The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Both the students and the teachers have been really enjoying this week’s unit, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Many of the children already knew the story going in to the unit so they’ve been able to make accurate predictions during story time.

We’ve decorated our classrooms to resemble Carle’s illustrations and have created center activities that encourage the children to pretend to be caterpillars and butterflies.

During this unit the children will learn about the life cycle of a butterfly, the meaning of metamorphoses and symmetry, as well as the importance of eating well in order to grow and change, both in relation to the caterpillar as well as themselves.

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In our drama center we’ve added materials to simulate the butterfly life cycle. The children have been taking turns telling the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar while their friends act out the parts. We’ve added play food so they can pretend to eat a different fruit or treat while their caterpillar bodies grow and stretchy fabric to wrap themselves in as a “cocoon”.

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We look forward to more creativity from this unit!

In the meantime we will be taking full advantage of this gorgeous spring weather on beautiful Mackworth Island. We couldn’t resist the sun and found ourselves spending a good portion of this morning walking the trails on our magical island. It feels amazing to get out and stretch our cooped up winter muscles.

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