1-2-3 Figure Out Story Elements With Me
Making The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Dangler is a fun way to help students reinforce their understanding of content, as well as the following Common Core State Standards:L.K.2a, L.K.2b, RF.K.3a, RF.K.3d, RF.1.1a, RL.1.2,W.K.7,SL.K.2, RL.K.2, RL.K.3
The "craftivity" is an interesting way for students to show their ability to retell a story, as well as a gauge for the teacher to see if anyone needs help with comprehension.
(The smile is the title of the story, and the circle is about characters and setting. The leaf with the egg on it = the beginning of the story, the apple = the middle of the story, and the 3D butterfly = the end of the story. )
After reading the story review concepts of print with your students. Discuss who the characters are, where the setting takes place, as well as what happens in the beginning, middle and end of the story.
When students can identify the important events from the beginning, middle and end of a story, their reading comprehension and writing ability improves.
This knowledge helps a reader understand how organization, sequence, and plot make a good story, so they hopefully will include it in their own writing. (It's been said that "Good readers are also good writers.")
Here's How To Make The Hungry Caterpillar Dangler:
Cut lengths of yarn for each child. So they don’t get knotted, fasten them to a paper plate with a bottom and top slit cut out. Lay the yarn between the slits.
Make the eye, nose and antennae templates by cutting out the patterns and tracing them on an old file folder.
Older students can trace and cut out their own pieces, but it really expedites things for little ones, if these are already pre-cut by a room helper.
Run off the body parts on construction paper. To save paper, each child gets one body part.
To hang them together simply run a piece of yarn across the back and tape each section to it.
I like the more finished 3D look of giving children two of each body section.
To attach, they flip their pieces over and put them in a line with ½ an inch of space between them.
Children rub glue on the back, lay the yarn on top and then glue the other half over it.
I wanted the leaf to be 3D, so I only glued half of the leaf together, and let the other half stick out.
To represent a butterfly egg, I fastened a mini white pom pom to the right side of the leaf with a glue dot.
I also wanted to make the butterfly 3D, so I folded the wings up on either side of the thorax.
Rub glue on just the thorax area and press the other thorax over it. Fluff the wings and they will look like the butterfly is flying.
Pass out the pieces to the children. They fill in the information and assemble their Story Dangler.
Punch a hole in the top of the head and make a yarn loop.
If you want to cover even more standards, have students add another circle or make a heart to tell why they liked or did not like the story, or compare this story to another caterpillar or butterfly story and state which one they liked better.
These look adorable hanging from the ceiling (if you have front and back pieces) or hung in a row on the wall if you used Scotch tape.
Click on the link to view/download The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Dangler.
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