A Busy Week and a Hungry Caterpillar

One of our school annual projects is working crosscurricular in our EFL/ ESL classes.

So, these are some of the activities we did at school while reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar

We ..
  • made predictions. The kids looked at the cover of the book and told what they think the story would be about.
  • went on a picture walk through the book.  We didn't read the text, just looked at each picture and told what they thought is happening in each picture.
  • cololored the cover of our folder. 
  • talked about days of the week
  • moved like insects; worms, grasshoppers, spiders, caterpillars, butterflies, bumblebees, etc.
  • cut from magazines pictures of various bugs--spiders, bees, flies, mosquitoes, ants, whatever to make a collage
  • went for a bug hunt outside. (Provide a box to collect them, and magnifying glasses to allow the children a better view.)
  • read different versions of the story
  • used the vocabulary cards to review and practice vocabulary
  • used the necklace to recall the events of the story. 
  • learned about some insects life cycles 
  • sorted the words by beginning sounds, syllables, short or long words
  • made puppets with craft sticks to sequence events
  • stamped thumbs in washable paint to make some insects
  • finished the sentence __________ as fast as you can, you can catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man! (walk, walk/ dance, dance/ jump, jump) we moved while saying the sentences.
  • learned a poem
The Surprise
"Let's go to sleep," the caterpillars said,
(bend all ten fingers into your palm)
And they tucked themselves into their beds.
They will awaken by and by.
(slowly unfold each finger one at a time)
And each one will be a butterfly.
(fly with your arms)

  • sang a new song
Big bugs
Tune: "Frere Jacques"

Big bug, small bugs
Big bugs, small bugs
See them crawl
On the wall
Never, never falling,
Never, never falling,
Bugs, bugs, bugs
Bugs, bugs, bugs

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