Insects in the Books of Eric Carle

Insects in the Books of Eric Carle

These lessons extend a unit combining an author study of the books of Eric Carle with the FOSS Science unit on Insects. Students observe various insects in Carle’s books and discuss the similarities and differences of the insects and their habitats, as well as the life-cycle of a butterfly. The insect-related books used are starred, but other options include: • The Very Hungry Caterpillar* • The Grouchy Ladybug* • The Very Quiet Cricket • The Very Lonely Firefly • The Very Clumsy Click Beetle. With the artist, students create three different insect puppets, using a variety of materials and techniques. They move the puppets in the way those insects move and have simple “conversations” between the puppets. Clay forms are used to reinforce learning about marine animals, numbers, and letters.

Grade K
Content Area Science
Key Benchmark SC K.1.1: Use the senses to make observations.

LA K.3.2: Identify characters and setting in a story read aloud.
Art Form Drama
Art Benchmark LA K.6.1: Express ideas through simple activities.
School Year 2005-2006
Artist Kelsey Rothrock
Unit Plan

Assessment Observation (Drama, Science, Language Arts) See PDF file for details.:

Lesson Plans

LP 1 Ladybugs

Ater discussing Eric Carle’s book The Grouchy Ladybug, students make a puppet to represent a ladybug and then make a voice to represent their puppet character.

LP 2 From Caterpillar to Butterfly

After working with Eric Carle’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, students make two stick puppets—a caterpillar and a butterfly—using a straw, construction paper, and colored tissue paper. They explore how to move the finished puppets appropriately for the two different insect forms and to “interact” with the other insects.

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Lesson 2 - From Caterpillar to Butterfly
Lesson 2 - From Caterpillar to Butterfly
Lesson 2 - From Caterpillar to Butterfly