Word Work Activities The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Words Word-apillar Craft

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Versatile and super-fun way to practice any kind of word work. Since my students absolutely love Eric Carle's book, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" I thought it would be fun to design a very hungry caterpillar that eats words! It’s a “word-apillar” with 3 head options.

Teacher Comments:

  • “Cute!” “Low prep and fun!"
  • "Fantastic Activities for the students.” “Really creative.”
  • “Love it.” “Great resource that is easy for students and fun to do.”
  • "These are great! We use these for sight words and CVC words."

I use this craftivity as a super-fun way to build vocabulary and practice whatever “word work” I want to reinforce: Dolch & Fry sight words, word-family words, CVC words, or seasonal vocabulary words etc.

I’ve included a list of 31 “word work” ideas.

Teachers can make masters of whatever words they want, laminate, trim and glue together.

Hang the word-apillars up as a fresh, spring word wall. Also works for back to school to launch the year.

IDEA: Turn off the lights, give a child a flashlight and have them shine it on one of the caterpillars, reading each word. My students beg to so this activity each day; so I highlight a name list to make sure everyone gets a turn.

For extra pizzazz, print the word circles on white paper then glue them to bright colors of construction paper or printed scrapbook paper circles.

I made different word-apillars using a variety of colors, so my kiddos can easily differentiate. One of their favorites is the "color words" caterpillar. That word-apillar's body segments match the color word.

For a whole-group game, make extra word-apillars, but don’t glue the body-segment circles together.

Put Velcro dots or magnet buttons on the back, so you can “build” a word-apillar. Pass the word circles out to your students. Call for a word.

The child holding that circle shows it, reads it, everyone reads it together, then they fasten it to your flannel or whiteboard, behind the caterpillar’s head.

You can also have fun alphabetizing words this way too.

Children could sort your “word family” circles (the -at family is included & pictured) as an independent center.

Play the “Word Wizard Word-apillar” game. Directions included.

Finally, as a whole-group craftivity, children can make their own word-apillars.

Teacher Comment:

  • "My students love the book and the resources in this packet made them enjoy it more. They loved making the caterpillars."

Completed projects make a sweet spring bulletin board or hallway display.

I’ve included a 2 posters to use for the center of your display. (See PREVIEW).

I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping your kiddos enjoy practicing word work with a crafty little word-apillar.

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