Literature Unit Study Ideas for The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (31 Days of Literature Unit Ideas)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is an awesome book to use with young kids because the bright, colorful illustrations attract even the smallest readers, and there are so many great learning activities that you can use along with the book. If you're looking for some ideas for using this kids' favorite read, this post is full of them.

This post is part of the 31 Days of Literature Unit Ideas series. You can find all of the books in this series here.  You can get this literature unit study as well as 44 others and lots of great literature unit study resources here in my free ebook The Ultimate Book of Unit Studies for Literature Lovers.

Literature unit study for The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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About the book...

"In the light of the moon, a little egg lay on a leaf..." So begins the story that follows this little egg as it hatches a baby caterpillar. This little caterpillar is quite hungry, and through the days of the week, we follow him to see all of the things he finds to eat. Finally, the little caterpillar is quite full. Then the reader sees him spin a cocoon and emerge into a beautiful butterfly.

Filled with great illustrations, the story draws kids in. And the repeating pattern of days of the week and food items the little caterpillar finds makes the story one even very little children will enjoy. There are also some fun ways to extend the learning with this book.

Science connections...

Math connections...

  • For counting practice, draw the correct number of each fruit that the caterpillar eats during his first five days. Cut the fruit apart. As you read, count out the correct number of each fruit.
  • Because our caterpillar hatches on Sunday and eats his way through the week, learning the days of the week is a good extension. Watch this kids' video to learn the days of the week.
  • Put the days of the week in order with this fun, interactive puzzle.
  • For another way to practice the days of the week concept, write the names of the days on a chart. Each day let the child draw something he ate that day...just like our caterpillar friend.

Language arts connections...


Literature unit study for The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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