Lesson Plan: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Written by Mariana Santos

ArqBahia team of authors.


Main objectives:

– Provide a clear understanding of the story “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and its message about growth, transformation and nutrition.
– Develop text interpretation and critical analysis skills in students.
– Encourage reflection on the importance of a healthy and balanced diet.

Secondary objectives:

– Stimulate students’ creativity by exploring ways to visually represent the story.
– Promote collaboration and teamwork in carrying out the proposed activities.
– Foster appreciation for nature and its transformations throughout a butterfly’s life cycle.


To begin the class, the text will be read aloud. book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. Afterwards, there will be a brief discussion about the story, highlighting the main events and characters. Students will be encouraged to share their impressions and comments about the story.

The importance of a healthy and balanced diet will be discussed, highlighting how the caterpillar transforms into a beautiful butterfly after eating properly. The themes of growth, transformation and nutrition present in the story will be explored.


Review of previous knowledge

A review of the story's key concepts will be carried out, encouraging students to retell the sequence of events and identify the moments of transformation of the little caterpillar. The topics of nutrition and growth will be discussed in relation to the development of a caterpillar into a butterfly.

Practical activities

Activity 1: Creating your own caterpillar

Students will be divided into groups and will have the task of creating their own hungry caterpillar, using materials such as colored paper, scissors and glue. They should visually represent the sequence of foods consumed by the caterpillar throughout the story.

Activity 2: Butterfly drawing

Each student will have the opportunity to draw the final butterfly, representing the transformation of the caterpillar after feeding. They will be encouraged to think about the colors and patterns they would like to see on the butterfly.


Learning Check

There will be a presentation of the caterpillars and butterflies created by the students, with each group explaining their design choices and the creation process. The similarities and differences in representations will be discussed, highlighting the creativity of each group.

Student feedback

Students will be invited to share what they learned from the activity and what they enjoyed doing most. They will also be able to express their opinions and suggestions for future activities.


As homework, students will be encouraged to seek more information about the life cycle of butterflies and the importance of nutrition for their development. They can bring examples of other stories that cover similar themes to share in the next class.


To conclude the class, there will be a summary of the main points discussed, highlighting the importance of a healthy and balanced diet for growth and development. The message of transformation present in the story of the hungry caterpillar will be reinforced and how we can apply these concepts in our lives.

Students will be encouraged to reflect on the importance of nourishing not only their bodies, but also their minds and spirits, to reach their full potential for growth and transformation. The beauty and magic of nature will be highlighted, represented by the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly, as an inspiring example of renewal and overcoming.

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