1-2-3 Come Do A Few More Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities With Me
Last week's blog, filled with a variety of Very Hungry Caterpillars chowing down Common Core, was such a big hit, that I decided to design a few more activities featuring this adorable critter.
I love making and using graphic organizers. Anytime I include some sort of coloring activity to change things up a bit, I grab my students' attention.
With that in mind, I designed a Very Hungry Caterpillar-themed graphic organizer - worksheet, which reviews concepts of print as well as story elements.
To save you time, I included a completed Very Hungry Caterpillar template with the answers, so that you can make a quick example to share with your students. Click on the link to view/download the graphic organizer for The Very Hungry Caterpillar's story elements.
A while back, before I started my website, I used to write quite a bit for Mailbox Magazine, as one of their freelance writers. They featured over 50 of my butterfly and caterpillar activities in their spring editions.
One was a money worksheet where the caterpillar's body segments were coins, and children had to figure out the value of them. I decided to expand upon this idea, and make a coinapillar.
It's a quick, easy and fun way to review the penny, nickel, dime, quarter, half dollar and dollar coins. You can simply make one of each kind to hang up as springtime anchor charts, or make extra sets, but don't glue the segments together. Use these for an independent sequencing-puzzle center, or to play Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games.
Children could also choose a coin and make their own coinapillar. I've included a Very Hungry Caterpillar pattern for them to color, but they could also design their own caterpillar head. Completed projects make a cute bulletin board. Caption: "Caterpillars Make Cents!"
Diddling around with the coins somehow led me to clocks (don't ask...) so I decided to whip together a clockapillar craftivity as well. Does anyone else out there flit like a butterfly?
I've made body segments for times to the hour as well as to the half hour, so that you can make a sample of each to use for anchor charts. So that children can practice telling time by playing a game, I also made a smaller set.
Children glue the 12 little circles to a long sheet of paper and add the caterpillar's head. They pick a partner and take turns rolling one dice for 1-6 times to the hour or half hour and then add two dice together to get the rest of the times.
They draw hands on the clock to show the analog time for whatever number they roll. If you want children to write in the numbers on the clock, I've also included a blank clock face pattern for that.
To reinforce digital time, have students write the matching digital time under their analog clocks. Click on the link to grab the clockapillar game.
For more math with a hungry caterpillar, I designed a 10 frames dice game. This caterpillar is hungry for numbers 1 to 10. Children number the 10 frame body segments; if you want to review number words as well, have students write the numbers above the 10 frame and the number words underneath.
Children choose a partner. They take turns rolling one dice for ten frames 1-6, then add two dice together to fill in 10 frames 7-10. If they roll an 11 or a 12, they get to add facial features to their caterpillar's head. The first child to complete their caterpillar is the winner.
Finally, I saw all sorts of "wordapillars" done in a variety of ways scattered over the Internet, but no one had a pattern, so I decided to make a Very Hungry Wordapillar packet as well.
To give you some ideas, I've included a list of 31 word categories, plus a sample of an Atapillar for an at word family caterpillar.
Click on the link to pop on over to my Pinterest boards. I have one featuring more free Very Hungry Caterpillar activities. To see all of the other butterfly and caterpillar FREEBIES on my site, click on the link.
That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Talking about eating, like watching food commercials, has made me very hungry!
Since it's past noon, it's time to put the tummy rumblings to rest. Wishing you a yummy and satisfying day.
"Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love." -Sitting Bull