Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Very Hungry Caterpillar Sequencing Lesson

It was 55 degrees and sunny today! I cannot believe the weather lately.  Crazy!

Today in class we created  butterfly life cycle posters based on the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle. This was a great way to discuss story sequencing and get some science in too!

First, we read the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle (Kindergarten is just not complete without a little Eric Carle action, right!)

The students then began their sequencing project!

First we folded a large piece of construction paper into four quadrants(4 stages of the butterfly life cycle) and numbered each quadrant.

1) In quadrant 1, the students drew a caterpillar egg. The students glued a leaf(pre-cut) onto this square and colored a small caterpillar egg onto the leaf, just like in the book.

2) Next, in Quadrant 2, the students drew their very best caterpillars.

3) In quadrant 3, the students made a log and glued a cotton ball onto it, which represented the caterpillar "chrysalis." 

4)Finally, in the last quadrant(4) the students drew fabulous butterflies!

 The finished projects looked awesome! The students took turns retelling their stories to a buddy in the correct sequence.


The entire project took approximately 20-30 minutes(for planning purposes). Another successful day in the classroom:)



  1. Hi Miss S!
    Thank you for your comment! My Kindergarteners do a very similar caterpillar to butterfly poster...for the caterpillar, we trace circles & glue them together (similar colors to Eric Carle). Then they make a 2nd one, but we wrap this one up in a tissue (to represent the chrysalis. Then we glue the wrapped up caterpillar onto the poster. The kids love it because you can still see thru the chrysalis/tissue! Just a suggestion!
    Welcome to blogging! Maybe you can teach me some tricks to posting and linking?! =)

    Kindergarten Bus

  2. Such a cute activity! Just followed you! Come visit me soon!

    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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    First Grade Delight

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  5. I love this!!! Almost makes me wish I taught the little ones..almost ;)

  6. Just a thought - maybe the chrysilis and the butterfly should be swapped to show the lifecycle. Love the ideas of doing a poster though!

  7. this works great, I typed in eric carle lessons for kindergartens and this came up. we are doing an Eric Carle Week for Homeschooling. I just love this