1-2-3 Come Compare With Me The Very Hungry Caterpillar With The Very Lonely Firefly
Besides The Very Hungry Caterpillar, another of my students’ favorite Eric Carle stories is The Very Lonely Firefly.
I do a big butterfly unit in April, and a sampling of other insects in May/June (fireflies, ladybugs & bumble bees).
With that in mind, I designed some activities for The Very Lonely Firefly, along with a few, which also give students an opportunity to compare “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” story to “The Very Lonely Firefly”.
There are 2 Venn diagrams, as well as 2 graphing extensions and a writing prompt for this specific comparison.
The B&W “The Very Lonely Firefly” Itty Bitty” booklet, is another way to practice these standards.
There’s also a “color me” bookmark, and colorful set of sequencing cards, which can be used in an independent center, as well as for Memory Match and “I Have; Who Has?” games.
The packet also includes several worksheets, one you can use as a whole-group assessment of the story, while reviewing ordinal numbers too.
There's also a graphic organizer for “beginning-middle-end”, plus pocket chart cards for story elements.
Since my "story sliders" continue to be really popular, I’ve also included 2 firefly “slider” craftivities, which will help reinforce the sequence of The Very Lonely Firefly, as well as the ability to retell the story.
The "whole-picture" slider, is perfect for little ones as they simply color the pictures, while the "color, cut & glue" version is great for fine motor scissor practice, which helps strengthen those finger and hand muscles.
As you can see by the photograph, there are 4 options for making the head of the firefly.
For that finishing touch, add some gold pipe cleaner antennae. Wiggle eyes give it that 3D pop too.
Younger kiddos can simply make the craft, while older students can "hinge" the golf ball to make a writing prompt card, explaining why they think their dad is "tee-rrific".
That's it for today. Thanks for visiting. Time to go water my garden and take my poodle pup Chloe for a walk. Wishing you a wonderful day.
"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me."-Jim Valvano
1-2-3 Come Chew On Some Common Core With the Very Hungry Caterpillar and Me
Since so many people read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I wanted to use Eric Carle's cute little critter as a spring board to studying a variety of Common Core Standards.
I created the caterpillar template and made a list of all sorts of ways I could use it, then set about to design the details. You can choose which one you want your students to do, or give them a choice.
Teachers could also make up their own set and laminate to use as anchor charts.
Make several sets but don't glue the body-segment circles together, to use for independent, sequencing centers or to play games with.
You could also use them to independently or whole group assess the various standards.
In The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats the Alphabet, students trace and write upper and lowercase letters.
I've also included a set where a bit of the butterfly's life cycle is also included with the letters.
Completed projects make a sweet spring bulletin board. I've included a poster for the center of you display.
The packet also includes an alpha-pillar craftivity teachers can make, which features upper or lowercase letters, which actually look like the background pattern of Eric Carle's book!
These make a wonderful border, or puzzle center as well.
There's also a set of uppercase, as well as lowercase (12-on-a-page) letter cards, with matching picture cards of things that begin with that letter, plus a set of word cards for those objects, which provides a variety of center activities and games.
I also made a set of 2-on-a-page alphabet anchor charts, which feature the beginning letter object on the caterpillar's tail end.
This packet makes a nice spring review, as I find that just because I've taught and practiced something with my kiddos at the beginning of the year, doesn't mean everyone retains everything later on.
There's a blank version, where older students think of something edible that color, then write it down and draw a picture of it, as well as a simpler version, where the black line graphics are on the page for children to color.
I've also included a teacher's copy with full color graphics, so you can quickly make a sample to share.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Some Numbers, is similar to the alphabet packet.
This caterpillar counts from zero to ten, where students trace and write the numbers as well as the number words.
There are also caterpillar "body" circles for skip counting by 2s 3s, 5s, and 10s.
If you are practicing counting backwards from 10 to 0, simply have children put the caterpillar in reverse order.
I've also included a "You Can Count On The Very Hungry Caterpillar" craft for teachers to make, just like the alphabet one mentioned above.
As with the alphabet packet, there are posters, anchor charts, games and a worksheet.
In all of the packets there are 4 patterns for the caterpillar's head, plus a variety of options for butterflies.
Since I have many requests for shape craftivities, particulary 3D shapes, I thought I'd make The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats 2D & 3D Shapes, which reviews: the circle, oval, triangle, square, rectangle, rhombus, trapezoid, star, heart & crescent, plus 3D shapes: cone, sphere, cylinder & cube.
There are various options to choose from. Simply choose which "body segments" are appropriate for your students.
Older students can write the attributes of each shape on the back. One of the options also practices the days of the week.
On the last day the caterpillar rests in his chrysalis, then awakens as a beautiful 3 dimensional butterfly with the various shapes on its wings.
Since telling time is also a standard, I made a "clock-apillar" which reinforces time to the hour and half hour.
Use as a whole-group craftivity, game, center or assessment tool.
Like wise, we are also studying coins at this time, so I made a "coin-apillar" too.
These caterpillars feature a penny, nickel, dime, quarter, half dollar and dollar coins.
Finally, if you want to practice reading with a very hungry caterpillar, your kiddos will enjoy making the versatile "Word-apillar".
I use this craftivity as a super-fun way to build vocabulary and practice whatever “word work” I want to reinforce: Dolch & Fry sight words, word-family words, seasonal words, whatever...
I’ve included a list of 31 “word work” ideas, along with ideas for games you can play after you choose your words.
Whew! That's a lot of Very Hungry Caterpillar options! I hope they help your kiddo-caterpillars blossom into smart little butterlies!
Today's FREEBIE also features a butterfly.
It's one of my personal favorite spring craftivities, which makes a wonderful keepsake for mom, as the wings of the butterfly are a child's shoe print.
Do this with your butterfly activities, then tuck it away for Mother's Day.
Click on the link for the "Fluttering By With A Mother's Day "Hi" craft.
Thanks for visiting. I normally don't post on weekends, but I finished so many things up over spring break that I wanted to share.
Wishing you a relaxing and fun-tastic weekend.
"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." -John Dewey
1-2-3 Come Do Some Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities and Crafts With Me
My life seems to be flying by! Can anyone else out there relate? I had planned to get these cute little caterpillars done the first week of April, but the past few days filled up with so many other responsibilities, that the caterpillars had to stay in their "chrysalis state" 'til now.
I hope you can still use them, or as the life of a pack-rat teacher goes, tuck these ideas away for next year. Since so many people read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I wanted to use Eric Carle's cute litter critter as a spring board to studying a variety of other things.
I created the caterpillar template and made a list of all sorts of ways I could use it, then set about to design the details. You can choose which one you want your students to do, or give them a choice. A friend of mine liked them so much, that she plans to make 3 (a different one each week).
In The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats the Alphabet, students trace and write upper and lowercase letters. I've also included a set where a bit of the butterfly's life cycle is also included with the letters.
For example, for the Zz letter, I added: Zzzzzz sleeping in a chrysalis, and then included a butterfly pattern with the letters all over her wings to be cut and glued on the last section.
I glued just the thorax portion to the last "body" circle and bent the wings up so that the butterfly looks like she's flying.
Older students could also make a list of a food the caterpillar could eat that begins with that letter. You may want to read Lois Ehlert's book Eating the Alphabet (Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z) to give students some ideas. Click on the link to view/download The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats the Alphabet packet.
If you'd like to review just the life cycle of a butterfly, you'll want to take a look at The Life Cycle Of The Very Hungry Caterpillar packet. Students trace and write the words, then color, cut and glue the pictures.
If you look closely, you'll see that I glued down just the thorax with this butterfly too, so it looks 3 dimensional, like the larger one above. Click on the link to view/download it.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats a Rainbow, reinforces colors as well as the days of the week. Before hand, brainstorm what kinds of things the caterpillar could eat that are the various colors. Write these words on the board to help children with spelling.
Students trace and write the color words and complete the sentence with something the caterpillar ate that was that color. Adding end punctuation reviews another standard.
Children then draw and color a picture. I've included my sample so that you can quickly make one to share with your students. Click on the link to view/download The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats a Rainbow packet.
You may also want to read one of the following books for some great examples of rainbow-colorful food: I Eat A Rainbow, by Bobbie Kalman; Can You Eat a Rainbow? by Anastasia Suen; and/or I Can Eat A Rainbow, by Annabel Karmel.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Some Numbers includes counting from zero to ten, where students trace and write the numbers as well as the number words. I've included a butterfly pattern to glue to the last section if you want.
There are also caterpillar "body" circles for skip counting by 2's 3's, 5's, and 10's.
In all of the packets there are patterns for the caterpillar's head if you want it to be made out of construction paper, as well as a pattern that students can color, like the "Skip count by 10's" caterpillar in the photo.
Click on the link to view/download The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Some Numbers.
Since I have many requests for shape craftivities, particulary 3D shapes, I thought I'd make The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Some Shapes.
This is the largest packet, as I've included a caterpillar that reviews 2D shapes, as well as the days of the week. For this caterpillar, students trace and write the shape words, as well as draw the shapes.
I've included a butterfly pattern with the various shapes sprinkled on the wings, if you'd like to include that on the last "body" section. For a cool 3D effect, fold the wings up and glue only the thorax portion down.
Another caterpillar, is a cut and glue the 2D shapes on the "body" circles. Besides the standard 2D shapes, you can also choose to include the hexagon, pentagon, & octagon, and/or the pattern block shapes: rhombus and trapezoid.
There's also a separate caterpillar that simply eats all of the 3D shapes. As with the above activity, students cut and glue the 3D shapes to the "body" circles. Click on the link to view/download The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Some Shapes.
Finally, rather than make a caterpillar that covered story elements using this pattern, I made a graphic organizer - worksheet, to change things up a bit.
To save you time, I included a template with the answers, so that you can make a quick sample to share with your students. Click on the link to view/download the graphic organizer for The Very Hungry Caterpillar's story elements.
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"Everyone is like a [caterpillar]. They start out ugly and awkward, and then morph into beautiful and graceful butterflies that everyone loves." -Drew Barrymore
1-2-3 Come Figure Out Story Elements With Me
Making The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Dangler is a fun way to help students reinforce their understanding of content, as well as the following Common Core State Standards: L.K.2a, L.K.2b, RF.K.3a, RF.K.3d, RF.1.1a, RL.1.2,W.K.7,SL.K.2, RL.K.2, RL.K.3
The "craftivity" is an interesting way for students to show their ability to retell a story, as well as a gauge for the teacher to see if anyone needs help with comprehension.
The smile is the title of the story, and the circle is about characters and setting. The leaf with the egg on it = the beginning of the story, the apple = the middle of the story, and the 3D butterfly = the end of the story.
After reading the story, review concepts of print with your students. Discuss who the characters are, where the setting takes place, as well as what happens in the beginning, middle and end of the story.
When students can identify the important events from the beginning, middle and end of a story, their reading comprehension and writing ability improves.
This knowledge helps a reader understand how organization, sequence, and plot make a good story, so they hopefully will include it in their own writing. (It's been said that "Good readers are also good writers.")
Here's How To Make The Hungry Caterpillar Dangler:
Cut lengths of yarn for each child. So they don’t get knotted, fasten them to a paper plate with a bottom and top slit cut out. Lay the yarn between the slits.
Make the eye, nose and antennae templates by cutting out the patterns and tracing them on an old file folder.
Older students can trace and cut out their own pieces, but it really expedites things for little ones, if these are already pre-cut by a room helper.
Run off the body parts on construction paper. To save paper, each child gets one body part. To hang them together simply run a piece of yarn across the back and tape each section to it.
I like the more finished 3D look of giving children two of each body section. To attach, they flip their pieces over and put them in a line with ½ an inch of space between them.
Children rub glue on the back, lay the yarn on top and then glue the other half over it. I wanted the leaf to be 3D, so I only glued half of the leaf together, and let the other half stick out.
To represent a butterfly egg, I fastened a mini white pom pom to the right side of the leaf with a glue dot. I also wanted to make the butterfly 3D, so I folded the wings up on either side of the thorax.
Rub glue on just the thorax area and press the other thorax over it. Fluff the wings and they will look like the butterfly is flying.
Pass out the pieces to the children. They fill in the information and assemble their Story Dangler. Punch a hole in the top of the head and make a yarn loop.
If you want to cover even more standards, have students add another circle or make a heart to tell why they liked or did not like the story, or compare this story to another caterpillar or butterfly story and state which one they liked better.
These look adorable hanging from the ceiling (if you have front and back pieces) or hung in a row on the wall if you used Scotch tape.
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For another Very Hungry Caterpillar activity, scroll down to take a look at the next blog article.
"Garbage in, is garbage out! Pay attention to what you read, listen to, and watch." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Be A Very Hungry Caterpillar With Me!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is my favorite book by Eric Carle; it was also one of my Y5's all-time favorites too.
Because so many teachers read this book, as well as study butterflies some time during the school year, I decided to make a variety of lessons that incorporate this hungry little guy.
Hopefully your students will have fun gobbling up the lessons too!
A quick and easy way to review the Common Core Standards that involve "parts of a book" is to have students make their own caterpillar anchor chart cover.
Anchor charts are a terrific way to help students understand concepts and retain information.
This one reviews the parts of a book. I've included a teacher's poster + a template for students to make their own mini anchor chart.
To make it more of a keepsake, have students make the body of their caterpillar by dipping their index finger into a dab of paint, or inked stamper.
Click on the link to view/download The Very Hungry Caterpillar Parts Of A Book anchor chart activity.
Since the caterpillar is starving, why not feed him a variety of letters, numbers, and shapes as a quick and easy way to whole-group assess your students.
I've also included color as well as black and white picture cards, of all of the items the caterpillar ate in the story. Pass them out to your students and have them feed the caterpillar when you come to that part in the story.
Afterwards, see if they can sequence the cards in the order that the caterpillar ate them.
This 50-page packet also includes:
Click on the link to view/download The Very Hungry Caterpillar activity packet.
Finally, if you are still working on counting to 100/120 with your students, I think you'll enjoy The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats 100 Things booklet.
This packet includes:
Students trace and write numbers & number words, as well as the time, drawing the appropriate hands on the clock.
They also circle the capital letters and add end punctuation. Children cut and glue the groups of 10 pieces of food to their matching numbered boxes, as they count by 10's to 100.
As you can see, a lot of Common Core Standards are covered in 1 easy reader!
Click on the link to view/down load The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats 100 Things.
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"Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on the door forever." -Unknown