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.
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  • 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 plans include an Overview,Readers' Workshop lessons, and Writers' Workshop lessons.
  • The Official web site of **Eric Carle**
  • Eric Carle's blog! How cool is that?!
  • Pinterest board

Retelling ideas
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.


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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.
Friend.gifDo 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, masksare available that can be copied for retelling this story.
  • Pow_Pow_197.jpgInvite 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.

my_cat.jpgHave 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 wordsin 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.

kangaroo.jpgDoes a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too?*

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Very_Hungry_Caterpillar.gifThe Very Hungry Caterpillar*
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.

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busy_spider.jpgThe Very Busy Spider*

the_very_quiet_cricket.jpgThe Very Quiet Cricket*

lonely_firefly.jpgThe Very Lonely Firefly*

    • 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 - The result!
    • 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)

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VCCBsmall.gifThe Very Clumsy Click Beetle*

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