Hungry Caterpillar Lesson

Hungry Caterpillar Lesson: Sequencing with the Body

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Objective: students use the body to tell a story.

Based on the book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle, this lesson has students working in partners and triads to create the objects and the caterpillar who systematically eats through each item. Students sequence and retell the story as they transform in the playing of the character and setting . The students identify the character, plot, conflict, setting and message of the story (part of the first grade objectives). This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the First Grade Curriculum and can be used in Kindergarten.

First Grade Drama Journal: Hungry Caterpillar

To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. For each lesson in the curriculum, we have created a corresponding journal page for your students. A drama journal allows participants to reflect on their learning and artistic growth (metacognition). It also allows you, the teacher, to see how students are using the drama vocabulary, thinking about big ideas, and perceiving their own strengths and weaknesses. If you use the journal for assessment and would like more assessment tools, visit our First Grade Curriculum


Grade Level

  • Kindergarten
  • 1st Grade


  • 3 Drama Tools
  • Problem Solving
  • Sequencing
  • Story Elements


  • Animals
  • Fantasy
  • Lifecycles
  • Reality
  • Sequencing
  • Story Elements


  • Open