The Very Hungry Caterpillar tells the story of a young caterpillar going through the stages of its' life cycle. It engages children in a way that gains and keeps their focus throughout the whole story, because they will always want to know what the caterpillar eats next. As well as explaining the events of a life cycle in kid-friendly language, it also introduces the concepts of counting, days of the week, and sequencing. In my classroom, I would use this book to introduce the life cycle of a caterpillar, which could then lead to the students recreating the life cycle on their own. I also would use this to help students sequence events in a story, by providing cut-outs of the food/days of the week and have students put them in order with their table groups.
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