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Apr 26, 2009

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The Hungry Caterpillar

One of my favorite stories for Circle Time is Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I love how it is so colorful and fun, and that from one story, I can talk about a lot of different concepts ranging from the days of the week to rote counting and even the butterfly’s life cycle. Coincidentally, a few days after I used the story in my toddlers class,  I found a bunch of caterpillars munching on the leaves in a flowering plant (I’m not sure what it’s called, but in Filipino we call it calachuchi). I excitedly took the plant and created a terrarium where my kids could watch the life cycle happen right before their very eyes!We were amazed at how much the caterpillar does eat. Like the story, the caterpillar was, indeed, a very hungry one! We saw how it changed colors and observed how some took the leaves and wrapped themselves in it while the others burrowed under the soil and formed a chrysalis. It was a bit disappointing that we did not get to see the butterflies (which apparently turned out to be moths) emerge from the chrysalis.

This whole experience highlights one important thing teachers should know:lessons come from the most unexpected places. I definitely did not plan out to have this hands-on experience!

If you have an unplanned lesson that ended up a success like this, feel free to share!

In the same breath, this is my Camera Critters shot this week.

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  1. I love that story !!

    Very cool photos :-)

  2. That’s one big caterpillar! :) We found one by our front gate last year which was unusual because there were no plants nearby…hehehe

  3. theaccidentalteacher.com – da best. Keep it going!
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  4. Cool post! I have loved that book since I was a child. Now I read it to my own kids!

  5. Hi Ria, thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m a teacher too, and use a lot of my photos to enhance the children’s learning. The kids loved these caterpillar and butterfly photos that I took http://craftygardener.blogspot.com/search/label/butterflies.moths.caterpillars

  6. Nice post and the caterpillar is sobig and green, eeee…

  7. Hi Ria, I bet you’re one of those teachers who kids will always remember. Loved the story.

  8. Hi, thanks for visitng my blog.

    Nice pic’s. Watching them turn into moths/ butterflies is fascinating. :-)

  9. I don’t remember what these are, either, but I do remember a bit about how those markings on top are supposed to resemble eyes to scare off birds that might eat them! :-)

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    Great stuff!

  10. Wow great shots. I like that book too. That is great you got a learning experience out of it.

  11. It’s wonderful that you let your students witness the amazing life cycle of a moth. I’m sure the kids enjoyed the experience.

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