Children’s Illustrators #2: Eric Carle

Budding artists get to know Eric Carle's artistic style reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar and viewing several other titles. Using similar blending techniques, scholars create a collage based on the story. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Coordinate the lesson with the school's art teacher—invite them to be a guest speaker about the topic, share art supplies, or co-teach
  • Create a cozy reading corner with an assortment of Carle's books—invite pupils to get comfortable while becoming familiar with his work 
  • Add a science component to the lesson—make it part of a unit about the transformation of caterpillars into butterflies, observe a chrysalis if possible   
Classroom Considerations
  • Research the date The Hungry Caterpillar debuted, use that knowledge to answer a comprehension question in section three
  • Art supplies and several books are required 
  • Provides a list of recommended books to assist with the lesson 
  • Offers tips to keep the lesson simple yet powerful 
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