This caterpillar craftivity is a quick, easy and super-fun
way to build vocabulary, reading fluency
and motivate students to read more.
Run off the caterpillar pattern on a variety of colors
of construction paper or card stock, then give students a choice.
can be sight words, word wall words, seasonal vocabulary words
, or specific to the life cycle
or study of butterflies
, with science vocabulary like metamorphosis, chrysalis, proboscis, etc.
It’s also a fun way for students to practice their spelling words
, or complete their word work portion of Daily 5
I’ve provided 2 pattern pages of extra “body segments”
so students can make a really long caterpillar
This can be done for a designated amount of time, or started at the beginning of the year and kept in their writing or word work journals.
When they fill up a section, they simply add another one, then fold it over and paperclip
Making a rainbow-segmented caterpillar
would look awesome.
How amazing it will be for students to count up the number
of words at the end of the year.
You could also do measurement activities
with the completed caterpillars.
The pattern can also be used for a “book-apillar”
. Do one for your classroom.
Each time you read a book to your students during storytime
, add the title and watch your caterpillar grow
throughout the school year.
Do a “Caterpillar Challenge”
with your students to see who can read the most books in a given amount of time, which could be each quarter, month, etc.
If your students are into chapter books, then have them jot down how many pages
they read each night on one of the segments, and then write the title of the book after completing it, including a total number of pages for that book.
The challenge then would be who can read the most pages. This is especially fun during “March is Reading Month”.
Children are extremely competitive, so challenging another class
would be great motivation
Displaying their book-apillars on their lockers or bulletin board
does the same thing, and builds self-esteem
I’ve included several posters
to use for the center of your display.
Finally, there are 2 congratulatory bookmarks
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping this crafty little caterpillar does the trick, in helping motivate your students to build their vocabularies and read more.
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