Section 2: Lessons to Use with Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar "

Mrs. Mason's Kindergarten Class

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Lesson 1: Sequence of Events

Read the book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle to the students and discuss the sequence of events in the story. Have the students cut out the sequencing cards and paste them, in order, on a sentence strip. Use the strip to retell the story with a partner. Click here for more great ideas for teaching sequencing, phonics, math, and science.

LESSON 2: Life Cycles

Reread the book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". Point out and discuss the changes the caterpillar makes. Show video clips on metamorphosis from United Streaming as a visual for the students (you must be a member of Discovery Education United Streaming to log on to these video clips). Have the students make a model of each stage. Click here for craft ideas for making the models or use your own imagination. This is a great way to encourage creativity in our students.

Lesson 3: After reading the book, have the students use caterpillar manipulatives (bought or made from clay/playdough) to construct simple addition and subtraction sentences that are given orally.


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