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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar | Eric Carle
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A big board book edition of Eric Carle's classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been enchanting generations of toddlers for over forty years. Now you can share this enduring story in a brand new big board book format, perfect for the home, library or nursery classroom.Eric Carle is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator of books for very young children. Eric lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Barbara. The Carles opened The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts in 2002.Don't miss all the other Very Hungry Caterpillar and Eric Carle books:The Very Hungry Caterpillar; Eric Carle's Very Special Baby Book; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do You Hear?; The Very busy Spider; The Very Quiet Cricket; The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse; 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo; Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What do you See?; The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pop-Up Book; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?; The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Buggy Book; Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; The Bad-Tempered Ladbybird; The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Little Learning Library; The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Touch and Feel Playbook; My Very First Book of Words; The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book and Toy; Little Cloud; Today is Monday; My Very First Book of Shapes; The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Sound Book; The Very Hungry Caterpillar; From Head to Toe; The Very Hungry Caterpillar Big Board Book; Draw Me a Star; Mister Seahorse; Do You want to be My Friend?; The Tiny Seed
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veronicasadams

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a children‘s picture book, designed, illustrated, and written by Eric Carle. The book includes counting, days of the week, different types of food, and a butterfly‘s life cycle!
“On Saturday he ate through one piece of cake, one ice cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon.“

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aperfectmjk
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Look everyone! It's finally up! Now everyone can feed The Very Hungry Library! 😁

#LFLSteward #TheVeryHungryLibrary #LittleFreeLibrary

Addison_Reads Love it! 💚💜💙 2mo
Allylu That is so cute! ❤️📚🎉 2mo
Ruthiella Beautiful! 😍 2mo
Gissy Beautiful!😍 2mo
Deblovestoread So cute 😍 2mo
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TLC49steps
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Once upon a time, there lived a Caterpillar 🐛 that was HUNGRY for adventure. One day he awoke with bravery in his tiny green heart and headed out into his world, with a long path ahead of him. He knew it was not going to be easy, but through perseverance and a big ‘leaf‘ of faith - he would make it to the end! Where his wings would take him far beyond…wearing his technicolour dream coat, soaring towards the end of a rainbow. #parody #ericcarle

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I love this classic that teaches so much - the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, counting, the naming of different fruits - and as always with Carle‘s illustrations, bright and cheerful.

In my search for challenged/banned books for #BBRC , I discovered that this #PictureBook was challenged in Australia for being detrimental to children. Specifically, it promoted child obesity. #LetterV

Clare-Dragonfly 😯🙄 3mo
Bookwomble 🤦 3mo
LibrarianRyan Interesting 3mo
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Ann_Reads Hmmm.... 3mo
CarolynM Good grief! Really? Must have been a crank doing the challenging. I imagine they would have got short shrift. 3mo
Librarybelle @CarolynM I cannot remember the group, but they wrote an article several years ago listing multiple “detrimental” titles. This one was highlighted. It didn‘t get too far! 3mo
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aperfectmjk
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Here's the entire #veryhungrylibrary as you can see, all Eric Carle inspired.

I think for many of us he opened the door for our love of reading. I hope that by people opening the doors to my Little Free Library it will open the door to a new book they love.

wanderinglynn Super cute! 3mo
Ruthiella Adorable! 😍 3mo
Catsandbooks So beautiful! Everyone who visits your LFL is so lucky! 3mo
peanutnine Love it! 💗 3mo
BookNAround Perfect! 3mo
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aperfectmjk
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Update... I left it white. 🤷‍♀️

Thanks for the input everyone! 😘

I think I'm done. Just need to seal it now.

#theveryhungrylibrary #littlefreelibrary

BarkingMadRead This is gorgeous! 3mo
Catsandbooks Seriously so awesome!!!💕 3mo
ozma.of.oz That looks amazing! 3mo
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Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍 3mo
TheRiehlDeal I love it! ❤️ 🐛 3mo
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aperfectmjk
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Okay, I need your opinion. Do I put the dots behind the lettering or leave it white? 🤔

I'm just afraid that the dots will make it harder to read.

#ineedyourhelp #theveryhungrylibrary #littlefreelibrary

ozma.of.oz I would leave it white behind the letters. And it looks super cute! ❤️ 3mo
Soubhiville I‘d leave it white as well. It‘s really fun! 3mo
aperfectmjk @ozma.of.oz @Soubhiville maybe I could do some half circles just below the lettering to kind of finish it off since I have two circles that go up higher. 3mo
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ozma.of.oz That would look great! 👍🏻👍🏻 3mo
RaeLovesToRead Leave the lettering white! It looks fantastic 😊 3mo
IndoorDame Love it! Leave it white 3mo
claudiuo It's awesome that you got a little free library! 2mo
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kspenmoll
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A book that delights all of us!
#alphabetgame #LetterV

Leftcoastzen For sure! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 🙌🏻📚 3mo
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bibliobliss
Mehso-so

This is a classic, I suppose, but I don't really know why 😬 3/5 ⭐️

Deifio Well, I always liked the holes in the book, through everything that the caterpillar had eaten. It was just something different as a kid 4mo
bibliobliss @Deifio I suppose!! 4mo
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Cortg
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‘On Monday he ate through one apple. But he was still hungry.‘ This is a monarch caterpillar munching away at milkweed. I planted the entire side of my yard in native plants. It‘s quite overgrown and I love all the nature-activity it creates! Black-eyed Susan‘s are my state flower! ❤️

DHill I love this! 4mo
Susanita Maryland? 4mo
Cortg @susanita Yep! I think you‘re also in the area. I‘m in Anne Arundel Co 4mo
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Cortg @DHill Thanks 😊 4mo
Susanita We‘re neighbors! I‘m in Howard 4mo
Cortg @Susanita Hi neighbor 👋🏻 4mo
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SarahBookInterrupted
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Check out Lia‘s book review of The Very Hungry Caterpillar on Book Interrupted‘s Manuscript Monday. https://www.bookinterrupted.com/post/manuscript-monday-the-very-hungry-caterpill...

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Kshakal
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Eggs Wonderful 🐛☁️🦋 7mo
tpixie Beautiful collage! 7mo
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JuliaTheBookNerd
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I loved these books when I was little and I love that now I get to share them with my Nieces and Nephews 🥰
#EricCarle 🐛 🦋 🕷 ☀️ #WeRemember 🌹💔

#BookNerd 💙🤓📚

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love!! 💛❤️💙🧡 7mo
Eggs Great collection! 7mo
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ImperfectCJ
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My favorite is probably the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe room, but all are delightful. My son already has an Eric Carle rug in his room, though, so I feel like we're a step ahead on the tagged book.

Picture from the article: https://www.homeessentials.co.uk/shop/page/Kidsbedroom/show.action?utm_campaign=...

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WanderingBookaneer
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BethM Hahahahahaha 8mo
vivastory Nor am I a llama in red pajamas 🤣 8mo
Branwen I'm also not a mouse who has been given a cookie. Very disappointing! 😁 8mo
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KatieDid927 Lmaoo 8mo
julesG 🤣🤣 8mo
Bookwormjillk 😂😂😂 8mo
sprainedbrain 😂😂😂 8mo
Bookzombie 😂😂 8mo
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DPgirl
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Happy world book day!!!

GondorGirl Your dress is adorable! Is that one you made? 9mo
DPgirl @GondorGirl thankyou ☺ I got the pattern from a book 9mo
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LostInSpace
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Literally the cutest 😩😍

Cathythoughts What a little dote ❤️😍 13mo
Megabooks 💜💜💜 13mo
bthegood I'd never get anything done, I'd just stare at him all day, cute🥰 13mo
reading_rainbow Congratulations!!💛💛💛 he‘s so sweet 🥲💕 13mo
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nibech
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"Day 4: Book you remember from your childhood"

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LostInSpace
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Pickpick

Ethan Thomas, 6lb 7oz, 3-10-21

Hopefully be a huge bookworm like his parents! 🤓

Tagged the hungry caterpillar because he is an absolute boob monster already 🤣🥰

@TheNeverendingTBR 🖤

readingjedi Meep! So cute! Have to look away now cos I WANT ONE!!! 14mo
Reagan Congratulations 🥳 14mo
IuliaC Congratulations! 🎈👶 14mo
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ozma.of.oz Congratulations! 🎉💕🎉 14mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 🎉Congratulations!🎉 14mo
Chelsea.Poole Congratulations! 📖 🐛 14mo
MicheleinPhilly Congrats! 14mo
JessClark78 Congratulations! 14mo
bthegood Congratulations @LostInSpace and @TheNeverendingTBR - he is beautiful 😊 (edited) 14mo
Q84 Congratulations 🎉 14mo
Traci1 Congratulations! ❤❤ 14mo
BookwormAHN Congratulations 🎉 14mo
BookwormM Congratulations he is gorgeous 14mo
Reggie Congratulations!!! 14mo
LostInSpace @Cathythoughts this was when we announced his birth! 13mo
Cathythoughts Thanks for tagging me .. how did I miss this ?! ! ( I must be getting on a bit 👵🏻) Congratulations, what a gorgeous boy 😍 13mo
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katy4peas
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Hungry caterpillars and busy bees are making up the view around here. While it felt like autumn this morning, it heated up to the 80s by this afternoon.

#LitsySummerCamp @ImperfectCJ

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Libby1
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Sorry.

I couldn‘t resist. 🤣💀

(From the For Reading Addicts Facebook page.)

Eggs 😂😂😂😂 1y
Tamra Bahahaha 1y
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Reggie Totally my type of book!! Lolol 1y
MariaW 😱 1y
Bookzombie 😂😂😂 1y
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Eggs True classic 💚📗 🐛✅ 1y
youneverarrived My son‘s favourite ♥️ 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💚📚💚 1y
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Jennaree3 This is so true. At what point do we transition from unadulterated curiosity to curiosity hindered by crippling self-doubt? 2y
Eggs Middle school 😂. Great (rhetorical ) question 2y
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monalyisha
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"That juvenile has become a pejorative is one of the saddest facts of our language." - Eric Carle

https://www.theparisreview.org/the-art-of-fiction-carle

R.I.P., Eric Carle.

I don‘t believe in angels...but I‘d like to think that somewhere, somehow, this beautiful artist now has wings. ?

Christine This is an amazing insight from Carle - thank you for sharing it! One of my kids enduringly loves The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and this quote is transformative re: my appreciation of it. 2y
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BookFreakOut
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The #babylitten wore his Very Hungry Caterpillar shirt in honor of Eric Carle and Lois Ehlert; we don't have a shirt of hers, but do have the beautiful books.

kspenmoll Adorable and what an appropriate tribute! 2y
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Tonton
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hannah-leeloo
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A very sad loss to the children's book world 😔 brought much joy for myself as a kid and sharing with my own children. Rest in peace beautiful soul 📖🐛📚 🦋 #sadloss #greatauthor #childrens #classic #caterpillar #ericcarle #litsylove

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AshRaye
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“`Caterpillar‘ is a book of hope: you, too, can grow up and grow wings.”

I remember my mom reading this book, and many others of Carle's, to me growing up. She loved his books and wanted to share them with me and my siblings. They played a huge part in my childhood and some of the best memories I have of my mother are with these books. I will always cherish what Carle has gifted to me - memories, stories, encouragement, joy. He will be missed.

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Nute Yes! 12mo
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Oh no!

Catsandbooks Noooo! 😭 2y
Eggs Awwww a classic!! RIP Mr. Carle 😞 2y
SarahBookInterrupted So sad, my children love his books. The greedy python is their favourite. 2y
fredamans RIP 2y
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Kristin_Reads
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Pickpick

RIP Eric Carle. My kids and I grew a love for reading through your classics 🐛🍎

leah152 I just saw this 😭 2y
Leftcoastzen 😢 2y
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Chelseabillups30
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This world lost an iconic author today.
I definitely remember Eric Carle books being a huge part of my childhood.
This is so sad.
I know I‘ll have fellow Littens that understand.
😢✍🏻😔📚😭

Bookwormjillk Oh no 😢 2y
wanderinglynn So sad 😢 2y
Jdav9613 That stinks! My girls love his books! The beautiful illustrations really caught their attention. 2y
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Leftcoastzen
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megnews Oh no!!! 2y
Librarybelle 😢 2y
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Jess861 So sad! 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm My heart. 💔 2y
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emilypalkovich
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is an animal fantasy picture book about a small caterpillar that eats and eats and eats until he is finally full and no longer small. He then creates his cocoon and becomes a magnificent butterfly. This book would be great if used for a read aloud because students should be able to make connections to the caterpillars growth in not only size, but in life. A link with activities for this story is

emilypalkovich https://www.weareteachers.com/very-hungry-caterpillar-activities/. Since this book is aimed for young students, most of the activities are art related. A good UDL for this book is to provide options for language and symbols because the growth of the caterpillar symbolizes inevitable change. An EL strategy for this book could be number one: teach questioning for clarification, since this book is aimed at young children they need to start with the 2y
emilypalkovich basics of understanding which is questioning. #ucflae3414sp21 2y
DrSpalding I like that you were thinking about English learners and appropriate questioning. You are right that this could build confidence with basic yes no or either or questions! Be sure to add the universal design decimals as well. You do not get better than Eric Carle! Add his books to your classroom library. 2y
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is about the life of a young, hungry caterpillar who is in search of food to eat to turn him into a beautiful butterfly. The caterpillar eats its way through the pages. As you read, you get to see what kind of food the caterpillar enjoys eating, for example, delicious food like fruits, sweets, and even a leaf. The caterpillar starts to have a bad stomach ache.

olivia_danko After eating a green leaf, the caterpillar's stomach feels better and he turns into a beautiful butterfly.
This modern fantasy book would be best taught using UDL 9.3 (Develop self-assessment and reflection) As a class we can reflect on the stages of life and how we must eventually grow up to be someone beautiful inside and out.
The ELS strategy I'd use is EL 16 (Integrate speaking, listening, reading and writing activities)
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DrSpalding We are teachers is a fantastic resource. You have incorporated wonderful, resources that I hope you will use in your future classroom. You say best taught… What teaching strategy would you use? (edited) 2y
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ztorres
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This R.F., New York Times Best Seller book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar it's a must-own book for Pre-k-2 grade classrooms. The book is about a small caterpillar that eats everything it sees until it no longer can. The caterpillar forms itself into a cocoon until it emerges into a beautiful caterpillar. This book is perfect for LC. It allows the students to be engaged throughout the story.The teacher can provide props to use as she reads the story.

ztorres UDL‘s Strategies: Activate or supply background knowledge(3.1). Guide information processing and visualization (3.3). 2y
ztorres ESOL strategies: Link lesson topic to students‘ prior knowledge and continually monitor students‘ comprehension. 2y
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ztorres A great resource to use with younger students. This resource offers a sequencing lesson plan, puppet show activity, math activity about measurement, and many more. 2y
DrSpalding This is a classic however it is not realistic fiction… What genre do you believe it is now? 2y
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PatriciaS
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Wonderful MF-RA picture book about the life processes and transformation of a hungry that transforms into a beautiful butterfly, from an egg to caterpillar to butterfly. Transformations of life is a great lesson for younger children and this book is a great resource for teaching about transformations.
https://www.scholastic.com>teachers
https://www.wearteachers.com>very hungry caterpillar. Activities for the classroom and teacher resources.

PatriciaS UDL #5.1 By using multimedia for communication, teaching vocabulary words and definitions with this read aloud, adding multiple manipulative s hands-on activities, and the of small groupings and discussion sessions there are many opportunities for assessments. 2y
PatriciaS ESOL #29 Offering a variety of activities and reference materials learners instructional levels for independent use or groupings depending on students needs we can build students self-confidence and independent learning skills. 2y
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acassatta This book!! I just ordered it omg! Love love it! This book alone has so many fl standards that could be reached! Perfect UDL for this book! I can imagine lots of hand on activities for a cute book like this! 2y
PatriciaS @acassatta I agree 👍 thanks 😊 love ❤️ this book 📖 great find for a classroom library 😁 2y
DrSpalding Scholastic is one of the best resources! Ava obviously enjoyed your post and now owns the book. You all did not see this however Zuri did an amazing storytelling for this particular book. It is excellent for sequencing but also as you noted, A wonderful book to use to teach vocabulary and offer extension activities. 2y
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MaggieCarr
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Happy Very Hungry Caterpillar Day Friends!

ravenlee The best picture! 2y
Suet624 😍 😍 😍 2y
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melodyp
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carole is a RF picture book about a caterpillar that eats so many things each day of the week that he gets so full, turns in to a cocoon and becomes a beautiful butterfly. This is a great RA book that uses UDL 3.3 (guides information processing and visualization) and teachers can use EL 30 for activities (encourage use of diagrams/drawings as aids to identify concepts/seeing relationships) #UCFLAE3414SP21

melodyp https://www.weareteachers.com/very-hungry-caterpillar-activities/ this is a great website teachers can use to get ideas for activities 2y
AlexRobinson Can never go wrong with the hungry caterpillar! I just adore this read and how fun it is for our students considering there are a PLETHORA of activities to go along with this book!! The resource website you added has some fun and creative activities but my favorite for the sake of literacy comprehension has to be #4: clothespin retelling! So easy yet so effective and some interactive fun! 2y
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tclivio
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a classic RF book that every kid should read! This book is about a caterpillars journey into becoming a butterfly. Each day the caterpillar gets hungrier and hungrier, and eats so much food! Finally, the caterpillar isn't hungry any longer. He builds a cocoon that he stays in for two weeks, and comes out a butterfly! This would be a great RA book for students. #ucflae3414sp21

tclivio This is a great book to introduce new vocabulary to students. The following link has a great lesson plan in doing so: https://www.pdesas.org/module/content/resources/19862/view.ashx. This link will help to cover the UDL 2.1 (clarify vocabulary and symbols) and EL 5 (teach technical vocabulary supporting key concepts). 2y
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kspenmoll
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TheKidUpstairs 💗❤💗❤ 🍎🍐🍐(why is there no plum emoji)🍓🍓🍓🍓🍊🍊🍊🍊🍊 🍰🍭🍦🥒🧀🥧🍉 2y
cozypunk @TheKidUpstairs because the VHC 🐛 ate it?? 2y
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Sleepswithbooks
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Hestapleton Mandatory recovery from 2020. 2y
AmyG Right? 2y
AkashaVampie Yup.. need that but don't like salad 2y
HeathHof Ohhhh I'd be in! 2y
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Mommamanzi
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For the past few years we have watched our garden turn out beautiful butterflies. This year we decided to bring some of the caterpillars inside and watch the magic. What an awesome “science unit” for the kids during homeschool. And yes, they ARE very hungry caterpillars.

Chelleo That‘s so cool! 2y
Nute What a super cool experience especially for your little ones! 2y
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rachelm
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I have a creative nonfiction piece up today on Catapult about The Very Hungry Caterpillar, how metamorphosis really works, and parenthood. Check it out if you‘re interested: https://catapult.co/stories/rachel-mans-mckenny-motherhood-metamorphosis-parenti...

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Blackink_WhitePaper
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I love to watch my little one with book... She is already enjoying the tagged book. Please suggest some board books similar to this.

Day 10: #youngreadersday #thankfulthoughts #readingwithbaby #boardbooks

Soozee So cute! 👍 2y
hannah-leeloo One of my kids favourites ❤ 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Aww ❣️ 2y
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AmyG She is too cute! 2y
ItsAnotherJen She is adorable. 2y
Eggs author Mo Willems, anything by Eric Carle. This photo is heart-melting💕💕 2y
BiblioLitten So precious!🥰 2y
BiblioLitten Thank you! I needed a few recs for my friend‘s son too. @erzascarletbookgasm @BarbaraBB 2y
BookwormM Too cute 2y
KVanRead So adorable 😍 2y
KVanRead We loved Sandra Boynton‘s board books, especially 2y
KVanRead Also anything with baby faces, a mirror, touchy feely ones 2y
Blackink_WhitePaper @hannah-leeloo 😅💐👍 2y
Blackink_WhitePaper @erzascarletbookgasm @jenniferw88 @BarbaraBB @KVanRead Thank you for the recommendations 💐😅 I will definitely check. Hope my little one will enjoy ! 2y
Blackink_WhitePaper @AmyG thank you 😊 🥰 2y
Blackink_WhitePaper @BookwormM thanks 😊 💐😀 2y
Blackink_WhitePaper @ItsAnotherJen thanks 😍 😅💐 2y
Blackink_WhitePaper @Eggs 💐👍🥰 2y
Gissy So cute!❤️❤️❤️❤️Great job mom!👏👏👏👏👏👏 2y
kspenmoll What a precious photo- she is so engrossed!!! 2w
Blackink_WhitePaper @kspenmoll thank you 🥰💐 those are some wonderful recommendations 😻 2w
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