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Phonics With The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Students will have a basic understanding of metamorphosis and be able to recognize the /C/ sound.
- 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.
Beginning: Provide students with physical representations of a butterfly to explore.
Intermediate: Connect with students' prior knowledge by showing images of different insects and focusing on the butterfly.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(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?"
Beginning: Provide students with their own copy of the book to follow along during the read aloud.
Intermediate: Provide visuals when defining unknown or new words.
Guided Practice(5 minutes)
- Begin a quick phonics (letter-sound correspondence) lesson by having students practice sounding out the letter 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.
Beginning: Have students practice writing the letter C in sand, clay, or in the air.
Intermediate: Display a visual for the letter C and additional images of letter C words.
Independent working time(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.
Beginning: Pair students together to complete the project.
Intermediate: Provide visual instructions for each step of the project.
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. (see the Related books and/or media section)
- Ask the class to name the different stages of metamorphosis: egg, caterpillar, cocoon, and butterfly.
- Ask them again what letter caterpillar begins with and what sound C makes.
Beginning: Have students draw a picture of something that begins with the letter C.
Intermediate: Provide visuals for each part of the metamorphosis process.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- If there's enough time remaining, show this animated video: The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Beginning: Pair students together to look at additional images of things that begin with the letter C.
Intermediate: Review words that begin with the letter C.