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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
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Feb 22, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: children-s-book, animals, eric-carle

Eric Carle has a way of captivating the audience with his colorful layering illustrations and his unique method for telling the story of how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. The potential for this book expands through many different subject matters. This book can be used as an activating strategy or introduction to a science lesson about the changes a caterpillar goes through in order to become a beautiful butterfly. It can also be used in math to count the amount of food the caterpillar ate, to sort the food by categories, and to graph the different categories on a bar graph. Art and Language Arts are easily incorporated in this story. My class created different foods and characters from the story out of tissue paper and then retold the story on the wall outside of their classroom by pasting the props in order. By overlapping the tissue paper they were able to use Eric Carle's illustrations as mentor pieces. Other ways to incorporate this book into many different age groups is through story theatre, where students can act out the story in front of their peers. I really enjoy the size difference in the pages where the caterpillar is eating the food. The less amount of food he is eating, the small the page. This can help young children who still struggle with number concepts begin to recognize that two is smaller than five.

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