Friday, April 13, 2012

Teaching many levels at once; lapbooks for The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Butterflies

We enjoy doing unit studies for our group school times.  As my older kids get older and I still have little ones I'm needing to tweak how we are doing this.  As we are getting back into the swing of things I put together a unit study on butterflies geared to two different levels.

My younger kids love The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  I figured putting together a lapbook based on that book would be fun for them.  I wanted to include a memory verse and I wanted to keep my first grader interested.  I made sure I had some handwriting for him to do, and planed to have him help teach the younger ones (he is a leader, so this was going to keep him interested!)  We made our own Very Hungry Caterpillar books, and I used this link for many of the pintables.  This lesson included days of the week, shapes, colors, a puzzle as well as talking about foods (healthy vs. junk) and the butterfly life cycle.

I had my older kids make up their own lapbooks doing a study on butterflies.  I checked out plenty of books for them at the library, and I printed up various pages and ideas for them to use.  This link had some good printables.  We used many parts from this lapbook.  The big kids presented their lap books to us at the end of the week.  This allowed my big kids to share what they were learning and an opportunity to show off their hard work.  It also gave my little kids a chance to see what their older siblings had been doing so they could learn from them and be inspired by what they saw.

I'm linking to The Modest Mom.


  1. Your post came at the perfect time, we're starting butterflies on Monday! I printed a few things from the hungry caterpillar. Thank you!

  2. This sounds great! My 7-year old daughter is totally enamored with caterpillars right now!!! I am going to do this!

  3. I love the lap books! I am now re inspired to spruce up our unit studies. Thank you.