Thursday, April 26, 2012

But He Was Still Hungry!

Sounds like a teenage boy after dinner but it's The Very Hungry Caterpillar  by Eric Carle, of course. This book is over forty years old.  Originally published 1969,  it is a classic in children's literature.  This is a great spring unit for our TTh class. On Tuesday, I read the book and each child created their own very hungry caterpillar.  We help the children get their first green oval placed and then they are allowed to glue as many green ovals as they want.  Today (Thursday) the children added eyes, mouth, nose, and lots of legs. They are just super cute!

Today we talked about the life cycle of a butterfly---egg, caterpillar, butterfly.  I also introduced the word  metamorphosis because young children love big words.  We also made a beautiful butterfly to go with our very hungry caterpillar. 

  We also pretended to be very hungry caterpillars.  The children crawled like a caterpillar while we held out  fruit (painted poster board) for them to eat.  After eating, our little caterpillars curled up into a cocoon and turned into beautiful butterflies.  These pieces are out for the children to play with during center time.    You can make easy pieces at home.  Print off some clip art of an apple, pear, orange, strawberry and plum for your very hungry caterpillar to eat.   
There's more........
We put the food the very hungry caterpillar ate into healthy food and junk food.   When we chart things, the chart is blank and as I write the words I ask about letters.  

Want to do more? 
*Get out your Eric Carle books or head to the library.  Eric Carle has many great bug books--The Grouchy Ladybug, The Very Busy Spider, The Very Quiet Cricket,  and The Very Lonely Firefly.

*Order a butterfly kit!  These kits are so fun and are fairly inexpensive.  I did a quick search and saw prices from $14-$30.    

*Get some tissue paper and begin to create.  We reuse gift tissue paper from Chirstmas and birthdays for many crafts.  Get some paper and glue and have some fun crafting with your child!

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