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Eric Carle: 5 Great Books Plus 5 Great Activities
Eric Carle: 5 Great Books Plus 5 Great Activities
Greetings! Much like my blog www.teachersland.com this lens is all about great ideas, activities, and resources for Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers. This Lens gives five activities that can be done using 5 different books by Eric Carle. Personally, I am a preschool teacher in Georgia with a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education. I grew up surrounded by teachers-my mother is a teacher, all of my aunts on my dad's side are teachers, my brother and sister-in-law are teachers-I guess you could say teaching is in my blood. I spent many years in college searching for a path that was my own and a field I could be passionate about and I studied everything from Science to Art. I learned a lot about a lot of different things and finally found that sharing the information I had gained with others is what truly makes me happy. I found that teaching is my passion. I love coming up with fun, creative and engaging ways to teach my students new information and skills. I love the challenge that teaching presents and the ability to use all of the skills I learned along my path. I hope you find this Lens useful! - Teacher's Land
5 Eric Carle Books
1 - Rooster's Off to See the World Collage
This a fun project that the kiddos really love!
To create this project I make a rough sketch of a scene from the book and make copies. Don't worry you don't have to be a great artist to pull this off all you need is a rough outline. The kids take care of the rest by gluing on small torn pieces of tissue paper in the outlines. For my kiddos I usually take time the day before to ball up little pieces of tissue and have them sorted by color into cups. This makes it easier for them to grasp and to stick on. You will be amazed at how well these turn out. Here is an example I made. For added dimension you could scan the pictures and print them out. This is a modified homage to the way Eric Carle creates his pictures form tissue paper. This activity could be done with any of Eric Carle's books.
2 - Awesome Story Prop for The Very Hungry Caterpillar
I found this amazing idea for a story prop on pintrest. My version is pictured. I used an empty bread crumb can and covered it with white card stock. Then, I pasted an image of a caterpillar on the front, used pipe cleaners for antennae and an image of a cocoon on the back (I always change this word to chrysalis when reading the book and doing life cycle). I cut an opening for the mouth using an x-acto knife and saved milk caps to hold the images of the food. As you read the story the students feed the caterpillar and then you turn the can around when he builds a chrysalis around himself and open the container and pull out a butterfly hand puppet to finish the story. This is a fun way to make the read aloud interactive and engage your students! It could also be used for the students to retell the story after the read aloud.
3 - The Grouchy Ladybug Sharing Plate
This is one of my favorite projects I have designed. You need: two paper plates, red paint, paintbrush, black paint, black pipe cleaners, wiggly eyes, black construction paper, crayons and a brad. First I refer my students back to the list of thing that we could share that we talked about at circle time and ask them to draw a picture of something they could share with a friend on one of the paper plates. I ask them what their drawing is of and write it on the plate. Sit the sharing plates to the side so they do not get damaged in the second part of the activity. Next, have the students paint the other plate red. The plate will need time to dry. Either have the students cut out a large oval of black construction paper or pre-cut it. Then place wiggly eyes on the paper and punch holes at the top to stick pipe cleaners through to form antennae. After the red plate is dry have students use their thumbs to create black paint dots on the plate for the ladybugs spots. Cut the plate in half when dry and punch a hole in each side at the top. Punch wholes in the sharing plate at the top and in the head at the bottom. Then tread them all onto the brad to assemble the ladybug. You can punch holes in the red plate and use short pieces of pipe cleaner to create feet if desired. This activity always turns out so cute!
4 - 10 Little Rubber Ducks Sponge Painting
This is a great book for counting activities. Have your students use finger paint to create an ocean scene. They then sponge 10 rubber ducks on to the paper to create a cute scene from the book. After they are done you can review math vocabulary such as first and second, last etc. while looking at their art work.
5 - A House for Hermit Crab Paper Plate Collage
A House for Hermit Crab is about a crab who has outgrown his shell. Throughout the story he finds objects and other sea life to decorate his shell for beautification and protection. For this activity you need a paper plate, red paint, wiggly eyes and anything you want to add glitz to the shell. First you make a hand print on a piece of paper let it dry then cut it out. While the hand print is drying have your students decorate the back of the paper plate with art supplies--I usually empty out my odds and ends of pom poms, tissue paper, stickers, glitter and jewels. After both pieces dry attach the hand to the paper plate and add wiggly eyes to two of the fingers. This activity is so much fun and the kids all come up with a unique home for their hermit crab!