The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This is probably the most well-known book written by Eric Carle.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a wonderful book that focuses on the life cycle of one caterpillar with a big appetite!
Let's break down this book into skills for different grade-levels.  Much like this Brown Bear Post.
* Healthy and non-healthy foods
* Letters C (caterpillar & cacoon) and B (butterfly)
* Sequencing story events
* Counting
*Days of the Week
* Transformations (baby to adult, water to ice, ect.)
* Sequencing story events
First/Second Grade
*animal life cycles
* adjectives (big green leaf, red juicy apple, big fat caterpillar, etc.)
* Symmetry (butterfly)
* Favorite food bar or picture graph (using foods from the book).
I know the list could go on and on! If you have a SKILL for one or more of these grade-levels (not activity) please leave a comment and I will add it to the list!


Very Hungry Caterpillar Ideas
One of my great friends gave me these AWESOME story props.  They are so cool!  I use them to re-tell the story.  I start with a caterpillar puppet on my hand.  Then, the caterpillar ‘eats’ through the foods and the foods then hang on my arm.  Of course I make a munching sound while he eats!
Then, when it is time for him to go into his cocoon I put the butterfly puppet into a brown paper sack.  We count to 14 (14 days = 2 weeks).  While the caterpillar is inside sack I flip him inside out where the butterfly puppet is waiting.  The kids go CRAZY when they see a butterfly emerge!
Butterfly Life Cycle Diagram:  Using a paper plate, white bean for the egg, pompoms for the caterpillar, shell pasta dyed green for the cocoon and dyed butterfly pasta for the butterfly.
Check out this resource to help you plan a wonderful unit around this story:
very hungry caterpillar story unit