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Caterpillars in Kindergarten

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a book that children will enjoy over and over again. Eric Carle brings the short story to life with 3-D pages and vibrant illustrations. Children are immediately captivated as they read about a tiny and very hungry caterpillar that consumes a number of different foods, from strawberries to salami. From Sunday to Saturday this caterpillar makes his way through so much food that, once Sunday rolls around again, he is no longer a tiny caterpillar, and he is no longer hungry. After forming a cocoon around himself we wonder what will happen next of the not-so-tiny caterpillar. Eric Carle's one-of-a-kind illustrations feast the readers' eyes on the most exciting part of the story: a beautiful butterfly! 


The Very Hungry Caterpillar would be a fun and engaging story to read aloud to a Kindergarten class. This is the perfect book for a lesson on days of the week, numbers and counting, sequencing, and even the metamorphosis of caterpillar to butterfly. 


Additional activities include:

  • Writing prompts ("If I were a very hungry caterpillar I would eat...")
  • Beginning/Middle/End lesson
  • Graphing lesson (Graph the amount of food the caterpillar ate each day)


Lexile Level: AD460L