The Very Hungry
Caterpillar
Literacy Pack
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The Very Hungry
Caterpillar
Literacy Pack
{Reading}
Life Cycle Diagram Page 5
Story Cards Page 6
Smart Caterpillar Word Game Page 11
{Writing}
Planning the Stories Page 15
Writing the Books Page 18
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Getting Started
Directions: Type 18 sight words in the spaces below. The PDF will automatically plug
those words into all of the games. Click “Save As” and give the file a new name. For
example, you might call it “Week One” or “Blue Group List Two”. When you’re
ready to make a new set of games, just type the next set of words below and click
“Save As” to create a new file. Enjoy!
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2. 11.
3. 12.
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5. 14.
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9. 18.
butterfly life cycle diagram
Materials:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Chart paper or something similar.
Black marker.
Read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” out loud with the
class. {Note: The book says that the caterpillar builds a
cocoon around himself. Since the caterpillar turns into a
butterfly, the word should actually say chrysalis. Moths
build cocoons.}
Have students use what they learned from listening to the
story to help you create a butterfly life cycle diagram like
this one:
Optional: Order a live caterpillar kit to watch the caterpillar
life cycle in person. I’ve ordered mine through Insect Lore
in the past. At the time of publication, their Live Butterfly
Garden was $19.99 + shipping.
Optional: Have students create
their own caterpillar life cycle on a
sheet of white construction paper.
In this example, students folded a
piece of paper in fourths. They
glued pinto beans on a piece of
green construction paper to make
caterpillar eggs on a leaf. Then
they glued eyes on a pipe cleaner
to form their caterpillar. They
wrapped a piece of white yarn
around a piece of pasta to make
their chrysalis and used
construction paper and pipe
cleaners to make their butterfly.
15 minutes.
VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR STORY CARDS
Assembly tip: Print the story cards on cardstock and laminate to make them extra sturdy.
Materials:
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar”
Several copies of the story cards for kids to use in partners or small groups.
After reading the story together, lay out the first 5-6 cards in random order. Have kids help you find the
card that shows the first thing that happened in the story {a little egg laying on the leaf}. Lay the card in
front of you.
Find the next thing that happened {the sun came up and pop!- out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry
caterpillar} and place that card next to the first one.
Continue organizing several more cards in order. Then have students work in partners or small groups to
order their stack of story cards.
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THE VERY Smart CATERPILLAR Game
Assembly tip: Print the game board on cardstock and laminate to make it extra sturdy. To make game
pieces, cut out the food and clip them with small binder clips. Then squeeze the metal tabs to detach them
from the clip like this:
Materials:
A game board, die and playing pieces for each group.
Optional: A follow up worksheet and pencil for each student.
Type the words you want your kids to practice on the getting started page. They’ll automatically load into
the game board.
Have players take turns moving their
playing piece the number of spaces
they roll on their die. When they land
on a space, they’ll read the word out
loud and spell it. Then they’ll write the
word on their record sheet. If a
player lands on a piece of fruit with a
hole in it, she loses her next turn while
she rests to eat.
The first player to make it to the
butterfly wins the game.
START
END
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{Playing Pieces}
Optional: Cut out the playing pieces below and stand them up using a binder clip. Invite players to use one of the pieces
to mark their spot on the game board as they play. {Note that there are 8 sets of game pieces included so that you can
set up 8 simultaneous literacy centers.
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Name
____________________________________
THE VERY SMART CATERPILLAR
Directions: As you play The Very Smart Caterpillar with your group, write the words you land on below.
PLANNING THE BUTTERFLY STORIES
Materials:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Brainstorm sheets for each child.
Pencils.
Explain that you are going to read the story again, but this
time you want the kids to listen for the caterpillar’s problem. After reading the line, “One Sunday morning
the warm sun came up and pop!- out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar,” stop and say,
“Did anyone here the caterpillar’s problem? Whisper it to your neighbor.” {Answer: The caterpillar is
hungry.}
Say, “Let’s find out how he fixes his problem…” and read the pages describing his eating. Invite the kids to
join along when you read, “But he was still hungry.”
After reading the rest of the story, ask the class, “How did the caterpillar solve his problem?” {Answer: He
ate a lot of food.}
“What happened when he ate too much food on Saturday?” {Answer: He got sick.}
“How did he solve that problem?” {Answer: He ate
healthy leaves and felt better.}
Tell the class that each student is going to be writing
their own caterpillar stories. But instead of writing
about hungry caterpillars, they are going to solve
another kind of problem. Have students brainstorm
other words that could describe a caterpillar problem
and write their ideas on a list. Possible options
include, shiny, sleepy, bored, fast, slow, smelly, rude
and colorful.
Pick one of the kids’ suggestions to map out together
as a class. Walk the class through the front page of
the brainstorm sheet. Then have kids complete their
front page. Younger students could draw pictures
and older students could write words.
When the class is ready, come back together and
complete the back page as a group. Then have kids
work on their back sheet.
15 – 45 minutes depending on age and ability of
class.
Name _________________________________________
The Very __________________________ Caterpillar
In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf.
On Monday
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One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and pop! out of the egg came a
tiny and very ______________________________ caterpillar.
He started to look for some ________________________________.
On Tuesday
On Wednesday
On Thursday
And that night he felt ____________________________________________.
The next day was Sunday again. The caterpillar…
And after that he felt much better.
Now he wasn’t little any more - and he wasn’t a _________________________________
caterpillar any more. He was a big, _________________________________ caterpillar.
He built a small house called a chrysalis around himself. He stayed inside for more
than two weeks. Then he nibbled a hole in the chrysalis, pushed his way out and…
he was a beautiful butterfly!
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On Friday On Saturday
Book ASSEMBLY TIPS
Print the brainstorm sheet front to back.
There are two title pages included in the butterfly book. The first copy will be glued onto the cover and the
second copy will be the title page inside the book.
To assemble the book, use this page order:
The first title page glued on a piece of 9 x 12 construction paper.
The second title page.
The story pages.
A piece of 9 x 12 construction paper.
The cover will look like this when it is complete:
And the title page inside the cover will look like this:
Teacher/Parent Instructions for
RACE TO THE TOP
WRITING THE BUTTERFLY STORIES
Materials:
Each child’s brainstorm sheet.
A butterfly book for each child.
Pencils.
Black felt pens or markers.
Crayons.
Tissue paper in a variety of colors.
Glue sticks.
Watercolor paints
Small bowls of water
Show the class how to copy the words from
their brainstorm sheet into their butterfly
books. Give each child his book and have him
start working.
When they are ready, bring children back
together to look at the Eric Carle’s pictures in
the story. Explain that he used pieces of tissue
paper to create his illustrations. It’s a time
consuming process they’ll get the chance to try
on their cover later but, for now, they’re going
to draw pictures that match the words on each
page with a black pen and then color it in with
crayons. Layering with several different colors
of crayon will make their illustrations look more
Eric Carle-like.
WRITING THE BUTTERFLY STORIES {cont.}
When kids are ready, show them how to create their Eric Carle inspired book covers.
First, draw a very light pencil outline of the caterpillar. Then tear a circular piece of tissue paper for the
head. When the piece is shaped to fit, rub your glue stick on the head you drew and then lay the tissue
paper on top. Depending on how bright your tissue paper is, you may need to lay several pieces of tissue
paper on top of one another to make the caterpillar bright enough.
Continue tearing and gluing the tissue paper until your caterpillar is complete.
The Very Shiny Caterpillar
This child added glitter on top of
the tissue paper to make her
caterpillar extra shiny.
The Very Annoying Caterpillar
This girl layered 3 pieces of
tissue paper on each caterpillar
part to make the colors bold
enough.
WRITING THE BUTTERFLY STORIES {cont.}
When students are ready, open the book to the title page of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Ask the class to
describe what they see. Then explain that they are going to create similar title pages in their books.
Show them how to use their pencil eraser to stamp circles on their page. Dip a flat-topped pencil eraser into
water and then into the watercolor paint. Starting at the bottom of the title page, press the eraser onto
the paper making a circle. Dip the eraser in a different paint color and stamp a circle next to the first one.
Continue stamping several lines of circles on top of one another. Have children try it on their own.
Note: Let the paint dry for 1-2 hours before closing the cover.
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THE VERY
___________________
CATERPILLAR
by ________________
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THE VERY
___________________
CATERPILLAR
by ________________
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In the light of
the moon a
little egg lay
on a leaf.
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One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and pop! out of the
egg came a tiny and very ____________________________ caterpillar.
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He started to look for some _____________________.
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On Monday he ________________________________________________
but he was still _______________________________.
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On Tuesday he ___________________________________________________
but he was still _______________________________.
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On Wednesday he ________________________________________________
but he was still _______________________________.
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On Thursday he ________________________________________________
but he was still _______________________________.
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On Friday he _____________________________________________________
but he was still _______________________________.
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On Saturday he ___________________________________________________
but he was still _______________________________.
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That night he felt ___________________________________________.
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The next day was Sunday again. The caterpillar __________________
_________________________________________________________________
and after that, he felt much better.
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Now he wasn’t ____________________________ any more and he
wasn’t a little caterpillar any more. He was a big, ___________________
caterpillar.
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He built a small house called a chrysalis around himself. He stayed
inside for more than two weeks. Then he nibbled a hole in the
chrysalis, pushed his way out and …
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he was a beautiful butterfly!
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