The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle takes students on an adventure through the life cycle of a butterfly supported with rich, colorful artwork. As students journey through this module, they will experience this life cycle first hand through the lens of a scientist as they observe a real life butterfly habitat, noting and acting out the transformations they witness taking place over time. They will take a close look at Eric Carle’s vibrant artwork and intensely study collage art along with other well-known collage artists. Math and science both find themselves interwoven in the module to help enhance students’ comprehension of the core text. Through experiences around reading, speaking and listening, vocabulary, and writing, students will become butterfly experts fluttering with knowledge.
Before you begin...
Each Artful Reading Module is flexibly designed for a 2-3 week duration. Lessons are marked for Before-, During-, or After-Reading to guide your planning. We have added a sample of an After-Reading lesson entitled Life Cycle of a Story for you to preview. Each lesson is formatted on a Teacher Lesson Card so you have all the information you need at your fingertips when it is time to deliver.
This module contains the following Teacher Lesson Cards:
- Growing Butterflies
- Butterflies on the Brain
- The Art of the Life Cycle
- A Caterpillar's Calendar
- Very Hungry...Readers
- Metamorphosis in Art
- Cocoon or Chrysalis?
- Life Cycle of a Story
- Very Hungry...Mathematicians
- ...and ACTION!
At the end of the module, you will find options for summative writing tasks and optional extensions that can stretch the module further.
For your reference, we have added images of the literacy standards matrix for this module.
Life Cycle, Metamorphosis, Transform, Cocoon, Chrysalis, Emerge, Sequence, Days of the Week
Note: This module is part of Kindergarten: Series 1. The four modules in Series 1 collectively address all National ELA and Core Arts Standards.