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The Very Hungry Caterpillar


Characters:

The Hungry Caterpillar: The Caterpillar gets very hungry after hatching from his egg, so he starts to eat a lot of food. He starts eating fruit, but then he begins to eat extremely unhealthy food and gets a stomach ache.

Butterfly: After eating a lot of food, getting a stomach ache, and wrapping into a cocoon, the Caterpillar turns into a beautiful Butterfly.The Butterfly is transformed at the end of the book because of all the foods that he ate, which gave him energy to become a chrysalis.

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Themes:

Nutrition: The hungry Caterpillar gets so caught up in eating food that tastes good that he forgets what kinds of food are healthy for him. When he started eating, he ate fruits, but at the end of the week, the Caterpillar eats only junk food and gets a very bad stomach ache. However, after he eats a healthy leaf, he feels better. Eating the right kinds of food keeps our bodies healthy and energetic. Without eating properly, we become very tired, worn down, and can even get sick.

Counting: The Caterpillar starts out eating only one apple on Monday. Then, on Tuesday, he eats 2 pears. Wednesday he eats 3 plums. Thursday he eats 4 strawberries. Friday he eats 5 oranges. Saturday he eats 1 piece of chocolate cake, 1 ice cream cone, 1 pickle, 1 slice of swiss cheese, 1 piece of salami, 1 lollipop, 1 piece of cherry pie, 1 piece of sausage, 1 cupcake, and 1 piece of watermelon. Finally, on Sunday, he only eats 1 leaf. The Caterpillar ate 26 things during the week before he became a chrysalis.





Vocabulary:

Chrysalis-A protective covering; a sheltered state or stage of being in growth
Junk food- Foods that are high in calories but low in nutritional content
Health food-A food promoted as highly helpful to the body that aides in good health



Questions to Engage the Class:

1)What day did the Caterpillar eat five oranges?

2)What day did the Caterpillar start to eat all the food?

3)Why did the Caterpillar get a stomach ache at the end of the week?

4)What happened to the Caterpillar at the end of the week?

5)What lesson did you learn from The Very Hungry Caterpillar?



Creation of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar":