This week we be reading ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.
Below is a link to the video you can watch on youtube:
To write a list
Explain to the children that we have a package. Get some ideas about what could be in the package. Open it together and discuss what is inside.
Explain to the children that we are going to be learning all about caterpillars over the next few weeks and watching them grow and change. Discuss what children already know about caterpillars and make a spider diagram of children’s prior knowledge.
Does anyone know what story we could be doing over the next couple of weeks? Why do you think that? What do children remember about the story?
Challenge: Follow the link to watch the video all about caterpillars. Discuss what happens and learn information about them including how they change.
Read Aloud: Share the book, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. Stop at key parts to discuss what is happening and get children to predict what they think might happen next.
Key questions to ask:
What do you think he is going to eat next? Can you count how many he has eaten? Is he choosing healthy foods? Which foods are healthy? How does the caterpillar change throughout the story?
Children to say repetitive refrains from the story:
“But he was still hungry”
After reading the story talk about the foods the caterpillar ate. Introduce the learning intention and success criteria. Encourage children to recall how to make a list. Children to support teacher in creating a list of the foods that The Very Hungry Caterpillar ate.
Challenge: Children to write a list of all the foods eaten by ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ using Tuesdays worksheet.
Reread the text using props, pictures and puppets to support with language development.
Focus on vocabulary development – pull out words children may be unsure of – egg, stomach-ache, cocoon, caterpillar, butterfly.
Model the life cycle of a butterfly and talk about the different phases drawing a life cycle on the board. Encourage children to use the key words when describing the life cycle (egg, caterpillar, cocoon, butterfly).
Challenge: Children to match the words and pictures putting them into the life cycle of a butterfly.
Re-read the part of the story where he eats the fruits on the days of the week. Encourage the children to join in and tell you what day will come next. What fruit do you think he will eat through next? How many do you think he will eat?
Model writing a list of the fruits eaten by ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.
Refer back to the success criteria and see if children can remember what they need to include.
Write plum, apple and orange.
Challenge: Can you add any more things to your list? What other things does the caterpillar eat?
Talk about what happened first, then and finally – model putting the pictures in the right order on the graphic organiser.
Act out and say what happened first, then and finally. Model writing a caption for what happens first, then and finally.
Model concepts about print
LA: Emphasise direction of text (L –R) and top to bottom MA/HA: Distinguishing between: Phase 2 capital letters/ lower case; & words/letters
Challenge: Order the pictures and discuss what happens in the story using the language from the story and key words; first, then, finally, caterpillar, butterfly, cocoon.