The Very Hungry Caterpillar play

Title: Shared Language The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Date: Friday, September 21, 2007

Rationale: Students will describe the basic necessities for a caterpillar to live healthily. Students will act out The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s journey by using food props.

Objectives: 1)Students will review the basic needs for a caterpillar’s healthy lifestyle.

Standards: ( as considered by the ICCSD benchmarks)

Obj 1) Using Scientific Knowledge in Life Science: Understand the diversity and unity that characterizes life.

- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
- "Food pickets" (see notes on how to make)

Procedure: (approx. 13 min)


  • Ask if students are familiar with the story already.
  • “I’ve noticed that our caterpillars seem to be very hungry!” They eat, and eat, and eat. What’s been happening to them since they’ve been eating so much?” (they’re getting larger)
  • Hand out the food pickets to each student. Explain their jobs: when their food is mentioned in the story, have students stand over to the side, eventually making a long line of food.


  • While reading the story, ask if students can predict what will happen after he eats all of that food (that’s not for caterpillars).
  • “What should he be eating? What do our caterpillars eat?”
  • Ask for observations and comments about the story.


  • Ask students what caterpillars should be eating in order to stay healthy.
  • Ask students what is necessary or needed for a caterpillar to survive (not body parts, but things not on a caterpillar that they need).


Food pickets are made from clip art pictures of the food found in the story. I backed my pictures with construction paper, and glued them to large popsicle sticks.


  • Check with different students, who haven’t been participating throughout the week, and ask them the summary questions.

Lesson Success:

_______Excellent _________Good _______Fair ______Flop

Lesson template adapted from Amy Schneider
For questions or comments, please contact Mari Hauf