Schoolhouse Rock vol. 10

subtitled: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

During our unit on art in children’s literature, we learn about both how illustrations help you understand the story and also learn about various illustrators’ creative process as their illustrators go from beginning to end.

One of my favorite children’s books is The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  It happens to lend itself very nicely to both of these lines of inquiry.

I start out by reading it in German to the children.  This royally ticks them of, and outraged, they ask, “Why are you speaking Chinese????”

They are shocked when they realize they are still able to retell the story because, the illustrations helped them understand what was happening.

Then we head over to Eric Carle’s sweet website and watch the fascinating process of how he creates his collage style illustrations with tissue paper and paints.  (after we get over the fact that tissue paper does not mean he is painting kleenex).

Next we try it ourselves.  Using regular paper and sponge painting with sponges instead of carpet. And each kid only gets to paint one oval for a class caterpillar. And then we turn it into a giant version of the Very Hungry Caterpillar on our wall. 

None of this would be complete without “cooking” an adorable very hungry caterpillar snack.  They were super excited to eat their caterpillar: cucumbers for the body, a tomato face, grape ears, and craisin eyes, nose, and legs.  

And as a reward for reading an entire post about kindergarten adorableness in learning, I will share this quote from Dr. Seuss’s birthday today.  We were reading Dr. Seuss ABC and on the O page, one student shouts out, “I know that ostriches are fast!  Because they have human legs!”  creepy!