California Early Math Project 2019

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

by Eric Carle

This classic tale follows a caterpillar’s journey from egg to butterfly. Count the many foods caterpillar eats as he grows bigger and bigger.
Resources for The Very Hungry Caterpillar:
Full Book Review (English)
Full Book Review (Spanish)
Brief Book Review (English)
Brief Book Review (Spanish)

What does the hungry caterpillar eat as he transforms from egg to caterpillar to lovely butterfly?

 

Math Connections: Use this book to introduce:

     Counting                Days of the Week

     Categorizing           Cause and Effect

     Comparisons          Sequence of Event

 

Activities to Do Together: Ask your child to:

  • Retell the story using sequencing words like “first”, “second”,

    “then”, and “last”.

  • Categorize the foods that caterpillar ate.

  • Tell how the caterpillar changes throughout the story and discuss those changes with you.

Extension Questions:

  1. For how many days does the caterpillar eat? How long was the caterpillar in the cocoon? Did the caterpillar spend more time eating or in its cocoon?

  2. What are some words that the author uses to describe things that are small?

  3. How many pieces of fruit did the caterpillar eat his way through between Monday and Friday?

  4. How many pieces of food did the caterpillar eat his way through on Saturday? Which foods do you think gave the caterpillar a stomach ache?

  5. What happens at the end of this story?

Vocabulary for Building Math Concepts:

big, five, four, Friday, little, Monday, more than, one, out, piece, Saturday, slice, small, Sunday, three, through, Thursday, tiny, Tuesday, two, Wednesday, week