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Eric Carle is the offical author study for Kindergarten. We study Eric Carle in Readers' and Writers' Workshop. In Readers' Workshop, we focus the instruction on story elements and reading responses. In Writers' Workshop, we use this study to write responses with an emphasis on books by the same author and across his books.
5 year old Eric Carle!!
See Eric Carle's Official
Photo and Video Gallery
At Chets Creek, we have available
Author Study: Eric Carle
which is a complete author study for kindergarten written by America's Choice NCEE, but is currently out of print.
The Denver school district uses the same Readers' and Writers' Workshop that we use and Unit 6 is their Eric Carle Author Study that also includes student and teacher artifacts.. The
include an Overview,Readers' Workshop lessons, and Writers' Workshop lessons.
The Official web site of
Eric Carle's blog!
How cool is that?!
One of the goals of this Author Study is to have children practice oral retelling so that they are able to hold the entire story in their memory so they can retell in writing. Below are some suggestions for practicing oral retelling.
"Follow the Yellow Brick Road"
Introducing Eric Carle
Getting to Know Eric Carle Youtube video
Examples of classroom charts
(This is upside down!)
Art by Eric Carle
art activity inspired by Eric Carle's
Eric Carle's blog about end papers
Books by Eric Carle
with suggestions for teaching the book following each picture and title.
Books with a star (*) are books that are included in
NCEE Eric Carle Author Study
. While there are many, many activites that connect to each of the books, it is the intention of this wiki to only add those activities that enhance children's understanding of the vocabulary and sequence of the story so that they can retell or summarize it. We have not included many art activites unless they are directly related to Eric Carle's collage-type art or that help the student understand the sequence of the story. There are a few connections to Skills Block activities that might be going on while teaching this unit.
Do You Want to Be My Friend?*
Retell the story by acting it out. For props buy your own copy of the book (buy a cheaper used book for this project). Take the book apart and laminate each page. Give each student a two-sided picture card. Each card contains an animal on one side and his tail on the other side. Let students arrange themselves so that they are in the same order as the animals in the story. To begin, have the students show the side containing the tail only. As each animal is mentioned, student turns his card over so that the animal can be shown.
In the art section of this site,
are available that can be copied for retelling this story.
Invite each student to draw a picture of one of the animals on a large index card. Read the story and have students bring the picture of their animals as you read that part of the story. These pictures can be placed in a sentence strip chart that can be used to retell the story.
Have You Seen My Cat?*
Have You Seen My Cat?
is a good book for identifying high frequency words. This site includes flash cards of some of the
high frequency words
in the story that could be sent home for practice or used in Skills Block.
Invite each student to choose a cat and create a cat masks out of tagboard or construction paper. Invite students to decorate these and then use them to act out the story. Put the masks and copies of the book in a Center for retelling.
Connection to technology:
Make a class Google map locating the different types of cats in the book.
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too?*
From Head to Toe*
A video clip of Eric Carle reading From Head to Toe
with Fred Rogers from PBS
Read on Eric Carle's blog about how he got the
idea for From Head to Toe
Video for singing the book!
A 2010 bog post with a voicethread of a retelling of From Head to Toe -
Eric Carle's From Head to Toe
From Head To Toe Assessment.doc
The Very Hungry Caterpillar*
Eric Carle reading the story on
Barnes and Noble's online storytime
Website on the
life cycle of a caterpillar;
Discuss how the life cycle of a butterfly compares with the sequence in the book.
for The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Felt board patterns
for the story
More felt board patterns:
Unusual, but cute props to retell the story with a
Parmesean Cheese can
could help the child retell the story by ordering the pictures and then using them to remember the sequence
a student book idea for retelling
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
another cute student
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
cute retelling pieces
A blog with a video of a teacher presentation
of the story with props.
Use large index cards to draw the parts of the story that can be sequenced in a pocket chart to help students remember the sequence
Sing this song to the tune of the
Itsy Bitsy Spider.
Make sure to talk about the sequence of the song and how it is like the sequence of the story.
The fuzzy caterpillar
Curled up on a leaf;
Spun her little chrysalis
And then fell fast asleep.
While she was sleeping,
She dreamed that she could fly.
And later when she woke up,
She was a butterfly.
The Very Busy Spider*
This site includes a weeklong lesson plan for
The Very Busy Spider
colored cards to use in a retelling
Use a "spider web" (concept web) to write the story elements or you could use a web for synonyms for busy.
Perform a Reader's Theatre or retelling with puppets:
spider puppets 1.doc
spider puppets 2.doc
headbands for retelling
black and white children's copies of the story as
Make a new class book using different animals and different sounds or make a new story altogether (The Very Busy Student, etc.) Consider illustrating your new innovation of the story using Eric Carle's collage technique.
The Very Quiet Cricket*
Eric Carle's blog about his quintet of
which would make a nice foundation for a response to literature about how the books are alike.
Popsicle stick puppets
Printable emergent readers
The Very Lonely Firefly*
word builders memory game.doc
Connect to Skills Block/ Vocabulary - Compound Words Memory Game: This book is full of compound words: (
firefly, lightbulb, flashlight, etc.)
The game is played in partner pairs and they flip over 2 cards. If it's a real compound word they get to keep the match, if not they put them back and it's the next player's turn.
A 2010 blog post of a child's response that exceeds the standard -
A 2010 blog post of a child retelling of
The Very Lonely Firefly
The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle and Josey
Artwork based on the book "The Very Lonely Firefly" (but not very Eric Carle style)
The Very Clumsy Click Beetle*
click beetle character web.doc
"Quick, Click, and Flip" word game
Connect to Skills Block:
click beetle -ed ending.doc
-click beetle pull through with -ed ending
Youtube animated story
Hello, Red Fox
Draw Me a Star
The Secret Birthday Message
The Grouchy Ladybug
Connect to Skills Block/ Vocabulary: Make a list of synonyms for grouchy
Connect to Skills Block/ Vocabulary: Make a word wall of feelings allowing students to write a feeling word on a paper plate and illustrate the feeling (happy= smiley face, etc.)
A blog post that features a
class' stick puppet video
retelling of the book.
A blog post of a retelling on
The Grouchy Ladybug
compound word puzzles.doc
an animal vocabulary match
Make pancakes with your class -
Functional Writing -Write the recipe for pancakes
-Sequence the steps to make pancakes
Blog entry that includes a voicethread of an
innovation of Little Cloud.
The Mixed Up Chameleon
Papa Please Get the Moon for Me
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
Listen to Eric Carle read //Brown Bear, Brown Bear//
Watch an interview
of Eric Carle about his relationship with Bill Martin, Jr. and their final book together,
Baby Bear, Baby Bear
Eric Carle Celebration Day
Celebrating Eric Carle in 2012
2010 Schedule and Activities
2010 Eric Carle Celebration Day.doc
008 Eric Carle Celebration Day
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