June 24, 2015
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by Natalie Chari
Lesson Plan:

Phonics With The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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EL Adjustments

Students will have a basic understanding of metamorphosis and be able to recognize the /c/ sound.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL Adjustments
(5 minutes)
  • Inform your students of the lesson's main topic: metamorphosis, or how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly.
  • Show them the cover of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and ask them what they think a caterpillar eats.
(20 minutes)
  • Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar aloud.
  • Go over some things that can be learned from the book. Examples include: the different stages of metamorphosis, number sequences, vocabulary (specifically, the names of food and days of the week), and nutrition (specifically, the effects of junk food).
  • To gauge student comprehension, ask questions such as: Why did the caterpillar get a stomachache after eating a lot of junk food?
(5 minutes)
  • Begin a quick phonics (letter-sound correspondence) lesson by having students practice sounding out the letter C (/c/).
  • Show them that the word caterpillar begins with the letter C. Sound out caterpillar, emphasizing the /c/ sound at the beginning.
  • Ask the class to think of other words that start with C.
(20 minutes)
  • To review, ask the class what letter caterpillar begins with.
  • Distribute the materials needed for the Phonics Fun: C is for Caterpillar activity, then have students work independently to complete it.
  • Enrichment: Have advanced students write their own versions of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. For example, a student may write a version with a tadpole as the protagonist.
  • Support: Show struggling students pictures of things that begin with the letter C. Help them understand that C makes a /c/ sound, and words that start with C usually have the /c/ sound in them.
  • An online video may be shown to help review the lesson.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask the class to name the different stages of metamorphosis: 1) egg 2) caterpillar 3) cocoon 4) butterfly.
  • Ask them again what letter caterpillar begins with and what sound C makes.
(5 minutes)

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