on tan construction paper for children to color and trim. After everyone is done, discuss what pollution is and why we should give a hoot about it.
Older students can write their thoughts out on the owl worksheet (2 options) then glue it to the back. Punch a hole at the top, tie a yarn loop, and suspend from the ceiling.
I’ve also included an “I give a hoot! I don’t pollute” bookmark in color, plus black & white.
Another writing prompt craftivity is "Be A Litter Leader, Not A Litterbug"
Children color the litterbug, staple a Dixie cup to the base, then wad up some scrap paper and fill it.
The packet also includes a writing prompt for older students. Use the "Be a litter leader not a litterbug" poster to introduce the lesson, then for the center of your bulletin board display.
I have my kiddos raise their hand and promise, as well as sign the contract. They enjoy helping me clean up litter from our playground, and receive a bookmark (color or B&W) plus a "slap bracelet" afterwards.
Without fail, someone starts singing the enclosed poster song, then everyone chimes in.
Another Earth Day writing prompt option is to make a class book. My students love contributing a page to our class-made books.
After I explain what it means to reduce, reuse and recycle, we discuss ways that even young children can make a difference. My students are always amazed at the many simple things they can do to help out.
I list them on the board, so they can refer to our ideas as they complete their own page. There are 2 cover options, plus 5 "inside" pages to choose from, or run them all off and give students a choice.
When we read our booklet aloud, the child who wrote that page comes up and shares theirs.
Finally, "Time To Recycle" is a quick, easy & fun game that practices telling time to the hour, while reviewing things we can recycle.
Children pick a partner and take turns rolling 1st one dice for numbers 1-6, then 2 dice, adding them together for numbers 7-12.
They glue the matching numbered square, depicting a recycled item on their clock. The first one to complete their clock is the winner. There are several options for this activity as well.
Today's FREEBIE is another fun game you can play on Earth Day. It's a color matching game that I call "Keep Our Earth Bright & Beautiful"
Little ones can match earth to earth, while older students can practice their color words and match a colorful earth to its color word.
Well that's it for today. I hope you and your kiddos have a super-de-dooper Earth Day.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not.” - Dr. Seuss (The Lorax)
1-2-3 Come Do Some More Butterfly & Caterpillar Activities With Me
Is April flying by for you too? Here are a few more super-fun butterfly & caterpillar activities that practice a variety of standards.
The puzzles help reinforce sequencing numbers, counting from 1-10, 11-20, as well as counting backwards from 10-1, plus skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, and 10s.
For something new, I've also included a set of alphabet letter puzzles as well. (Aa-Jj, Kk-Tt, Qq-Zz)
Choose which puzzles are appropriate for your students. Print on a variety of colors of construction paper or card stock. Trim and keep in their own Ziplock Baggie in your math & alphabet centers. These are also fun for your students to make one of their own.
Have them trace & write the numbers/letters then trim. They can pick a partner and play "Speed Sequence" with them, to see who will be the first to complete their butterfly.
Besides these "shape" puzzles, another packet includes 50 regular number puzzles for The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Some are vertical, others horizontal. They come in color plus black and white and are a super-fun way to review Eric Carle's story, as well as practice the life cycle of a butterfly.
Another math center activity featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a 10 frames game, which reinforces numbers 1-10, number words, groups/sets, and addition.
Children pick a partner and take turns rolling one dice to fill in 10 frames 1-6; then use two dice, and add them together, to fill in 10 frames 7-10.
Before starting the game, children number the body segments. To reinforce number words, have them write the number above the 10 frame and the number word underneath.
If a child rolls an 11 or 12 they get to draw facial features on their caterpillar's head. The first one who completes their caterpillar is the winner.
Each month I do a glyph with my students, so I designed a butterfly one for April.
Glyphs are a quick, easy and fun way to get to know your students better, at the same time practice listening and following directions.
Because each glyph is different, they make a terrific bulletin board display. No matter what grade I taught, my kiddos absolutely LOVED making glyphs.
In April I'm also trying to get my students to improve their writing by using adjectives, which help make sentences "come alive" because they are more descriptive.
Caterpillars and butterflies are a perfect vehicle for that, thus the reason behind the "print & go" Butterfly Caterpillar Adjective Worksheets, great for Daily 5 word work, or your writing block.
I’ve included 28 photographs of real caterpillars, along with an assortment of 32 butterfly photos. There are 4 on a page. Choose your favorites, print, laminate & trim, then have students take a look and pass them around.
Afterwards, discuss what an adjective is, and brainstorm a list of words that describe caterpillars and butterflies. Students then write as many words as they want on each of the worksheets.
Remind students to color the pictures, then include those words on their worksheet as well. I've also included a "trace, cut & glue" option for younger students.
For more word work practice, after students complete their worksheets, have them write some sentences on the 8 choices of “stationery” provided, using the adjectives that they thought of.
Finally, to practice colors and color words, I designed a 3D Caterpillar Paper Chain Craft.
I’ve included word strips for all of the colors pictured, plus optional spellings for gray & grey.
Since a lot of teachers study rainbows in March, I decided to add a snake head pattern as well, making this a fun activity for St. Patrick's Day too.
Today's FREEBIE is entitled "Butterfly UT Word Play" and features 3 different worksheets with a butterfly theme, perfect for Daily 5 word work activities.
Students fill in the UT to make words; + trace, write and alphabetize words that rhyme with butter as well as fly.
It's an "oldie but goodie" that I designed years ago before all of the design programs I use now.
3 different worksheets with a butterfly theme.
Students fill in the UT to make words; + trace, write and alphabetize words that rhyme with butter as well as fly.
Includes a mini certificate of praise.- See more at: http://teachwithme.com/downloads/item/3042-978#sthash.yIR0lIO4.dpuf
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
I've got so many "idea piles" on my desk for Mother's Day, I best get to sifting and sorting to see what fun things I can come up with for May.
Wishing you a productive and fun-filled day.
1-2-3 Come Do Some Earth Day Activities With Me
Since Earth Day is just around the corner (April 22nd), I thought I'd design some quick, easy and fun writing prompt craftivities.
Tossing in a bit of craftiness to a writing activity, grabs my students' attention and gets them excited to start writing. With that in mind, I came up with the Earth Day: Lend A Helping Hand Dangler.
Students can choose to dangle their "writing prompt" circles vertically under their hand, or they can glue them together to form a sphere (like the earth).
The child's hand print makes this a sweet keepsake craft. PK children can skip the writing prompts and simply color their circles.
Completed projects look wonderful swirling and twirling from the ceiling.
Another Earth Day hand print craftivity I call "Reach Out!"
After studying the importance of taking care of our earth and discussing the fact that even little children can make a difference, I’d give a few directions, and tell my Y5s that they were going to be part of Mrs. Henderson’s “Kids Care Cleanup Crew”. (Name badge included.)
Each child got a pair of non latex gloves and armed with their own plastic grocery sack to put litter in, we’d hit the playground when no one was using it. My kiddos absolutely LOVED running around picking up all sorts of debris. They were always very proud of themselves.
Afterwards we'd do the craftivity. Adding flat-backed "jewels" to "rings" and polish to the nails on their hand print, was a big "woo hoo" for the girls.
Older students can complete the writing prompt (2 options) and glue it to the back of their poster. Younger kiddos can color their poster-poem certificate and glue that to the back. Punch a hole at the top, tie on a yarn loop and suspend from the ceiling.
Next up is a "What's In Your Garbage?" writing prompt craft, which features a teachable moment to review the cylinder shape by making the garbage can "windsock". (The writing prompt is completed on the colorful "ribbon" strips.)
In general, I don’t think students realize what or how much garbage their family throws away, nor the importance of recycling, which they soon discover isn’t all that difficult, thus the reason behind this craftivity, which includes ...
* A letter to parents,
* A “Tally Time” data collection worksheet
* Graphing worksheet with a matching . . .
* Whole-group graphing activity
* 2 writing prompt worksheets (boy & girl options), plus . . .
* A 3D writing prompt craftivity (“I Can Reduce, Reuse and Recycle" garbage can dangler) to pull it all together. Add a school photo for that finishing touch.
"I CAN Make A Difference" is another "dangler", which is one of my students' favorites. I think it's because they really like the eye graphic with the recycle symbol inside the pupil.
Older students can write how they can make a difference on the back of their "dangler", while PK kiddos simply do the craft.
Run off the R (for reduce, reuse & recycle) on a variety of colors of construction paper. Children choose one and trim. They can either write the 3 Rs on their letter, or cut & glue the labels.
The packet also includes a boy/girl "promise pledge" for added accountability. Plus separate "How I can make a difference" writing prompt worksheets, which can be done as a whole-group activity, with younger students on the "How WE can make a difference" paper.
The patterns come on a full page, as well as a smaller, 2-on-a-page pattern for PK. Add extra pizzazz with a school photograph.
Finally, my personal favorite is the "Reduce Your Envoronmental Footprint" writing prompt craft. I'm sure your girls will enjoy making a 3D flip flop and adding a flower as much as mine do.
Read my background information about environmental footprints, and share a few things with your students. I've added a checklist of things even a child can do to help reduce their footprint.
You can do this as a whole-group discussion. I’ve also included a page of links with lots more interesting information.
There are several options for the “craftivity”. For that “keepsake” effect for younger kiddos, or to add a nice variety to your display, have students trace their foot with their shoe on.
I’ve also included 5 other footprint options, as seen on the cover. Older students complete the writing prompt, starting on the front of their shoe, then completing their thoughts on the back.
Children can glue their shoe to the large earth pattern which they’ve colored, or older students can make the 3D earth sphere, by gluing the 3, smaller earth-circles together. Completed projects look awesome swirling & twirling from the ceiling.
Today's FREEBIE also centers around Earth Day and is an "Every Day Should Be Earth Day!" bookmark.
I've included a 4-on-a-page pattern in color, as well as black & white, so students can enjoy coloring their own.
Older students can explain "why" they think "Every day should be Earth Day" on the back of their bookmark, then share with their classmates.
Well that's it for today; thanks for stopping by. I hope you found something useful. To help celebrate Earth Day, all of the above writing prompt crafts are on sale for just $1.95.
It's FINALLY spring here in Michigan, and a gorgeous 73 degress, so it's time for a much-needed break. Wishing you a happy-go-lucky day.
"Look deep into nature, then you will understand everything better." -Albert Einstein
1-2-3 Come Do Some Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities With Me
My students absolutely love Eric Carle's story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It's one of my favorites too, and is the inspiration behind the 6 caterpillar craftivities that I'm featuring today.
The “smile” of the caterpillar says the title of the story. The circle "body segment" features the characters and setting, with an optional "problem-solution" circle.
Students write a brief description about the beginning of the story on the leaf, something about the middle on the apple, then concluding with the end of the story, which is written on the butterfly.
Add extra 3D pop & pizzazz by giving students two leaves and two butterflies. They fold the leaf in half and glue to one side, and attach the thorax of the top butterfly to the one on the bottom.
I also gave my kiddos a tiny white pom pom that they attached to the leaf with a glue dot, to represent an egg. This way I could also review the life cycle of a butterfly. The 3D options take just a few minutes and really add the “Wow! factor".
Completed projects look awesome dangling from the ceiling, or hung as a border along the top of a hallway wall.
Another way you can retell the story is with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Telling Slider craftivity.
There are 2 caterpillar options. Choose one, or give children a choice. Children color their caterpillar, then color, cut and glue their slider together.
As they pull on the end of the “slider” the various pictures go through the caterpillar’s “tummy window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their caterpillar home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.
Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.
Besides a slider, my students also enjoy practicing this standard with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Wheel.
It's a quick, easy & fun way to assess comprehension and practice sequencing, as well as retelling a story.
There are full color patterns to use for centers, as well as a sample to share, plus a black & white pattern, so your students can make their own.
As a comprehension-assessment tool, and for fine motor practice, another option is to have students cut up the picture sections, then glue them to the blank wheel in the appropriate order.
I've also included "Sequence the Story” Puzzles. Use the full-color versions for an independent center, and print the black and white pattern, so children can color, cut and arrange their own puzzle.
Besides the picture puzzles, I’ve also included “word slices” so you can practice recognizing the vocabulary for this story.
There are also 2 writing prompt worksheets, where students write what happened in the story, or explain why they’d rather be a butterfly or caterpillar.
Follow up checking comprehension with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Elements worksheet, which can be completed as homework, or tucked in a sub-folder.
I've included a completed sample, so that you can quickly and easily make an example to share with your students.
You can also review the story while students practice their grammar skills, with the "Fix The Sentence" packet.
These 32, caterpillar/butterfly-themed, sentence cards, are also a quick, easy and fun way to review the life cycle of a butterfly.
Students practice rules for appropriate grammar for capitalization and end punctuation. Simply read the cards together as a whole group to practice a lot of sight words as well.
Choose a student to come up and using a dry erase marker, circle letters that should be capitalized and then add end punctuation. (period, question mark & exclamation point).
You can do this on a whiteboard, with a pocket chart or pass one card out to each child to correct. I've also included a set of mini-cards, so that students can work on the sentences independently.
Finally, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is perfect for a "Devouring Words & Books" challenge, which will build vocabulary, reading fluency and motivate students to read more.
Run off the caterpillar pattern on a variety of colors of construction paper or card stock, then give students a choice.
A word-apillar can be sight words, word wall words, seasonal vocabulary words, or specific to the life cycle or study of butterflies, with science vocabulary like metamorphosis, chrysalis, proboscis, etc.
It’s also a fun way for students to practice their spelling words, or complete their word work portion of Daily 5. I’ve provided 2 pattern pages of extra “body segments” so students can make a really long caterpillar.
Today's FREEBIE is a set of butterfly alphabet cards. There are 3 sets: one has both the upper and lowercase letters on them, as well as a set with each, so you can play Memory Match and "I Have; Who Has?" games.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Gotta rush as it's my grandson's 6th birthday and we are off to a "Jump" party.
Wishing you a happy and carefree day.