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Lesson 2: Order of Events

Lesson Plan

The Very Hungry Caterpillar | 460L

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Learning Goal
Show the correct order of events from beginning to end in a story.
Approximately 50 minutes
Necessary Materials
Provided: Direct Teaching Passage, “Get Well Lance;” Direct Teaching and Guided Practice Worksheet, Independent Practice Worksheet
Not Provided: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, scissors, tape
  • Teacher Modeling

    I will remind students that it is very important to think about the order of events in a story so that we can understand what we are reading. Yesterday we learned about beginning and end. Today we are going to be thinking about all the events in a story and put them into the correct order in which they happened. As I read the passage “Get Well Lance” (passage is provided in the unit), I will stop and think aloud about what Sara is doing. While I am thinking aloud, I will write the order of events on the board using pictures.

    TIP: Whenever you are charting for Kindergartners, use pictures as much as possible.

  • Think Check

    Ask: "How do I decide the order that things happen in a story?" Students should respond that as you read you are thinking about what is happening in the story and writing them down in order.

  • Guided Practice

    will read the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and pause and think about what the caterpillar is doing. We will post the appropriate sentence strips (included in the unit) in the correct sequence. I will reshuffle the sentence strips and we will remember the story and put the sentence strips in the correct sequence again.

  • Independent Practice

    will cut out events from the story and put them in the correct sequence from beginning to end. (Sequence cards are provided.)

    TIP: If you are using the Independent Practice activity as an assessment, you may choose to remove the class sentence strips that were posted during the Guided Practice.

Build Student Vocabulary slice

Tier 2 Word: slice
Contextualize the word as it is used in the story The caterpillar ate through one slice of Swiss cheese. That means he ate through a piece of Swiss cheese.
Explain the meaning student-friendly definition) A slice is a thin, flat piece cut from a something larger. The slice of Swiss cheese was a piece cut from a larger hunk of cheese. A slice of bread is a piece of bread cut from a loaf of bread.
Students repeat the word Say the word slice with me: slice.
Teacher gives examples of the word in other contexts The man put three slices of turkey on his sandwich. At the birthday party, the kids all had slices of cake.
Students provide examples What have you eaten a slice of? Tell us about it by saying, “Once I ate a slice of ___________________”.
Students repeat the word again. What word are we talking about? slice
Additional Vocabulary Words still, around

Build Student Background Knowledge

After reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar, share some interesting facts about butterflies. For example, butterflies taste with their feet. They also do not have a mouth or teeth to chew. They have a built in straw to suck up the nectar from flowers.

Texts & Materials

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User Comments

Thank you!!! I'm excited to try this out.

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I loved this. So practical and went well with teaching the importance of order.