by Laura Peacock

Eric Carle: The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Author Study)

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Date:  November 28, 2006

Subject:  Social Studies/Reading

Grade Level:  First Grade

Signature of Cooperating Teacher: _________________________

Main Idea:  It is important for students to learn about authors as well as their works.  This lesson will provide information about the author, his books, his art work, and other information about caterpillars.



1.  The students will be able to identify that Eric Carle is the author 
     of The Very Hungry Caterprillar.
2.  The students will be able to describe how Eric Carle creates 
     his art work.
3.  The students will identify the foods in the story as healthy or 
     non-healthy by using thumbs up or thumbs down.
4.  The students will identify their favorite food from the chart 
5.  The students will be able to identify the life cycle of a caterpillar.


     I will call students by rows to the carpet area to sit.  When all of the students are seated, I will begin by asking them what they know about Eric Carle.  I will ask the students if they know who he is, what he does, and how he does it.  I will listen to the students responses and answer accordingly.  I will introduce the book and will ask if any of the students have ever read it.  I will ask the students to predict what will happen in the book and I will respond to their answers.  We will then begin reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar and discussing the book.


     We will begin by reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.  As we read the book, we will discuss the food that the caterpillar was eating.  If it is healthy food, the students will put their thumbs up and if it is not healthy food, the students will put their thumbs down.  Also while reading the book, I will help the students to realize that the story is sequenced by days of the week.  I will proceed to explain what sequencing is, the order in which something happens.  I will give an example that people are not born as adults but as babies and they have to grow into adults.  We will also discuss the life cycle of a caterpillar, or the sequence in which the caterpillar becomes a living creature.

Culminating Activities

     The students will return to their desks.  We will begin by identifying some of the foods that the caterpillar ate.  I will listen to the students and respond to their answers.  Next, I will put up my chart of  "Our Favorite Food".  I have several choices listed on this chart along with a picture of each food.  I will ask students to vote on what their favorite food is.  I will count the number of hands and will ask students to count aloud with me as I graph the corresponding number of votes on the chart.  At the end, we will identify the class' favorite food.  Also, I will write three sentences on the board of the life cycle of a caterpillar and read them aloud with the class.  I will ask the students to identify which sentence goes first in the sequence.  I will ask a student to place the correct number in front of the correct sentence.


Closing Summary and Evaluations

     The students will be evaluated orally as well as by observation.  As the students state in their own words the idea of sequencing, who the author is that we talked about, the students will be evaluated.  I will also ask a few of the students to state something new that they learned today either about caterpillars or about the author.  The students will also be evaluated when placing the sentences of the life cycle of the caterpillar in correct order.  Their responses will prove that they understood what was discussed.  They will also be evaluated by observation as I read the story and discuss it with them.  I will be watching them to see if they are actively paying attention by using thumbs up, thumbs down.  Students will also be evaluated when participating in voting on their favorite food and when the "winner" is announced.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
colored markers
dry erase board
dry erase markers and eraser
clip art pictures



The Very Hungry Caterpillar
This book by Eric Carle is a great way to introduce him and many of his other works. This is the story of how a caterpillar turns into a beautiful butterfly.
Sequencing The Very Hungry Caterpillar
This is a week long lesson plan on sequencing and the book by Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.