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The Very Impatient Caterpillar Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Are you an elementary teacher looking for The Very Impatient Caterpillar activities and lesson plans? If so, you found the right place! This post includes resource recommendations for teachers. These teaching resources will help bring this read aloud to life in your classroom. You will have what you need to deliver an engaging interactive read aloud lesson.

In addition, this post includes tons of helpful information about the book for teachers. For example, it includes the summary, genre, and reading level. This will help you determine if this book is a good fit for your age group and will be of interest to your specific group of students.

Ross Burach’s picture book, The Very Impatient Caterpillar, is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. Teachers and students enjoy the funny story that depicts two caterpillars talking to one another. One of the caterpillars is patient and the other is definitely not. Your students will get a kick out of the humorous dialogue between the two!

This book lends itself to teaching many different strategies, skills, and topics. Here are three examples. Firstly, this book can be used to teach the writing skill of using dialogue. Secondly, it can be used to teach the SEL skill of patience. Thirdly, you can even use it to introduce the science topic of metamorphosis. The learning opportunities are limitless!

In conclusion, The Very Impatient Caterpillar will be a big hit in your classroom!

Engage Your Students with The Very Impatient Caterpillar Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of The Very Impatient Caterpillar. You can find it in the section below.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with The Very Impatient Caterpillar reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

THE VERY IMPATIENT CATERPILLAR SUMMARY

Have you ever felt impatient? The caterpillar in The Very Impatient Caterpillar certainly has! This story is told in a humorous, speech-bubble format. It shows dialogue between an impatient caterpillar and a patient caterpillar.

Through this story, the caterpillar explores what it means to metamorphose into a butterfly. Readers learn about the life cycle of butterflies.

This book lends itself to teaching so many different things!

THE VERY IMPATIENT CATERPILLAR LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy, printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for The Very Impatient Caterpillar, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based The Very Impatient Caterpillar reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • analyzing character
  • ask and answer questions
  • sequence

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • patience
  • positive self-talk
  • advocating

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • contractions
  • punctuation
  • ellipses 

THE VERY IMPATIENT CATERPILLAR ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
The Very Impatient Caterpillar book companion
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The Very Impatient Caterpillar book cover and sequencing worksheet

BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for The Very Impatient Caterpillar?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD260L
  • Guided Reading Level: K
  • DRA Level: 16 – 18
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 1.6

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written and illustrated by Ross Burach.

What genre is The Very Impatient Caterpillar?

It is a comedy and humor book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 32 pages long.

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