• Kristie Smith, M.Ed

My Mom's Reading of The Hungry Caterpillar

My mother, Jamille, has been a reading specialist for many years and currently works with me at Educational Solutions. She's the best reading teacher; full of ideas, creativity and love for the kids.

Listen to her read, The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Below, are a few suggested fun activities after listening to the story.

1. Before reading a story to the child, let them picture walk through the story identifying characters, the settings and a possible plot. Select vocabulary words and discuss them. Choose words like: cocoon, hungry, butterfly (point out this is a compound word), and any word you feel the child will not fully understand.

2. Discuss the attributes of the story before you read. Think about how the brain needs transitioning and preparation.

3. Use a few real objects from the story. Tie in an emotional connection from the book to the child. Ask questions like, "What do you like to eat when you get hungry?" "What food does the character like to eat?" "Are the foods healthy?"

4. Take out the foods from the Hungry Caterpillar and place them in a slinky, so children can see, feel, smell and taste story sequencing.

5. Teacherspayteachers.com has many great resources and fun activities for this story and several other children books.

6. For science, ask why they believe the caterpillar is eating so much. Then, turn to the last page where he becomes a beautiful butterfly.

7. Create a butterfly from colored tissue paper.



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