Unit Objectives

  • Introduce students to an author and illustrator
  • Read aloud numerous Eric Carle books
  • Teach students how to find Eric Carle books in the Library
  • Reinforce what good browsing looks like
  • Reinforce proper care of books (i.e. page turning by the outside corners)


  • author
  • illustrator
  • spine
  • collage

Sequence of Lessons

Lesson 1

Very Hungry Caterpillar (because he is most famous for this book)
Do You Want to Be My Friend? (because it is his favorite book)
Use PowerPoint presentation
Bookmarks for students (fill in the spine label)

Lesson 2

The Very Lonely Firefly
The Very Grouchy Ladybug
(suggestion: group the Very books together)
Any ideas how to adapt this Kidspiration activity - What makes you grouchy for a K class? Kidspiration template
Idea from this website (2003) that has many ideas, although many links are dead.

Grouchy LadyBug
Song sung to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” (see also http://www.eric-carle.com/bb-ladybug.html)
Oh, I wish I were a little ladybug.
Oh, I wish I were a little ladybug.
I’d be red and black.
I’d eat aphids for my snack.
Oh, I wish I were a little ladybug.

View video, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle's stories.
Powerpoint that automatically shows books he has written to display during browsing time (needs to be created/finished).

Lesson 3

Brown Bear, Brown Bear (to introduce Eric Carle as an illustrator)
Panda Bear, Panda Bear
Polar Bear, Polar Bear
Baby Bear, Baby Bear

Lesson 4

Work with Instructional Technology Specialist to create a student presentation (book pages scanned (Brown Bear is already done and will be posted in the shared curriculum folder on \\wanserver08\curriculum&instruction; kids in pairs record (use PowerPoint)
Students choose favorite book, use KidPix (with teacher, LT, ITS) to write why they chose particular book ("I liked....because....)
and illustrate it appropriately.
Participate in Spotlight Assembly: display of books, students read from their KidPix pages, LCD presentation to audience.
Sandra Malec highlighted a similar project we did, Laura Numeroff with Grade 1, on our web site on the Technology Times page.

Web resources


Other ideas

Enrichment: Match appropriate poems from Eric Carle's Animals Animals with corresponding stories, i.e. Butterfly, Firefly.
Make connections among these and all Eric Carle books (Text to Text, Text to Self, Text to World).
Make predictions.
Learn trademarks of author, i.e. sun illustration, physical surprises (i.e., sounds, page shapes).
I visited the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in August 2007 and had fun in the gift shop. I like to share my experiences from my visit with students and show them some bookmarks, postcards, etc. of various Eric Carle art that I purchased there. (I would be happy to share with others!)
Smartboard Caterpillar Activity