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Because Eric Carle’s story, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”
lends itself to “feeding” a caterpillar, I designed “Mr. Munch” as a quick, easy and super-fun
way to review not just the story, but all sorts of standards
“My caterpillar’s hungry. His name is Mr. Munch. He likes to eat all sorts of things, especially for lunch”
. Is the poster poem
I start the lesson with.
After reading the story, I pass out the life cycle of a butterfly
cards, as well as the food cards
to my students.
My Y5s absolutely love sequencing
and retelling the story
“feeding” Mr. Munch, as they drop the cards into his “mouth” in the appropriate order.
Simply attach the caterpillar pattern to the top of a Kleenex box, or large, ZipLock Baggie.
There are 2 caterpillar head
options, with 3 size choices
. I included a small, 4-on-a-page size, so students can make their own very hungry caterpillar.
This is an inexpensive and fun
way for them to practice reading words
to a classmate or reading buddy.
Each time they play, run off a different set of word cards on a different color paper.
In the end they’ll have a Baggie full of words that they can read, and a nifty activity to take home for more practice during the summer
They can also pull X amount of cards from their caterpillar’s “belly” to do the various “word-apillar” worksheets with.
In addition to “feeding” the caterpillar, you can use the cards in a ton of other ways.
The versatility of the cards makes them adaptable for games, centers
, and assessing
I’ve included a tip list of ideas
, including my students’ favorite “Kaboom”
game, plus 15 worksheets”
, which are perfect for Daily 5
, table top lessons, a sub folder, early finishers
, or homework
Besides the cards that directly relate to the story (life cycle & food
) I’ve also included:
* A set of days of the week
* Butterfly color cards
, with matching color words
* 2D shape cards,
with matching shape words
, with 13 options.
to the hour
and half hour
analog clock cards, with a blank set to program with additional times.
* Alphabet cards
showing both upper & lowercase letters
, as well as separate cards for each.
* Number word
cards from 0-22
cards from 0-140
, with a blank set of caterpillar cards to program with more numbers, as well as an odd & even
* Math symbol cards
(+ — = < > ), so children can make equations
* A set of ordinal number food cards
* Mini word cards for ALL of the Dolch word lists
. Each set has its own graphic so they are easy to sort.
* 570 mini, long & short vowel
word cards (60 on 1 page) with a sorting mat
and sorting cup game
* Word family cards for 22 word families
, with blanks
to program more. Plus…
*“The Caterpillar Creeps”
game, plus ...
* Each set of cards comes with a matching “Itty Bitty” booklet
It took almost a month of work to complete this packet, but I felt it was worth the time, as the versatility makes this something you can do throughout the year
, hauling out your hungry caterpillar anytime you want to reinforce and practice all sorts of things.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping you find this packet as useful and fun as I do.
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