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The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a great source for English language learning in many ways. The vocabulary children learn from this story has real meaning, they become familiar with food words like apple, pear, plum, strawberry, orange, cake, cheese, ice cream, cucumber, sausage, lollipop, cupcake, watermelon, the days of the week, practice counting and learn about a butterfly's life cycle with many new words (moon, sun, leaf, egg, caterpillar, cocoon, butterfly).
We watched the story several times on YouTube and talked about it a lot. Then we made a lapbook that we can use to retell and act out the story from time to time. First, I am the storyteller and she acts out the hungry caterpillar. She really likes producing munching sounds. The sentences I use are simple: On (Monday), he ate through... and Adele finishes them. Then, as she becomes more familiar with the story and its language, she can tell the whole story by herself.
I put the food pictures in little envelopes and wrote the initial letters of the days on them. We are just learning to recognize the letters in Hungarian so it's a good way to practice it, too. That's also the reason why we added the title from letter cutouts.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar story is a perfect example of CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) where you combine English language learning with science, art, math, PE and music (you can listen and sing The Very Hungry Caterpillar by The Learning Station or try the Tiny Egg Chant from Kathleen Kampa and Charles Vilina (magictimekids.com).
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