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Language Arts




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Language Arts

  1. Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Discuss the story. Talk about the days of the week and what the caterpillar ate.
  2. The students will make a mural. Give each child a different page in the story to draw. Glue pictures in sequential order as events happened in the book. As you glue the pictures, write a short summary of what happened on that page. (Put it in simple terms so that the children can go back and read the mural together.)
  3. Writing Activity-The children will fill in the missing words and illustrate what they wrote. The Very Hungry Caterpillar ate through _________ _____________.
    Ex: The Very Hungry Caterpillar ate through one apple.
  4. Do a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting butterflies and moths.


  1. Use the butterflies that you cut from the dye cut. Have the students sort their butterflies by their color. Then they are to use the graph to graph how many they have of each color and write the number beside the color word.
  2. Class Graph-Would You Like To Be a Butterfly? (Yes, No)
  3. Have the children recite the days of the week in order.


  1. Discuss the life cycle of a butterfly. Show illustrations of the different stages.
  2. Show the different stages of the butterfly using pasta. Take a paper plate and divide it into four sections. Number the sections 1, 2, 3, and 4. In box number 1 make a green leaf and glue a white pom pom on the leaf. In box 2 glue the green spiral pasta to represent the caterpillar. In box 3 glue the sea shell pasta on a tree branch. (You may use a small stick or let the children cut out brown construction paper sticks.) In box 4, glue red bow tie pasta that represents a butterfly.
  3. Observe the different stages of the larvae turning into a butterfly. Discuss the different stages as they happen.


  1. Research information about butterflies on the Internet.
  2. Using Kids Pix Studio, write and illustrate a story about butterflies.
  3. Show the video “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.


Make a butterfly out of a paper plate. The students need to cut on the line. Then they put dabs of paint on one side of the plate. Take the plate and fold. Press down on the plate so the paint will go on the other side. Have the children cut out a body with antennae and glue in the middle of the plate.


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Supplemental information


These are good activities to do when you are teaching about butterflies and insects. In the spring is a good time to teach about insects.
You may use the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar when you are teaching about nutrition as well.

North Carolina curriculum alignment

English Language Arts (2004)


Mathematics (2004)