The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Author/Illustrator: Eric Carle
Publisher: Philomel
Publication Year: 1979
Brief Summary: In this classic, well-known book, the very hungry caterpillar eats through a variety of food.  He forms a cocoon and emerges as a beautiful butterfly.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

  • Have children make mini book of what the caterpillar ate in the 7 days.  Label each day and food item.
  • Make your own hungry caterpillar using thumbprints
  • Review days of the week; counting: How many things does the caterpillar eat on Monday?  Identify days of the week on the class calendar.
  • What kind of food do you eat?  Make a mini book like this one, but instead, use the title, “The Very Hungry [insert child name]”.  On each page, write, “On [day of the week], I ate [number] [food name].”
  • Science: Butterfly life cycle; pair this book with an informational book on butterfly life cycles.  Have template of the life cycle with stages left blank and have students fill out.  Or, have stages present and have children draw corresponding stages.
  • Make caterpillar out of egg cartons; make butterflies using coffee filters and clothes pins, or other methods (e.g. kids can decorate butterfly template using crayons, dot paint markers, watercolor, stickers, melted crayon tips, etc.)

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • Art – making mini book
  • Science – butterfly life cycle
  • Counting, days of the week
  • Text-to-self connections
  • Text-to-text connections

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. Teaching plan at Scholastic

Accessed at: Personal Library


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