The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is an absolute MUST for all children.  I have always loved this book!  Bright and beautiful illustrations animate the story of a caterpillar that eats his way right through the book on its way to becoming a butterfly.  This book is perfect for students in kindergarten up to 2nd grade.  It could be used as a stand-alone read aloud for the whole class, or to help introduce numbers and simple math.  I would have my students make and color their own caterpillars.  I would like to make these caterpillars into flip-books, with each segment of the body opening up to show each of the foods and amounts the caterpillar in the book ate (one apple, two pears, three plums, and so on).  The book and an activity like this one would be a great tool for teaching young children about numbers and counting.