Friday, May 18, 2012

Some are hairy and fat!

Isn't that a great sentence? Are you wondering what this first-grader is describing? (Think academics, people, not how some of us feel at the start of swimsuit season...)

This little gem came from a student in Reagan's class. Earlier in the week she graciously allowed me to be a guest classroom teacher and try out my newest TpT unit on her students. (I have to say--it was fun to step out of my librarian shoes and go back to where I started my teaching career in a first grade classroom!) 

The first thing we did was to read this great caterpillar book about friendship:
This is not a new book, but back when I was a classroom teacher I always read it to my kids and they loved it!

Next we did an activity that had us thinking about fact and fiction, caterpillar style:

Then the kids got to work writing down caterpillar facts...
lots of facts, which explains the "fat and hairy" sentence, right?!

And finally, the facts were linked together to create adorable Caterpillar Datapillars! 

This Datapillar lesson plus more activities are available here at my TpT store. And although I highly recommend getting the book Charlie the Caterpillar by Dom De Luise, many of the activities in this unit can be adapted to other caterpillar/butterfly picture books.

Well friends, after a long day helping at my school's Field Day, I am signing off. I will leave you with one fact of my own, though:


  1. Hooray! It was such a blast slacking off and letting someone take my kids on a learning adventure! They were mesmerized by your amazing teaching! NO ONE on Earth reads a story like you do!

  2. Hi Swertsy!
    Squirrels here. I am your newest follower and I have added Datapillars and Reading Puppies to my cart I love them both~- Thanks for helping to keep us excited about the year to come!!!

    Going Nutty!

  3. how stinkin' cute!!! It is added to my wishlist when we get to that next year! :)

    ♥ Jen
    The Teacher's Cauldron

  4. LOVE this it's in my cart for fall fun!

    First Grade @ Klinger Cafe