LEVEL: Nursery

OBJECTIVES: At the end of the lesson the pupils should be able to:

1. sequence events
2. contrast a caterpillar from a butterfly
3. create the life cycle of a butterfly
4. make a butterfly artwork

MATERIALS: White cartolina, markers, ruler, cut-outs of fruits and objects seen in the story, watercolor, masking tape, strips of paper for prepared answers, cut-outs of the life cycle of a butterfly, board paper, assorted crepe paper, paste, popsicle sticks

TIME FRAME: 50 minutes


1.) Unlock five words taken from the story. Use pictures or concrete objects and act out action words. For describing words, you need to use either actions or more explanations to give the meaning.
caterpillar, hungry, through, cocoon, nibbled

2.) Ask questions that will prepare the pupils for the story.
What do you like to eat when you are hungry?
(Show the book cover before asking the following question.)
What kinds of food do you think the very hungry caterpillar ate in the story?

3.) Read the story with expression and stop every now and then for comprehension check and prediction.

4.) Sequence events by using chart paper and cut-outs of fruits and objects seen in the story. Ask volunteers to tape the objects on the chart paper to show the correct sequence of events. Put seven columns on this chart paper for the days of the week. These columns will act as the areas on the chart paper where the pupils will tape the cut-outs.

5.) Show another chart where the pupils will tape the characteristics of a caterpillar and those of a butterfly’s. The chart should have a table with two columns where the pupils will tape the prepared descriptions. Prepare descriptions that the pupils will use to distinguish a butterfly from a caterpillar. Read each description aloud and ask what is being described.

It is usually green and long.
It has wings.
It is beautiful.
It crawls on leaves.
It scares some people.
It is colorful.
It can fly.
It has a hairy covering.

6.) Ask the pupils which of the two looks better for them and ask them why. Explain the relationship between the caterpillar and the butterfly. Tell them that they are actually talking of the same thing even if the butterfly looks more beautiful than a caterpillar.

7.) Use another chart to show the life cycle of a butterfly. Ask the pupils to tape the cut-outs that will form the life cycle of a butterfly. Use a blank chart paper and decide if you prefer to make the life cycle from top to bottom or from bottom to top of the chart paper.

8.) Demonstrate the artwork related to the story. The students will make a colorful butterfly by pasting pieces of crepe paper on a pre-cut butterfly. Tape a popsicle stick at the back of the finished product.

(Note: Can be used with Preschool Worksheet: Storytelling of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle.)